AskingAutistics – David & Lyric Rivera – Autistic Differences – Food Sensitivities and Friendships

David & Lyric Rivera talk about Autistic Differences – Food Sensitivities and Friendships

This is Pt 8 (the final part) of the interview with David. Stay tuned for a NEW interview next week!!!!

Patreon members and other monetary subscribers had access to this video on January 12, 2023. The video’s public release will be February 22, 2023.

ID: David, a medium brown skinned human, with long, curly, salt and pepper hair, and Lyric, a pale skinned nonbinary person with short green, teal, and purple hair with shaved sides and jet black roots are sitting on a sofa next to one another in an RV. There is an open window behind them. The words “Food Sensitivities and Friendships” floats in front of them in pale teal and green letters.


David: Action.

Lyric: I know I’m looking for the next question right now.

David: Okay, cool.

Lyric: Uh oh. We’re getting to the bottom now.

David: All right, we’re done.

Lyric: No, I’ve got a few more.

Oh, here’s a number here. Kaden has two questions.

David: Only one, Kaden.

Lyric: Okay. Are there any –

David: No, I’m joking.

Lyric: Good. Well, I’ll go, I’ll go with the the second one first. Are there any foods you just cannot eat.

David: I can eat anything. Doesn’t mean I will.

Lyric: That’s not true.

David: Yeah. I can eat anything I want.

Lyric: Uhhuh..

David: But I’m not gonna eat a hot Cheeto, or hot fry, or that pepper thing.

Lyric: Yeah.

David: I can eat it. I won’t. So what are they asking?

Lyric: I think they’re asking about your food sensory issues.

David: What can I not eat?

Lyric: Yeah. Like what?

David: I don’t know. I can eat anything. What can I not eat… sensory wise?

Lyric: I think you eat very specific things, only.

David: Well, it doesn’t mean I-

Lyric: You eat very limited things.

David: No, no, very true.

Lyric: Okay. You can force yourself to eat anything.

David: Yeah, I can eat anything!

Lyric: So I think you won’t be able to get it down. I think you’ll throw up.

David: I mean there’s things I haven’t tried.

Lyric: Like coconut???!

David: I won’t do that.

Lyric: Can eat anything, wait! A coconut, how a strawberry with the seeds all over the outside.

David: Yes, maybe sometimes. But I- I don’t know about that one.

Lyric: You can eat anything???

David: Coconut? Definitely NAHHH!!!

Lyric: What about spinach?

David: I can eat- I don’t like the taste.

Lyric: Uhhuh.

David: I don’t know. I’m just saying, I can eat it. If I was forced to eat spinach, I can do it, if I was forced.

Lyric: Mm-hmm.

David: Same thing with coconut, I think. I mean, it’s not gonna ruin me or you know.

Lyric: how hard would it be for you to eat that coconut?

David: If it meant saving your life, I’d do it easily.

Lyric: Awwww….

I don’t know that I could force something in my mouth, like once I bought a salad.

David: I don’t know about that.

Lyric: No. And it was like, it was my favorite salad, for like all these weeks, and I had been eating it forever, at lunch. It was the same salad, but like one day, it was just like the last day. I couldn’t eat anymore of that salad, but I had bought it, so I was like, I’m gonna eat it, and I kept putting it in my mouth. And every time I ate it, like it was like, “I’m gonna throw up”. The more I ate, the more I was like, “I’m gonna throw up”.

I gotta, the point was like, I would put it in, and the salad won’t go down anymore, or I couldn’t eat anymore of it, and then I couldn’t eat that salad for like months.

And I was like, I couldn’t, it was no longer an okay salad.

I couldn’t do it.

David: There’s things I don’t like, but I think I can.

Lyric: Mm-hmm.

David: You know, I don’t like the taste of coconut, or the smell or whatever, but if I had to, that was the only thing I- I think I would.

Lyric: We’re gonna have a fear factor challenge and we’re gonna eat our unsafe foods…

David: No, see, I don’t want to… That’s what I saying. Doesn’t mean I can’t-

Lyric: Spicy coconut chips?

David: But see, I won’t eat spicy.

Lyric: Spicy coconut for you.

David: Right? But-

Lyric: And then I have to eat something that’s like a bad sensory thing for me. It has to be something bland and gross. What am I going eat, that I don’t like???

David: I don’t know.

Lyric: Olives!!!! Oh, nope, nope, nope, nope.

David: See, I don’t have that. I don’t-

Lyric: They smell! I can think about it- or tomatoes.

David: I don’t. I can eat anything.

Lyric: Tomatos are disgusting…

David: you know, I just –

Lyric: The devils testicles.

David: There’s some things I don’t want to.

Lyric: Oh, no. Yeah. I can’t do it.

The tomato is not okay. You eat tomatoes, I can’t Uhuh.

David, are you making coconut for breakfast? Turn around.


David: No.

Lyric: You talked a big game in this video, but what are you saying now?

David: Nothing.

Lyric: Do you think you’d be able to swallow, those foods that you.

David: That’s, yeah, I know. I just realized, I mean, like I was talking about, I can chew it, chew it, chew it, right… but not really for long. I’d probably like two chews, or whatever, but I wouldn’t swallow it. I have to spit it out. I couldn’t do it.

Lyric: So, uh, what did you say “Oh yeah. Swallowing is part of eating.”

David: Part of eating, I guess, and I couldn’t do it.

Lyric: Yeah.

David: I had to think about it.

Lyric: Okay. I gotta, see if I can stitch this in there somehow.

Mm-hmm. . Mm-hmm. Um, this one says, Patrick says, “did you watch lots of sitcoms or standups growing up in order to assimilate into socially awkward situations?”

David: No.

Lyric: Yeah, I was like, I did more like learning how to act from tv.

David: But that’s just it though, we learn how to act by, what we surround ourselves with.

Lyric: I don’t think I had, necessarily, the best examples, at certain points in my life, and so I used TV as my examples. Cause I spent a lot of time alone, cuz my guardians were working, or you know, I had to entertain myself, so.

David: Right.

Lyric: I was-

David: I wasn’t in that situation. I had family, and friends, I grew up with.

Lyric: Oh yeah. No, I didn’t really have very many friends.

David: Mm-hmm.

Lyric: I struggled with making friends, so… yeah. You had friends?

David: Mm-hmm.

Lyric: That could be a whole episode.

David: Can it?

Lyric: I don’t know. You had friends by having friends. That’s pretty cool.

David: Is it?

Lyric: I don’t know. Maybe.

David: Yeah, I wasn’t picked on- like you.

Lyric: Yeah, I got picked on a lot. I got picked on. But you had a big brother, that nobody was gonna pick on you, because you had a big brother, that was like… scary.

David: Are we done then?

Lyric: Yeah, we can be done.

David: Good.

Lyric: You can just stop it.

I don’t think we told them.

David: You don’t have to.

Lyric: It’s a secret. Now I have to kill you.

It happens. Shit happens.


Emily says, “I’d ask if you have half an hour to tell us about your hyper-focused or special interest.

David: We already did that, didn’t we?

Lyric: I know. They wanna hear you talk about it for half an hour.

David: No. Nah.

Lyric: You wanna talk about cops for 30 minutes? You could. You could totally rant about that for 30 minutes.

David: Nope.

Lyric: You could.

David: Nope.

Lyric: You’re not gonna, but you could.


David: I got a question!

Lyric: Yeah.

David: Are we almost done?

Lyric: Do you need to be done?

David: No, we can keep going.

Lyric: Okay. Do you need to be done?


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– Lyric

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