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Special Needs and a Yellow Diet

Special Needs and a Yellow Diet. Our experience by Rambling's of an Autism Mum Yellow, yellow and more yellow!  How long can this go on?  We’re going to look like a piece of sweetcorn at this rate!  Our household consists of special needs and a yellow diet!

You’re probably wondering what on earth I’m going on about……

Well, let me explain.

Our son has special needs and our diet is suffering immeasurably.

Healthy eating kind of family…

We’ve always been a healthy eating kind of family with the occasional naughty treat.  The kids were weaned on homemade baby food.   No jars of artificial food in our house!  I steamed veggies, mashed or pureed them and froze them in ice cube trays like the perfect mother.  So much so that, I remember a wedding that we went to when the kids were little.  To try and make life easier for ourselves we took a couple of jars of a famous brand baby food.  Would they eat it?  Would they heck lol.

So, what I’m trying to say here is that both kids (yep they are twins) were raised the same way.  We were so proud of the fact that they’d rather have fruit than sweets.

Fast forward to today….

Gone are the days when we’d sit down as a family and eat a healthy, balanced and multicoloured dinner together!

Why oh why has this happened?

Let me tell you.

Special Needs and Sensory Processing Disorder!!!

Certain textures became less and less tolerable.  More and more tastes are becoming unacceptable.  Everything is becoming compromised.

It’s frustrating.  What makes it even more difficult is the fact that our son doesn’t actually understand why this is happening.  He can’t actually put into words why he won’t eat mashed potato (just using this as an example as there are so many things that he won’t eat).  He just knows that it’s wrong.

Meals for our son consist of:

  • sausages (always the same brand and flavour)
  • bacon
  • chicken nuggets (always the same brand)
  • burgers (always the same brand)
  • carrots
  • sweetcorn (always the same brand)
  • potato waffles (always the same brand)
  • potato croquettes (always the same brand)
  • white bread (always the same brand)
  •  ham
  • grapes
  • pasta without ANY sauce
  • NEW addition – brussel sprouts! yippee its GREEN! (doing a little happy dance – don’t judge me….)

Do you notice a pattern….?

We’re currently waiting for a referral to a nutritionist as we are concerned over how lacking his diet is.  I know what we should be doing but I’m finding it difficult to work within the constraints of the sensory issues.

Behaviour and diet….

Behaviour is directly linked to the diet.  If he’s hungry (low blood sugars) he finds it impossible to control his behaviour.  If artificial sweeteners creep in, especially aspartame, there is a very noticeable deterioration in behaviour.  Too much sugar and things quickly get out of hand.

Through much trial and error, research and talking to others, we’ve established that sensory issues mean that the slightest difference in a meal can be noticed.  The difference means that it’s wrong and will therefore not be eaten.  You’ll notice that the list above consists of things that don’t really have much room for variation.

We tend to cook by throwing things in a pan.  A little bit of this and a little bit of that.  This means that every meal, even though it’s still mince and pasta, will be slightly different.  To us, it’s not something that we notice but, to our son, it makes things “wrong”.   I use the word “wrong” because he can’t actually put into words what the problem is, he just describes things as “wrong”.

When things change, he finds it very difficult to cope and it will often result in a major meltdown and nothing being eaten.

Basic human need

Sometimes I just want to tear my hair out……..maybe that would be a good way of getting rid of the grey……only kidding as that’s what hair dye is for lol plus, I’d end up bald – not a good look for me.

All joking aside, it is a situation that is becoming extremely difficult to work with.  As mother’s we want to provide our kids with everything possible for a healthy and balanced life.  A healthy diet is crucial for a healthy life and, to be completely honest, I feel very much like I am failing.  My head tells me that I’m doing everything possible, within my means, to provide this basic human need but my heart is breaking as I fall short of the mark.

Lyn

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10 Comments

  1. 12th March 2019 / 10:53 am

    What a heartfelt post. It really put in to perspective how a Special Needs and Sensory Processing Disorder can really effect the family. Food can be tricky for any family at the best of time and texture plays a huge role in likes/dislikes.

    Keep up the good work, you are doing great as a parent……

    • Lyn Haslegrave
      Author
      12th March 2019 / 3:09 pm

      Thank you so much for your kind words. It really is an uphill battle but we will not give up. x #itsok

  2. 12th March 2019 / 1:06 pm

    Feeding picky eaters is hard at the best of times, but it sounds like you are doing a brilliant job, hang on in there!
    #ItsOK xxx

    • Lyn Haslegrave
      Author
      12th March 2019 / 3:08 pm

      We keep trudging on but I’m just a little concerned by the yellow tinge that is appearing……. lol #itsok

  3. 12th March 2019 / 7:53 pm

    Ah autism and food! I’m an expert on this too! Hahaha! My son is 6 and his diet is really really limited. His consists of weetabix, porridge, mash and beans, yoghurts, baby fruit pouches and maltesers. If he is ever brave enough to try something different he urges…and then spews! I’ve just had to stop worrying about it as there is nothing I can do. He loves helping me to cook but then has no intention of trying it. #ItsOK

    • Lyn Haslegrave
      Author
      5th April 2019 / 8:54 am

      I feel your pain! You are so right with having to stop worrying, they will adjust in their own time and no amount of worrying will change that! It’s great that he helps you to cook. x #itsok

  4. 13th March 2019 / 2:54 pm

    Oh dear, this must be so difficult to deal with! Kids and healthy eating is always a struggle, but if it is so limited it must be so much tougher. I guess you have to keep offering new things in different ways and see what works? Can imagine how frustrating it all must be though… you’re doing a great job! Hope it all gets easier soon. Thanks for linking up to #itsok

    • Lyn Haslegrave
      Author
      5th April 2019 / 8:42 am

      It’s amazing just how inventive you can become lol but it definitely goes hand in hand with frustration. Thank you for your kind words. x #itsok

  5. 13th March 2019 / 8:49 pm

    I will never again think my girls are picky eaters. Than you for setting me straight. You are a wonderful mum and you are helping me to be a better one too! #itsOK xoxo

    • Lyn Haslegrave
      Author
      5th April 2019 / 8:41 am

      I’m glad that the post has helped you. Being a mum is a challenge in itself and I truly believe that we are never given more than we can deal with. Just remember that no one can be a better mum to your kids than you! x #itsok

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