Thursday, August 19, 2010

Why Autistic kids eat strangely. (Because they are not from this planet?)

I am a mother of an Autistic child. He is one of the most interesting people I have ever known. In fact, we get along great, mostly, with one exception.  I love food in all variations, cuisines, etc...and he would eat nothing but frozen waffles, french fries, and milk if he could.  In fact, for the first four years of his life, that is essentially all I could ever get him to eat, with the exception of a starburst here and there.  So, I worried and fretted about his dietary choices and started to take him to specialists.  I found an amazing group that tested him for not just allergies, but also food intolerances, deficiencies, etc.  (Not a big surprise that he had some!) After many tests and endoscopies, etc, a list emmerged of foods he should avoid for the sake of his health. The top offenders were milk, casein, gluten, wheat, peanuts, soy, and pineapple.  The total final list included 138 different food items. Needless to say, I had to act, react, and redact basically everything in my house. Sounds daunting, right? Well, I am not going to lie, it was. In fact, I still have nightmares that I am going to have to do that, again. However, we have since learned how to eat on his modified diet. Because he can't eat most foods that the average child would, I call his alternative diet the Martian Meal Dietary plan.  Because, honestly, it is out of this world what he eats. Now, being that it has taken me several years to perfect this diet, you would think I would selfishly hold onto it and not share. Well, you are wrong! I am going to share my recipes with other parents and/or other folks that have severe dietary restrictions. Many of these recipes do contain eggs, because oddly enough, this is not an item that my son has issues with. However, there are egg replacers on the market and a friend of mine actually said that duck eggs are a good replacement and less allergen-inducing than chicken eggs. So there you have it. I am going to post at least a Martian Meal and a Martian Dessert every week. I hope this helps all of you. Also, I will post all those lovely stories that may embarrass me, but perhaps you will enjoy. There you have it!

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