Overeating and SPD, adult
My 10 year old son has recently been diagnosed with SPD. I recognize that I have it too. One particular characteristic is that I seek sensation with food. I have been in a 12 step program for overeaters for many years, and have maintained a normal weight, but still crave intense flavors and textures.
For example, I like food to be very chewy or crisp or to have a combination of textures. I like to gnaw on tough food and I lick my fingers, though I maintain decorum in front of others! I also recognize that I like to feel very full, which I manage by eating rather large quantities of vegetables. I talked to my son's OT about this. She suggests that proprioception is strong along the GI tract.
Many people in my 12 step program eat simple food (plain chicken, baked potato, broccoli, with just a little butter) to avoid triggering the addiction, much like an alcoholic never tastes alcohol. I've taken a different approach, more combinations, textures, flavors, but sometimes it triggers my overeating. I'm wondering how to manage this with my new awareness. Should I deliberately create the textures and flavors? Or should I accept that I'll always want more sensation and that maybe I'll never be quite satisfied?
Has anyone else had these experiences and dealt with these questions?