Woman who only ate crisp sandwiches for 23 years diagnosed with serious illness


A woman who only ate crisp sandwiches for 23 years decided to she wanted to make a change after developing a chronic illness.

Zoe Sadler has scoffed Walkers crisps on buttered white bread for almost every meal since she was a toddler.

The 25-year-old would polish off two packs of her favorite crisps daily, to the point where other foods would make her feel physically sick.

However, after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis three years ago, Zoe knew it was time to start taking better care of her health – starting with her diet.

She made an appointment with hypnotherapist David Kilmurry, and after just a few sessions has finally been able to eat a proper meal, the Liverpool Echo reports.



Zoe Sadler eating crisps as a tot.

Zoe, from Coventry, explained: “My mum and dad say I tried other foods as a toddler but I always turned my nose up or refused to put them in my mouth. Apparently the only thing mum could get down me were crisps which I used to suck until they were soft.

“I remember being at school when I was little and having crisp sandwiches in my lunch box. They were the only thing I liked to eat.

“I usually had a bowl of dry cereal for breakfast and then a crisp sandwich for lunch and another one for dinner. Sometimes I’d try other flavor crisps because the texture wouldn’t bother me.”

She added: “Christmas was always hard for me because I’d never want very much to eat. I’d be able to have a Yorkshire pudding but never with gravy.”

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After undergoing two two-hour hypnotherapy sessions, Zoe has been able to enjoy her first taste of fruits and vegetables alongside other foods.

She said: “I was diagnosed with MS and I just thought, I need to get healthier and feel better.

“I looked around on the internet and read some articles where David had helped other fussy eaters so contacted him. We had two two-hour sessions which felt like they lasted five minutes each and after the second one I was able to try loads of different foods.



Zoe finally tried some different food about more than two decades of the same meal.
Zoe finally tried some different food about more than two decades of the same meal.

“I can’t believe how nice strawberries are and I even tried a Wagamama chilli squid which was really spicy. I’m looking forward to trying curry and lots of other different foods.”

Warehouse operative Zoe, who weighs 9st and fits into size 8 dresses, lives with fiancé Jason Fox, 28, a carpenter.

Zoe was also motivated to overcome her obsession with crisp sandwiches in time to enjoy a hearty meal at her wedding next March.

She said: “I really don’t just want to be eating crisp sandwiches on my wedding day. Now I’m looking forward to planning our wedding day menu with Jason.”

London-based therapist and hypnotist David Kilmurry hypnotized Zoe after diagnosing her with Avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID).

He said: “Huge credit to Zoe on her recover, her progress has been phenomenal and has superseded my expectations.

“In a very short amount of time with myself and at home she has been calmly eating new meals and incorporated many new high grade fruits and vegetables to her ‘safe’ foods list.

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“Recently diagnosed with MS it is dangerous for her to live on a diet of just crisp sandwiches even if you counteract it with exercise. Straight after hypnotism in the chair Zoe was open to trying new fruits and vegetables including cabbage, blueberries and left with a pot of nuts, cranberry’s and several other foods which she excitedly ate.”

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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