Healthy and money saving ideas/tips for the Autism and Special Needs Communities. From resources and support to how to grow your own food or medicines, we are an all-inclusive community dedicated to healthy living, organic gardening and feeding a family on a budget. Autism Family Savers will help to empower you to grow your own food, encourage you to explore different foods, and support you in your choices of how you make healthy decisions for your family. There is no right or wrong way. Inspiring you with new ideas, lifestyle choices and different dietary issues and plans, we hope to build a community of collaboration, networking and socializing.
You never know unless you try....it is a fact of life, not just an old 'saying'.
Some children experience food sensitivity, sensory issue, food phobia, etc. Nobody knows the really reason why some may have an aversions, but as I proved with our own son, those things can be lessened or even changed.
My grandson has issues with food, but my daughter has started my age-old practice of deceptive plating. He doesn't know that she slips things in his food that she knows he does not like. I had done if many times to her and her sister, too, so they know the art of subtlety and having a poker face. Granted, my grandson is too little to really know what is going on, but the more he 'likes' something, the more he will eat it in the future.
Our son, was a much bigger and more grand scheme. His food issues predated my knowing him or his father. He was set in his ways, I guess you could say. My ignorance of food issues with children on the spectrum played to my advantage. I knew I would get him to eat things he would normally have a meltdown over...it was a challenge and like Barney Stinson, I chimed "Challenge Accepted"!
Hand fire roasted Hatch & Serrano chilis, tomatillo and tomatoes.....see, 5 years ago, that would have been met with rocking back and forth, stimming with hands to the face, tears streaming down his face and screaming. Now, it is a cherished dish that is looked forward to. I add pork shoulder or carnitas and game on. This took time, hiding in plain sight, experimentation, etc., but we are there. 5 years ago there would have been loud protests of 'too hot'. Now he adds Tapatio to many foods.
We started slowly, getting him away from the constant carbs. More meat was introduced, various vegetables, and the policy that he could not ask what was in the food and must take 2 bites or loose a privilege. We know associating food with discipline is not the best way to go, but we were short on motivational ideas and his willingness to go without things he loved to avoid something he hated - be creative - I cannot say it enough.
We watched the TV show Bizarre Foods and that helped a lot. Our son is very interested in the big world and what is out there....which is why we now have over 15 varieties of Dragon Fruit, but that is another story. To date, we have tried and liked cow tongue, tripas, chicken feet....OK, extreme, I grant you that, but from ONLY eating mac & cheese, oatmeal and chesses burgers with JUST a bun, I think we have gone so far down the road we can’t see the starting line.
Encourage your child or children to explore new foods. You will be surprised what they decide they now like. I know I was....and now I have to get over my food phobias, too. After all it is lead by example, not do as I say, not as I do.