I have difficulty eating and drinking at work due to comments made to me by a former employer and issues with using the toilets where I work. Whilst I do notice at times I don’t feel great due to total starvation, on the whole I manage to go for the majority of the day with no food or drink at all, and when I’m struggling mentally (as it is currently) I can go a few days without consuming anything at all. Meanwhile, I somehow still get all of my work and activities done. Yet when I raise this with doctors (as I know this isn’t healthy) they always respond with ‘well you must have consumed something otherwise you would be ill from that’. But that’s just the thing, my body appears to have a peculiar robustness when it comes to starvation.
So I’m wondering, is this an aspie thing, is it because other than this I’m really healthy, or is it just my body being an unusual one?! I know of others with autism that have eating/drinking issues but I’m not sure how they manage that or how it affects their ability to function physically/mentally. Any thoughts?
NAS36609 said:Any thoughts?
NAS36609 said:So I’m wondering, is this an aspie thing,
Greetings Aspie-Tree-Person (!)... Preferably others will give better answers than this... but NO it is not an "Aspie" thing.
Try looking up something like "Fasting", and there will be found out that food is used in many different ways, including not used at all. (As to myself, due to very many (annoying) illnesses, my own diet is VERY restricted also.)
Your own body is just that - your own. And so advice from others about how to manage it should be taken as from others. It is indeed a pain trying to PROVE it, though... :-/
I would say, yes, it is an aspie thing, under the general heading of hyposensitive 'interoception', not knowing the state of your body. I get it a bit, less than I used to.
I think we discussed it somewhere else on the forum about not feeling hunger, or not being able to distinguish between feeling hungry and feeling full. The other thing is that immersion in an activity can be so all-consuming that you forget physical needs.
In terms of the physical effects, did your doctor check or comment on your BMI? I kind of assume three meals a day is still the recommendation, and try to focus on that, although it's pretty irregular. I suspect the current fashion for fasting can't be that unhealthy either.
I regularly go for days without food and water and now I do it consciously because not only do I feel at my best when I don't eat or drink but also I've recently found out that it's the most healing thing you can do for your body. People actually pay lots of money to go and do it under medical (not mainstream medical) supervision ~ they could save themselves some money and simply come round my house! Lol!
Dry fasting, particularly, is the ultimate form of healing. Animals do it in the wild and in the home. It goes against everything we've been taught but there is simply no denying how great I feel, how clear my mind is, how peaceful I am etc, how much energy I have and how good I feel when I dry fast so I'm going for the ultimate in dry fasting, I'm in training to be a breatharian! ~ I don't do things by halves! Lol!
I think the not feeling hunger etc is an aspie thing, I've never felt hunger but anyone can experience the benefits of fasting.
Distinctive Cynosure said:Aspie-Tree-Person
I love it! Maybe not enough to change my name here though - my brain is far too content with the current combination of 3s, 6s and 9s. Sorry guys!
Good point about the fasting. I don’t know why but I hadn’t even thought of it in that way. I guess I wondered if it was an aspie thing in relation to hyposensitivities, but I realise it’s not a diagnostic thing.
Cassandro said:I think we discussed it somewhere else on the forum about not feeling hunger, or not being able to distinguish between feeling hungry and feeling full. The other thing is that immersion in an activity can be so all-consuming that you forget physical needs.
Yes I saw that discussion. It’s true that I often don’t feel hungry or thirsty, but even when I do I appear able to just ignore the signals and carry on which is kind of what I’m getting at here. You are certainly right about getting immersed in something and forgetting physical needs, but I can often be doing nothing and still ignore them!
My BMI is fine, the lowest end of normal. I’m sporty so I guess the weight of muscle helps, but also I do try to get enough calories by having two meals in an evening (when I am eating). It’s unconventional but it appears to be sustaining me at present.
It is usually tiredness or anxiety that stops me eating. I need to be calm to eat and if this aspie head is still processing or over analyzing things that can be a difficult place to reach at times.
I can be fussy about food, i like things simple and natural (was veggie for years) and don't like eating out.
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BlueRay said:Dry fasting, particularly, is the ultimate form of healing.
Interesting, thank you for that insight. I didn’t know I was doing myself a DIY health benefit! Everything in moderation I guess. I certainly feel different myself when I haven’t consumed anything, and whilst I don’t feel ill with it it’s hard to describe exactly how I do feel.
I agree, I think there’s a sensory part to it with regards to not feeling hungry/thirsty.
Yes, anxiety stops me eating too. In fact, I think that any strong emotional state does it for me, which correlates with your sense of needing to be calm. Guess that’s why I’ve never understood the concept of comfort eating!
I’m also fussy e.g. I don’t like any sauces, I can’t stand the smell of certain foods, I don’t like certain foods touching etc. I was always teased for this as a young child, but I guess this and others symptoms still weren’t enough to scream ‘autism’ at anyone until later.
On the topic of eating, elephants are welcome here as long as they don’t chew at my tree bark!
I saw your reply to Cassandro. I get that also and I am also a skinny elephant. 5ft 8inches and 8st 2 currently... and in a shrinking phase...but Im on holiday from work soon, so will gain weight again soon with that stressor removed.
I never used to stop eating and drinking on purpose, like you, it’s all to do with sensory stuff but I was delighted to find that I was actually doing myself a favour!
After I haven’t eaten in a few days I do get the feeling of what I think is hunger but it feels amazing to me, it feels so good I don’t want to eat, to prolong the feeling, lol, but yes, it’s definitely all in moderation and fasting is an intuitive thing and requires knowledge but I’m glad I discovered the benefits because now I can work out an eating schedule that works for me and gives me optimal health.
I switched my diet to a raw vegan diet as well which has made an incredible difference to my health. My body loves raw food and I don’t get any of the horrible after effects of eating cooked food so I’ve got a lot of good info now to finally build an eating plan that works for me.