A Kid Who Only Ate Sausage Rolls For 15 Years Is Cured
We all like a Greggs, right? There's just something, well, right about shoving a delicious pasty, pie or sausage roll into your face like no-one is watching.
We might be into it, but we certainly aren't as into it as Elliott Jones. In fact, until very recently, sausage rolls (not necessarily from Greggs) were all that he would eat.
That definitely puts him into the conversation when it comes to Britain's fussiest eaters.
Elliott is only 17 years old, but he has been eating pretty much exclusively sausage rolls since he was just 2. It's been tough going for him - apparently, he used to simply vomit at the sight of fruit and vegetables.
However, after 15 years of solid sausage scoffing, his mum decided enough was enough and decided to intervene. After all, they're nice and all, but there ain't a lot of nutritional value in them.
Elliot's mum Joy Streatfield took some pretty drastic and unusual steps to try to cure her son's aversion to non-sausage roll foods. She hired a hypnotherapist.
After sitting in with private practitioner David Kilmurry for just two hours, Elliott is now broadening his horizons and getting stuck into some more adventurous stuff. Admittedly, at the start it's just ice cream and burgers, but you've got to begin somewhere.
Elliott, who is a college student, said: "I was only eating foods I'd had as a child, but I didn't feel bored of them because they were all I knew.
"I still enjoyed sausage rolls, despite having them for over 15 years, but sometimes I would see things that I wish I could try but I'd always feel sick before I could.
"The feeling of being hypnotised just felt like a very relaxing, light sleep and it's made trying new foods completely natural to me.
"It feels great to be able to see something that looks good and try it instead of wishing I could."
It turned out that - according to Kilmurry, who is a cognitive behavioural hypnotherapist - he was suffering with neophobia, which is a fear of new things.
His mum said: "He used to eat brilliantly as a baby, but as soon as he reached two years old he started to gag every time I gave him food.
"Meal time just became an anxiety all round, and our food shop would just constantly be filled with sausage rolls, and it just got worse over the years."
She continued: "I always felt guilty that, as a mother, it was the way I had brought him up - but even the doctors couldn't help him so I knew it was serious.
"So, after looking up alternative methods I made the decision that we would try and visit David, and within two hours his phobia was gone.
"He immediately started to eat good, nutritional foods, and slowly the sausage rolls became less frequent - even though he does still love them!"
That's fine, too - a balanced diet can definitely include the occasional sausage roll. You've just got to make sure you're eating some other stuff too.
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