Adult food phobias are exactly that – adults who are either terrified of eating certain types of food or who are fussy and picky around food. This prevents a balanced diet and therefore has enormous future health implications.
Selective eating is common in children and adolescents who are naturally picky about what they eat but then grow out of this in adulthood. However, some do not overcome this stage. Fussy eating continues with more extreme phobias around certain foods developing, seriously affecting relationships and causing conflicts and anxiety. A family outing to a restaurant or a romantic evening out becomes a major event and can be stressful for the sufferer who is surrounded by foods they’re deeply uncomfortable with.
Health professionals have concluded that phobias around certain foods stem not so much from memories or trauma, but from an incident. The phobia or fussiness is then linked to the sight, taste, smell and texture of the food in question, like gagging on a cracker for example. From this incident a fear of choking could manifest from eating anything dry or crunchy. Some sufferers start having irrational cleanliness issues with how food is prepared.
Often conventional treatments don’t work with sufferers pleading with doctors to help them. The condition has been linked with OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) and as such, cognitive behavioural therapy is used. However, a large amount of those with food phobias have found huge success with hypnotherapy and NLP (neuro linguistic programming).
Seeing a hypnotherapist or listening to a professional recording written specially for this condition has helped adults break free from their phobias and lead normal lives again. Interestingly with this type of therapy, usually only one session is needed but sufferers can listen to the hypnotherapy recording as much as is needed to gain benefit. The therapy works by reprogramming the mind and is therefore very deep and effective. NLP is like finding the owner’s guide to your brain and therefore holds endless possibilities for improving the life of sufferers of this condition.
Hypnotherapy and NLP work from the inside out by making changes in the subconscious mind, so, after the session (usually only one session is needed), sufferers are attracted to the whole range of foods on offer and not just restricted to the unhealthy handful the phobia allows.
Those suffering from adult food phobias who are worried about their health, sick of friends laughing at their strange condition, who want freedom from gagging on certain foods and who are tired of their restricted diet, have found benefit by using hypnotherapy and NLP.