Not sure if this is the right forum, but I'll put it here for now.
Ever since I was little, I've often associated food with objects or even animals that won't necessarily put me off eating the food (It's only when I'm eating the food in question does this particular association occur and even then, not all of the time), but will make me feel a bit sick or not hungry.
Take for example mashed potatoes. I needed a lot of operations as a kid due to being partly deaf (To insert grommets/t-tubes, which are like hearing aids implanted inside the ear) and as a child, you get that horrible emla cream on the back of your hand (I would always never dare move the hand with it on, and could barely look at it). Since I was a kid, I've never liked the sight of mashed potato and prefer potatoes to be solid (although I have had mashed potato a few times).
Other occurances of this are thinking of noodles/other stringy foods as worms or tapeworms (another thing I hate is stringy food when it doesn't have to be, like stringy cheese on a pizza or stringy bits of sinew in meat), rice as maggots and even white bread/buns as bandages.
I don't see the food literally as tapeworms or maggots, and I know that the food is just food.
Anyone else have these associations?