A young woman who only lived on crisp sandwiches for 23 years has been forced to give them up after being diagnosed with a serious condition.
Zoe Sadler, 25, has been addicted to Walkers crisps in buttered white bread since she was a toddler. She would eat two packs of her favorite crisps every day for more than two decades after other foods left her feeling ‘physically sick.’
But after developing Multiple Sclerosis three years ago, Zoe decided to take drastic action to improve her health, as doctors warned her eating habits could be “dangerous” for her.
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She turned to hypnotherapist David Kilmurry and with his help has now finally eaten a proper meal, even adding Wagamama’s spicy chilli squid to her repertoire.
Zoe, from Coventry, said: “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. 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. “
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 .
“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, 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 recovery from her, her progress from her 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.
“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.