Woman who only ate eggs and chips for 30 years is finally cured – after being hypnotised into eating normal foods
A mum who lived on a diet of egg and chips for 30 years has finally been able to eat a balanced meal – after being HYPNOTISED into eating ‘normal’ food.
Katey Loughran, 37, has lived off a child’s diet since she was six years old.
The mum-of-two, from Coventry, West Mids, even ate egg and chips on her wedding day while her guests tucked into a gourmet dinner.
But after three decades of the same meal she is finally able to eat a balanced diet thanks to the help of a hypnotherapist.
Katey battled for years with Selective Eating Disorder (SED), and since she refused to try different or new food at just six years old she has struggled to stomach even the most basic food.
As she grew up, she tried to make a joke out of her unusual eating habits – but she suffered constant embarrassment whenever she tried to go out for dinner.
Katey said: “People find it quite funny – I’ve always just made a joke of it, it’s the easiest way.
“It’s always been embarrassing, and it’s so hard going out for meals.
“I have to phone ahead to make sure egg and chips will be available – quite often it’s not.
“When they bring out the food they normally think the plate of egg and chips is for one of the kids – but it’s for me.
“Going on holiday can also be a nightmare – we went to Mexico in June, but luckily I know how to say egg and chips in Spanish!”
Katey married her husband John, 40, in a lavish ceremony in 2013 – but while her guests enjoyed the slap-up meal carefully chosen by the couple for their special day, all Katey could stomach was her egg and chips.
She said: “When it came to choosing the menu for the wedding I started to panic.
“We had to go for tastings which was pretty stressful – John was trying all the nice, posh foods, and I was there with egg and chips.
“On the day everyone thought it was hysterical – it was the highlight of the wedding.
“The only way to cover up my embarrassment was to laugh about it, but I was upset.
“It would have been nice to join in with everyone else having the posh meal.
“I was disappointed in myself – but I knew I would never have been able to do it.”
Katey thinks her problems stemmed from childhood, when she would mimic her sister’s eating habits.
She said: “I went through a fussy stage when I was young, as most children do.
“I copied my sister, who was older than me – but while she grew out of it, I just didn’t.
“If someone tried to make me eat something different it felt like I was having a panic attack.
“As soon as I go to put something new near my mouth it would make me gag.
“My parents constantly took me to doctors and dieticians, and I was referred to an eating disorder clinic, but nothing worked.
“So it just ended up being something I lived with.”
Katey’s fear of different foods only got worse as she got older, and she became more and more embarrassed by her eating habits.
It affected her whole life – she couldn’t go to a friend’s house for dinner or out for meals with her family, because she was constantly worrying about what would be on her plate.
Katey, who is a full-time mum to Cameron, 16, and Charlie, 11, said: “When my kids were younger I would eat separately from them, so they wouldn’t pick up any bad habits.
“My son went through a stage of only eating egg sandwiches and that’s when I realised how hard it must have been on my parents.
“My husband’s been desperate for me to try different foods.
“He does like his food and he likes going out for meals – it’s been quite hard for both of us.”
Hypnotherapist David Kilmurry, who has clinics in Coventry and Harley Street, worked with Katey to introduce basic foods like fruit and vegetables into her diet.
Katey said: “It feels out of this world to finally but something different in my mouth – it’s so strange.
“Now, I’ve tried baked beans, broccoli, green beans – things I never would have put near my mouth before.
“My plate is growing every day!
“It’s massively changed my life for the better.”
David said: “I was horrified that on her wedding day poor Katey had egg and chips as all her guests had lavish three-course meals.
“The thought of eating something new was enough to make Katey wretch.
“Straight after the hypnosis she took a bite of pear, spinach, seed and nuts, yoghurt, cucumber, bananas, beans and apples – now has a fresh, vibrant, healthy balanced diet.
“I’m looking forward to seeing a family photo with all of them around a table at a nice restaurant – with no egg and chips!”