Autism, Healthy Lifestyle, Motherhood

My Daily Dose of Autism

I’m thinking about trying the gluten/casein free diet for Carter again.  After researching and reading about food and nutrition, I just feel like I owe Carter another real attempt to make it work.  It’s extremely difficult, time-consuming, and expensive, but I think I can pull it off.  It’s worth a try.

I’m just not sure what to attempt because Carter is so picky. I’ve been reading about how to deal with picky eaters and I’ve gotten some advice but I’m not sure how it’s going to work.

Suggestion 1: Keep introducing the food.


Carter, meet the cucumber.
Carter looks at the cucumber and backs away from it. I show it to him again. I give him the cucumber as the only snack option. He’s not interested.

Suggestion 2: Show the child that you like the food.

Ok then.

I take a bite of the cucumber.
“Yummy,” I say with false enthusiasm. I mean, I love cucumbers, but Carter isn’t going to fall for this. “Now you try,” I say to him as I hand him a piece. He puts the cucumber by his mouth and gives it back. That’s how he tests new foods.

Suggestion 3: Make one meal for the family

I like the idea, but…..

We all eat different things. If I only served one meal then some of us wouldn’t eat at all. Carter wouldn’t understand and if he’s hungry he will throw a fit, forcing me to give in for my own sanity. Then I would end up making him a grilled cheese or chicken nuggets or grits and biscuits. The choices are limited.

Suggestion 4: Make food fun


Look Carter, mommy made the pineapple look like a star!

Now imagine Carter……**not interested** I don’t know if it’s because he just doesn’t understand or if he just really doesn’t care. If Carter doesn’t like the food, whether it be the texture, the color, or how it looks, then he’s not going to eat it.

So this was an epic fail. Carter wouldn’t eat the apple, banana, cucumber, or pineapple.

It’s time to get more creative and sneaky. Time to do some more research and figure this thing out.

I think the first gluten free food I’ll try will be pancakes. Carter loves pancakes. I just hope he loved the gluten free version. I’m also going to try to juice some fruits and veggies for him. I’ll have to hide it in a cup with a lid, otherwise he’d take one look at and hand it right back.

I have a lot of work ahead of me.

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