By Mollie Mansfield
A teenage boy who claims to be the UK’s fussiest eater has finally ditched his 15 year sausage roll habit.
From the age of two years old, Elliott Jones, could only stomach sausage rolls for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
For years, Elliott, now 17, was such a fussy eater that the sight of vegetables or fruit would make him feel sick.
But after eating over 6000 sausage rolls, Elliott’s mother, Joy Streatfield, 41, knew she needed to help her son lead a healthy and varied diet.
So after undergoing a two-hour hypnotherapy session, Elliott has now been able to enjoy his first summer ice-cream alongside a selection of other foods.
Elliott, a 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.”
Joy, from Louth, Lincolnshire, said: “Elliott was such a fussy eater that sausage rolls were one of the only things that he would eat, and it was either him eating those or not eating at all, so he ate them for years.
“It restricted his social life in many ways growing up because he couldn’t go out for meals as hardly anywhere sells plain sausage rolls.
“He also considered chips, plain sausages and salmon paste sandwiches as his safe foods – but that was it!
“But now he’s able to eat all sorts of food and, although he still eats sausage rolls, they are no longer his only favourite.
“And it’s great that he can enjoy the summer now too – as he loves BBQ food such as burgers and ice cream!”
Despite having tried to encourage Elliott to try new foods for years, Joy explains that he would always ‘seize up’ whenever a new food was placed in front of him.
She claims that it wasn’t until he was hypnotised by David Kilmurry, that he became open to even attempting new food.
She added: “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.
“I always felt guilty that, as a mother, it was the way I had brought him up – but even the doctor’s 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!”
David Kilmurry, a cognitive behavioural hypnotherapist, said: “Elliott travelled to the Food Dr Clinic, suffering with Neophobia which translates as ‘fear of the new’ and had stuck with a daily ‘safe diet’ of sausage rolls- and not a lot else.
“During the clinical hypnotism I help to relax the gag reflex, and post hypnotic suggestions to be inquisitive about new foods rather than scared of them.
“Straight after the hypnotism Elliott immediately tucked into loads of new fresh healthy foods.
“Within a fortnight of the sessions Elliott had been shopping on his own, eaten hot food, roast dinners and vegetables – he changed overnight and we are all really pleased with his development with just the one session.
“He really is a superstar and we wish him and his loving family all the very best in their new found freedom.”