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Featured Snacking as a stim - need better alternatives

Discussion in 'General Autism Discussion' started by Nervous Rex, Jan 30, 2020.

  1. Raggamuffin

    Raggamuffin Well-Known Member

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    Celery with peanut butter is a weird but satisfying combo

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    I tap "dance" with my feet when I sit. My hands are usually busy, if not typing then holding a book. Also, casual isometrics.
     
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  3. Raggamuffin

    Raggamuffin Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, I can't stop fidgeting either. Apparently it can burn a sizeable amount of calories per day. Hence the snacking perhaps.

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    I have been dealing with the snacking problem for the past year myself, just eating stuff to keep myself busy or just cause I’m bored , I try to eat healthier stuff but it ends up being junk food.
     
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    I snack like this also, and have tried to stop. I end end clenching my teeth, and breaking dental crowns. I just had two crowns replaced, bottom and top molars on one side. (Does anyone else do this?)

    Because I seem unable to control this, I try to have peanuts, almonds, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds handy to snack on. These are at least healthy snacks. If I have to have chips, I have low sodium and low fat chips and Doritos. I know this is bad, but I have difficulty controlling myself.
     
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  6. Aspychata

    Aspychata Serenity waves, beachy vibes

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    Took two days off from work so this will help and l will be much calmer. So l have vegetables that give me a chewing motion and relieve that stim of moving my mouth. Just get agitated at the amount of men who are looking for free domestic help in my state and l can obsessively think about it. I deal a lot with l need a girlfriend- you will do. Just had a guy tell me at volunteer job that he sits outside when there is housecleaning chores going on. Of course he was looking for one. Where is that bag of chips, l need them, lol.
     
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    I am visiting my mother (which is stressful) and am eating all kinds of stuff I would no normally eat. My excuse is that I am in a different country and all the things I cant usually get and want to eat are sweet
     
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    If it's just the chewing - gum.
    When I'm driving and starting to get tired chewing helps me wake up.
     
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    You could try ry-krisp crackers (unleavened rye bread crackers) or matzo crackers. Both are very crunchy, low calorie and low carb. I like to make pico de gallo as a dip because it is healthy raw vegetables or cut some small cubes of a hard cheese like sharp cheddar or Swiss or Gouda to eat with the crackers. Or smear some cream cheese on the crackers and top with jalapeno or olive slices.

    When I quit smoking, I used barbecued potato chips to help break the mouth addiction - I'd put one spicy potato chip in my mouth, kind of suck on it to slowly absorb the salty spicy flavor, then chew/swallow the chip. Weird, but it worked for me.
     
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  11. Nervous Rex

    Nervous Rex High-functioning autistic V.I.P Member

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    If it works, it's not weird.
     
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    Nervous Rex High-functioning autistic V.I.P Member

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    That's my issue. I need the chewing/crunching activity without actually ingesting calories.

    My father-in-law crunches ice. I don't know how he still has teeth.

    I might have to try gum, again. What I really need is a gum that crunches.

    But not this:
    SimpsonsNutsAndGum.jpg
     
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    You could try something for oral stimming. I've seen chewable jewelry and similar products sold.
     
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    Crunching sounds from one of those sound apps?
     
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    I am getting addicted to fried bread in butter but it's utterly delicious so I'm pretty content with that.
     
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    Aspychata Serenity waves, beachy vibes

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    Chewable jewelry with really crunchy Sound bites, we should take this to Shark tank show, any angel investors reading this, lol.
     
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    Maybe replace it with something else, like a stress ball?

    If you just like the feeling of chewing, maybe get a "chew toy" or other toy you can chew on (of course not eating it but just chewing it)?
     
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  18. Nervous Rex

    Nervous Rex High-functioning autistic V.I.P Member

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    Okay - I've made preparations. Tomorrow it's carrot sticks and gum (but not at the same time).

    Also, I've prepped a slightly larger breakfast than usual, so I hope to not be very hungry before lunchtime.
     
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    I am the same as you. I don't know if there is an alternative.
     
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    Yeshuasdaughter Well-Known Member V.I.P Member It's My Birthday!

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    I like chunky, soft food. I take big bites and eat really fast. Not on purpose, but it's how it's always been.