This is a question I suspect a lot of people would like an answer to. Unfortunately, I don’t know of any proven “cure”, though there are lots of things a person could try. A lot of us haven’t tried any form of formal treatment beyond our own efforts, which I imagine is partly because the medical profession doesn’t even acknowledge our problem. If you have been to a doctor, they might have suggested a nutritionist – as if the problem stems from nutritional ignorance – whose best advice is probably “eat fruit and vegetables”. Doh! Like we hadn’t thought of that! Like if it was that easy we’d still be having a problem! On top of this, thinking we were the only one, and being met with little sympathy or advice from doctors, probably discouraged us from hoping that there was anything that could be done, or that the medical profession really gave two hoots about it.
There are a couple of things though that I have heard people talk about in relation to this – I haven’t personally tried any, and I know that the rate of success is very variable. I think this is because we are a diverse group, and selective eating is not a unitary phenomenon – one’s level of success with a given treatment will depend on the cause and nature of one’s problem, which is not the same for all of us.
So here are some suggestions – you will probably have thought of them already, but just in case:
- Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
- Behaviour Modification
- Food Chaining
- Neuro-Linguistic-Programming (NLP)*
* My personal view, as a psychologist of sorts, is that NLP is a dangerous, disingenuous, charlatanistic thing and I wouldn’t touch it with a bargepole. Makes me think of Scientology, to be quite frank. Your mileage may vary, so don’t let my view influence you. I just can’t bring myself in all conscience to recommend it.