remembering that food exists

zazzerzuzz:

thingsthatverbme:

realsocialskills:

It can be hard to remember that food exists, or notice it while it’s there.

I know a few things that work for some people to mitigate this problem:

For some people, cooking for other people regularly makes it easier to notice that food exists:

  • Sometimes remembering to cook for other people works as a reminder that you need to cook and eat
  • Sometimes the motor/sensory/tactile experience can make it easier to remember that you have food
  • Because for some people, motor memory works better than visual memory

For some people, asking other people for direct help is useful:

  • If you feel like you need to eat, asking a friend to tell you to eat might help
  • Or asking them what you should eat
  • Or how to find the food
  • Some people who can’t figure out food for themselves, *can* tell other people how to find food
  • So if you and a friend both have this problem, you might still be able to help one another

Stashing food in places where you’ll see it can also help:

  • Keeping a box of cheerios or granola bars or something else that lasts a while by your computer might work as a reminder that food exists

These are strategies I know about. Do any of y’all know about others?

This is really helpful. I’m scared of reblogging because seconds before I saw a comment that made me feel like a freak for needing this advice, but I know that it’s good advice.

Also, “there’s an app for that.“ I was just scrolling the app store and saw one that was a meal reminder. Unfortunately, many of them seem to be themed as weight loss. There is one called Recovery Record Eating Disorder Management which has 5/5 stars, if that’s in line with someone’s needs.