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Fear of Eating and Drinking around Strangers
« on: February 22, 2014, 07:25:31 PM »
Does anyone else have a fear of eating and drinking around strangers or people that might judge you, like a date, or a boss, or....
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Re: Fear of Eating and Drinking around Strangers
« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2014, 05:58:40 AM »
I eat by myself. Simple fact. I wouldn't eat around anybody else. Not even my own mother. Just feel more relaxed when alone and eating. I would rather starve than eat with a group of people. Last time I had to eat with others I was in hospital. Took a lot of getting used to. Because I was so used to my own ways. Trust me there are a lot of other people out there the exact same way.
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Re: Fear of Eating and Drinking around Strangers
« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2014, 04:19:34 PM »
Me too. I'm self-aware in public, so the thought of eating with a group of people is unsettling to me. Just a few weeks ago I ate out with family though. It was my birthday and my more outgoing sister insisted I celebrate it. We ended up eating at a very popular, crowded restaurant. My hand would shake a little every time I picked up a forkful of food. I felt like everyone was staring at me; I was stiff and uncomfortable, with robotic movements, very unnatural, couldn't relax. When a waiter would walk by (this happened every few mins), I'd get extra nervous. Sometimes I'd try to feign nonchalance, but really I was a nervous wreck. I just don't like social situations. The worst part was when my brother surprised me with servers clapping and singing happy birthday to me as I had to blow out the candle. I was mortified because I specifically told him I would only go out to eat if there was no surprise celebration. I still appreciate it, but at the time I did NOT enjoy it. 
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