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This example follows on from the 3Z (Zoom In Zip Up Zoom Out) previous section, which explains the approach in detail.

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What's for dinner? Really, what is for dinner?

With reduced visual attention it is quite possible that you have started eating something not really knowing what you are eating, and had some unpleasant surprises. This may make the person appear to be a very picky or fussy eater, when really they just don't always know what they are about to eat.

... so they stick to something familiar, something known.

The more often we accidentally eat something we don't like, the more we may resist something new and only eat the safe known.

One mother described how she gives her daughter only one food at a time, like multiple single courses.

Lucy, who has simultanagnostic vision, likes her food to be given to her a single food group at a time, this way she knows what she is eating and there are no nasty surprises.Lucy, who has simultanagnostic vision, likes her food to be given to her a single food group at a time, this way she knows what she is eating and there are no nasty surprises.

Some people have said they like to eat their meals on a tray which separates everything.

Zoom in to explore a single food

  • What does it look like?
  • What does it feel like?
  • What does it taste like?

Note: Much has been written about how many times a new food has to be tasted to be liked, from five to many dozens. Key is control, the person tasting the food must be in control, particularly if an aversion is due to previous experiences of eating foods that are unpleasant to them. Baby steps.

Learn about other different foods, and slowly, and in a controlled manner, experience and learn what they are like when you bring them together.

Slowly zip together and zoom out.

But the person may still like everything clearly separated, like Lucy eating one thing at a time, or on a tray with sections, or clearly separated on a place. Some have mentioned a dislike of gravy and sauces, because they hide what is on the plate, and mix things up.

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