Just to be clear I think that respecting food sensory issues is a crucial part of respecting the lives of Autistic people and others with similar minds. That means:
-Not making judgments on the health/moral value of what others are eating.
-Trusting people to eat the food that is best for them given their circumstances.
-Allowing people around you to eat, try, or not eat food you have made based on their needs that day.
-Controlling negative food talk in public.
I should clarify: by "controlling negative food talk" I don't mean not saying things like "I don't like asparagus" I mean not making judgements about the health/moral value of food in front of other people. Even if you personally think humans shouldn't eat starch/fruit/milk or whatever, humans have done well on diverse diets for millennia. Statements like that are triggering to people who struggle with disordered eating or have limited diets due to sensory issues.
@Isocelesisopod as an autistic person with a very very restrictive food pallet, thank you so much
@FirstProgenitor you're welcome. Life would be so much easier if people could just mind their own damn business....
@Isocelesisopod ...Wait, autism affects how you want to eat food? I remember when I was a kid I was super picky and my parents were always trying to make me eat stuff. Is this a common thing? :/
Many Autistic people are "picky" eaters with restricted diets.
I think it's mostly related to sensory processing issues with food texture and food taste, as well as aversions to change or food neophobia. Sensory issues with smell may be involved for some people, though it's not the main issue for me
The only foods I've grown to like are ones I've chosen myself and didn't have too strong of an aversion to.
It's really hard because most of the food I like is only on kids' menus and the older I get, the harder that is to deal with
@Laura_I @Angle yeah, ironically my palate actually got slightly more able to try different foods AFTER I moved out of a stressful environment and into a place I could try new foods/methods of preparing them in a non judgemental setting. The list of foods I can eat is still incredibly small compared to most, but I was able to add foods like hummus and lentil soup I wasn't able to eat before.
@Angle pretty much every Autistic people I know has mild to very severe food sensory issues. I myself can barely eat meat or most vegetables unless they are prepared in a certain way.
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