After several years of cutting out multiple foods due to allergies, intolerances, and sensitivities, I discovered that food restriction did not need to be a permanent part of my life. In essence, I had reset my gut and was able to gradually reintroduce foods that I had once thought I could never eat again! I […]
With the bouts of sensory and physical pain that we autistic people can so easily suffer, we have to ask ourselves: Are favored foods really worth the digestive pain they can cause? Allergy fog, digestion cramps, intolerance headaches. What changes can and do we make to reduce these unnecessary side effects? Will we value our […]
Eat at restaurants with a quiet outdoor seating arrangement. This can ease the overstimulation caused by background chatter and music. Remember to bring sunglasses and/or a hat though!
Eating disorders are prevalent in the autistic women community. Why? Every individual on the spectrum is different, but a few possibilities include: unhealthy coping skills from masking, seeking validation through appearance because of social rejection, fear of food due to food intolerances, black and white mindset toward eating, and more. Please remember: Even if an […]
Here’s a quick tip to help destimulate. Instead of watching a show, reading a book, fiddling on your phone, or listening to music, eat a meal in a dimly lit, silent space. I find this really helps me to breathe and process through an overstimulating or exhausting morning/day.
Have you ever noticed that our special interests can make us forget to eat? Have you ever tried to routinize and schedule eating, cooking all the same things, but then get super frustrated if a meal is missed (even if hunger is not involved)? Eating is tricky for autistics. And people often judge how others […]
I cannot say this enough to fellow autistic people – please drink water! Especially when seasons change, and the weather gets drier, staying hydrated is essential for autistic individuals for many reasons. Here are a few:1) Dry air equals dry skin. Dry skin makes for sensory nightmares with clothing textures. Water (and a good moisturizer) […]
Poor digestion is a common problem that many autistic people face. We also enjoy repetitive eating, which can cause sudden eating intolerances. While I’ll never tell an autistic person to stray out of their comfort foods, I would like to give a few tips to make eating less painful:1) Eat at the table, not on […]
This tip is about food, meal routines, and weight gain over the holidays. This topic can be sensitive, especially for autistic women who have increased odds for developing eating disorders. As such, I’m giving a trigger warning for this tip. The holidays are a tough time for food. ASD thrives in routine and structure. Food […]
Everyday can feel filled with regimented, structured social “have-to’s.” Have to wake up and get dressed in work-appropriate attire. Have to wear my hair in a societally appropriate way. Have to follow social rules and actual law when driving. Have to eat healthily. But at the end of my day, how am I supposed to […]