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Re: Baby food. - August 1st 2018, 10:11 AM

I don't think it's "weird" at all. It sounds like it's a very comforting thing for you. We all have things that comfort us when our mood gets low and some people just like the texture of certain foods. You definitely don't often get the same texture from most other foods. I also don't think this would necessarily be detrimental to your health with your current eating habits considering baby food has the same nutrition in it as the food would have if it weren't pureed, but baby food on its own does no have enough nutrition in it for an adult.

If you're currently seeing a counselor, it may be a good idea to explore the reasons behind why you enjoy it so much. There can be a lot of reasons for it, to be honest. However, I would urge you to speak to some form of professional if this starts replacing "proper" meals that have the amount of nutrition needed for an adult as it then would be a detrimental habit/coping mechanism. I also would keep an eye on how much you're spending on the food because if you're buying so much of it to the point that you don't have enough money to pay for other essential things (such as any bills, food with the nutrition you need as an adult, supplies for things like personal hygiene, etc) because this would also be detrimental to you.

In all, you're not "weird". Most people have healthy non-traditional methods that help them cope with intense emotions. I absolutely don't believe you'd be the only person in the world who does this either. I believe there is almost always someone else out there like you.



I wanted to add last that I found [this] article on The Mighty about unexpected coping techniques. I think #18 is the most relevant to what you're experiencing:
Quote:
18. “Doing crafts I used to do as a child. Going back to when things were simple and life hadn’t hit just yet. Popsicle sticks, glue, glitter — all the silly things I used to play with. Then my imagination starts to develop.” Jennie L.
It's not the same coping strategy, but this person is still going back to doing things they did as a young child that a lot of people wouldn't consider to be an "okay" thing to do as an adult (without a child as an excuse). Which, it's absolutely okay. Not sure if that article helps at all, but I hope it does.


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