Food

I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone with an autistic child whose child wasn’t picky when it comes to food. In that sense, we’re somewhat lucky in that Daniel isn’t all that picky. In fact, our 11 -year-old daughter is the pickiest one. It’s for her that we have to often make “other meals” than the main one.

That being said, there are two people in this household who are gluten-free, and it’s the two who have been diagnosed ASD–Daniel and me. We are gluten-free because anything with wheat in it causes us to get severe stomach aches, and has more than once caused Daniel to throw up (usually, it’s a combination of birthday cake and driving home from the birthday party). Daniel won’t even ask for cake anyplace else any more.

There’s also some Type-2 diabetes in the house, so there’s an increasing avoidance of anything with carbs.

But we can’t just get rid of carbs, because our daughter won’t eat anything except bread, tortillas, spaghetti, butter, cheese, milk, cereal, bacon, fried eggs, or pepperoni pizza (how is the taste of everything else too strong, but not pepperonis, which she’ll eat plain?). If we got rid of carbs, she’d starve.

To round things out, Dylan will at least eat almost anything.

Most of my pickiness comes out of certain textures being “wrong.” And Daniel seems to go back and forth on some things, like fried eggs. I made him over-easy eggs, but he wouldn’t eat the yolks. So I started making him fried egg whites. Then he said he didn’t want, “baby eggs,” meaning he wanted yolks. He ate over-easy eggs with yolks for a few weeks, but this past weekend he ate only the whites again. My guess is he’s torn between the slimy yolk texture and the desire to not be eating “baby eggs.”

I also have to make two batches of chili, one with all the vegetables, one with just meat and beans. Melina won’t eat any chili, of course, but the boys will. And the boys will eat things that are hot and spicy, but complain if there are too many things like onions, chunks of peppers, or spinach/chard. Of course, part of this is simply that children simply refuse to eat their vegetables.

Our pickiest eater, though, is one who hasn’t been diagnosed with autism. She does have the pickiness and the clothes sensitivities (and fashion sense) that typically comes with autism, though. At least she doesn’t have the wheat allergy, though, or I don’t know what that girl would eat. As it is, with pickiness, gluten-free, and diabetes (and I have slightly low blood sugar, so I have to have carbs), I’m practically a short order cook when it comes to dinner. Doesn’t everyone make 3-4 different meals at dinner time?

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7 thoughts on “Food

  1. We make two or almost two.

    As soon as my daughter was diagnosed with ASD, I started the GFSFDF diet with her. I did for two reasons: 1) I had heard about the benefits of removing gluten, soy, and diary products from an Autistic person’s diet; 2) I was tired of the bouts of diarrhea my daughter was getting. Her father and I were still together at the time. But since we have separated, my daughter comes back from his place with diarrhea because he never believed in the diet and now I am not there to keep an eye on it.

    Going back, I first weaned and then removed all diaries. Gluten was next. Last one soy. At the end of the first week without milk or diaries, my daughter made major improvements. She started to make sounds and tried talking again. The bouts if diarrhea diminished. By the time I removed gluten, her #2s were a lot more normal.

    There meals that I prepared completely GFCFSF for all of us because it’s simpler that way. There are other ones that I only use GFCFSF for my daughter, but I don’t mind using regular ingredients for myself, simply because GFCFSF products can be very expensive. Dir instance, I prepare chicken nuggets from scratch for her. However, I use regular breadcrumbs for mine, but GFCFSF for hers. I then bake them or fry them separately so her stuff does not get “contaminated” by accident.

    She is a picky eater, but with certain textures. She loves vegetables and fruits. But the only way she will eat them is mashed and pureed. The only ones she eats in regular form are lettuce and the occasional piece of carrot, tomato, or banana (as long as she can grab it with the peel; otherwise, she won’t touch it or eat it.)

    She’s addicted to cheese, any kind. I had to replace it with the GFCFSF style and I have to hide any regular,actual cheese at home or she’ll find it and eat it.

    She doesn’t like anything that children usually like. She is uninterested in cakes, sweets, cookies, popsicles, ice cream, or chocolate. Her pediatrician says she’s a doctor’s dream in that sense, even if she’d rather have them mashed o pureed since she eats very healthy.

    There’s always a concern for allergies (I have a lot of them.) So far, she has rejected many if the things I am allergic to. I’m wondering if she may have an instinct in that sense because she used to fight a lot certain meals that now I know had gluten / soy in them.

    I could go on. Either way, I am pro diet for autistic people now that I have seen the improvements in my daughter.

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      1. Me, too. Thanks.

        My daughter was addicted to milk. She drank enormous amounts, which would make her reject eating because she would be satisfied enough with so much milk. So the first change was to put her on almond milk . Worked wonders.

        I am thinking about going gluten and completely soy free myself. (I was never too crazy about soy anyway, but never made a point to go completely soy-free.) I have been struggling with food over the last months and not feeling well. I started to bake my own breads, because I needed for my daughter first and then I decided to do the same for me. I notice a difference in flavour and how my stomach responds when food is more natural.

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      2. Avoiding preservatives and such is almost certainly better — if one can afford it. We’re trying to go more natural ourselves. Daniel is such a fruit-lover that one of our friends joked that he was going on the Daniel Diet. He eats the healthiest of us all (if you can keep him away from chocolate, that is).

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