A mom-of-two with a “fear of food” has revealed she's lived off a diet of cheese sandwiches for almost 30 years.
April Griffiths from Warwickshire in England has baulked at the thought of eating anything other than a cheese sandwich for breakfast, lunch and dinner since she was a tot due to mealtime phobias.
Whenever the 29-year-old attempts to have new foods she has a panic attack. “My whole body begins to shake, and I am terribly nervous,” she says.
Despite trying out hypnotherapy sessions in a bid to overcome her phobias, nothing has ever been able to cure her phobia.
“The fear of choking and experiencing a different texture of food scares me,” she explains.
“Even though I’ve tried to eat pea-sized portions of rice, pasta or vegetables I’ve never been able to swallow it without throwing up.”
According to April, she alternates between sandwiches filled with mature cheddar, Red Leicester and crisps on special occasions.
The mom, who revealed that she does at times feel “bored of cheese sandwiches” says she’s still unable to overcome her phobia “even with years of counselling”.
But now that her eight-month-old toddler has started eating solids it’s becoming difficult to feed him as she’s noticed that “he’d prefer crisps for dinner too”.
April has now resorted to eating in another room after feeding him to try and prevent him from developing the same eating habits.
April’s partner, Leigh, hopes that her diet will change.
“It might not affect her now but in years to come she might have serious health issues,” he said.
SOURCES: Magazine Features