- Jodie Brown, 17, had spent years battling with selective eating disorder
- She felt embarrassed, had low self-esteem and was picked on at school
- She ate lemon curd sandwiches and felt sick if she had something else
- But after a visit to a hypnotherapist she has overcome her fear of food
A teenager who spent years living on a diet of lemon curd sandwiches has finally been cured of her eating disorder – thanks to hypnotherapy.
Jodie Brown, 17, had spent years battling with selective eating disorder (SED) and struggled to eat other foods without gagging.
She felt embarrassed, had anxiety problems and was teased at school for her peculiar diet.
But, after the visit to the hypnotherapist, she has finally overcome her fear of food and will start at university soon with a new-found confidence.
Jodie Brown, 17, had spent years battling with selective eating disorder (SED) and struggled to eat foods other than lemon curd sandwiches
While she could nibble at bland foods such as toast, lemon curb sandwiches made up the bulk of her diet
Jodie, from Wolverhampton, said: ‘I was only one or two when it started.
‘Ever since I was little, all I can remember is eating lemon curd. My whole life has been spent eating lemon curd sandwiches, day in and day out.
‘It got to the stage where I couldn’t even bear to eat them anymore – but although I was desperate to try new things, I just couldn’t put anything new in my mouth without gagging.’
While she could nibble at bland foods such as toast and chips, lemon curb sandwiches made up the bulk of her diet.
She explained: ‘I couldn’t physically keep food in my mouth – I couldn’t chew anything, as soon as it went near my mouth I started retching.
‘Even if I just thought about trying new foods, I would get very worked up and anxious.
‘Everyone said I would grow out of it, but as I got older they realised it wasn’t just a fussy phase.
‘It was so embarrassing. People at school would always ask questions, because my lunch looked so peculiar.
‘A lot of people found it really funny, but it wasn’t for me and it got to me a lot. I didn’t take jokes very lightly – it would make me really upset.
‘I was very nervous about things like going to birthday parties and going out for dinner – often I would try and avoid it altogether.’
She added: ‘I always dreaded things like Christmas dinner, when we were all sitting around the table as a family. All eyes were on me – I used to attempt to try things, but then I’d start gagging and retching and I’d hate having everyone look at me.
‘Any social event or party would be ruined through sheer anxiety.’
Jodie explained: ‘I couldn’t physically keep food in my mouth – I couldn’t chew anything, as soon as it went near my mouth I started retching’
But after visiting hypnotherapist and life coach David Kilmurry, Jodie has finally found the confidence to try new foods.
He introduced her to basic foods such as fruit and vegetables and then to more flavorsome dishes such as olives and fajitas.
She said: ‘Until now, I haven’t been able to imagine my life without an SED.
‘I’ve been to restaurants and eaten the same things as everyone else, which is something I never thought I’d be able to do.
‘There’s still a lot of anxiety, but the initial fear of food is completely gone, and that was the main thing in my way.
‘I’ve got a bit of a way to go, but I’m a hell of a lot better already. I’m going to university soon, so I’m glad I have the confidence to try new things – I’m growing up and I need to be able to look after myself.
‘Now I’ve tried so many new foods I can’t even bear to look at lemon curd sandwiches anymore.’
After visiting hypnotherapist and life coach David Kilmurry, Jodie has finally found the confidence to try new foods
Jodie dieted on lemon curd sandwiches and felt sick if she had something else
Her parents Carol, 52, and Jon Brown, 54, are delighted she has finally overcome her problems.
Her mother said: ‘I must have bought thousands of jars of lemon curd over the years – there were always at least a couple in the cupboard. For Jodie to be trying new things now without gagging or retching is just unbelievable.
‘I never thought she’d get to this stage – she’s seen the doctor numerous times, but we were always told it was just fussy eating and she’d grow out of it.
‘It’s been a struggle, but she’s done so well and I’m so proud of her – she even eats my cooking now.’