Anonymous asked realsocialskills:I don’t really know how to say this the best way, but apparently I “might” have Aspergers. I had been having some trouble at college, and the woman we spoke to at disabilities services said that…
Hang on, forgetting to eat is an Aspie trait?
It can be, yes.
For a couple of reasons:
- Autistic people have trouble with sensory processing, and noticing hunger relies on accurately interpreting certain sensations
- For some autistic people, this means that it’s actually hard to consistently notice hunger
- Autistic people often have trouble with executive functioning that can make the process of getting food confusing enough that you end up not bothering often enough
- Autistic people also often have trouble identifying things as edible and realizing that it’s possible to eat them and not be hungry anymore
I wrote a post a while back on how to cope when food is too hard.
I have a lot of trouble with the last one. I will go into a store that only sells food and look at all the things and none of it will look like food for reasons I don’t fully understand and I will walk out of the store having only bought a chocolate milk.
it can help to have a plan for what i’m trying to make out of the food, sometimes. but not always.
me: are you food?
carrot: no, i’m not food. i’m an ingredient.
me: oh, oh well.
(completely forgetting that i like carrots and that they go well in many of the things i like to cook)
if I can hold it in memory that I’m looking for ingredients, and even better, that i’m looking for certain ingredients, my success rate improves.
This. Or I’ll buy a random assortment of things, none of which seem edible when I get home.
I tend to have really specific sensory desires for food, and if they can’t be met i’ll just not end up eating. Like if I’m hungry for salty chicken soup, and we don’t have chicken soup, i’ll just not eat, because even if we have something close it wont be the same. Plus terrible exec functioning skills means that even if we do have that food, i might not be able to make it. this is why i live almost entirely off of popcorn and diet coke, because those two are always sensory friendly.
I do that too, so I try to always keep around the foods that are reliably edible for me.