Do you REALLY know what your child is eating?
Are you worried about how much or what food your child eats? We know how important proper nutrition is for developing little brains and I have something that can help! A food diary. You might be asking how that is helpful? You know exactly what your child is eating!
The Little Bites food diary will help you to monitor your child’s food and drink intake over a week. Some parents can be surprised to find that their child is actually eating quite well when they look at the week as a whole – maybe your child grazes throughout the day rather than eating big meals, but is still eating a variety of foods. Other children might have days when they eat virtually nothing and and others when they don’t stop eating. Other parents might find that although their child is being offered a variety, there’s a lot being uneaten or that there are important food groups being missed. Are they getting enough protein, vitamins and minerals, carbohydrates and good fats?
Food diaries are fantastic at evaluating a child’s preferences, routines and nutritional intake in different situations. Some children eat well at home, others eat better at school or daycare, a food diary is so great at letting you see the textural, colour and taste patterns and is vital when I evaluate and set individual eating programmes. Another thing that is great with food diaries is that you can see their routine: maybe they’re hungry earlier than dinner is ready and filling up on snacks or toast. Maybe afternoon tea is too late or their whole routine is demolished the moment they sleep in.
Food diaries are also brilliant at tracking your child’s progress. It’s so easy to forget where they’ve come from and in children with severe anxiety around food it can be very small steps. A food diary every so often can help you see how far they’ve come and motivate you.
It’s also a good idea to look at how much your child is drinking. Are they filling up on juice or milk, leaving them too full for food. Although milk is good for them, don’t let your child have it just before meal time, and the average child only need about 500 – 600 mls a day after age 1.
If you want to help your challenging eater enjoy food and make meal times stress-free and fun, please do book a free telephone consultation here.
I get very emotional when I hear how well my
challenging awesome eaters are doing so it was amazing to hear from this busy mum of 4 about how well her son has been doing when I caught up with her recently. I received this testimonial from her this morning which is so great! She has done a fantastic job working hard to indroduce different food to her son.
” Our son has a diagnosis of ASD and from an early age it has been difficult to feed him. His diet mostly consisted of white bread, rice and hot chips – no colour or meat. He would refuse to eat if he didn’t like what was tabled to eat. Very strong willed in that department and a number of meltdowns ensured that his dietary wants over ruled the needs.
Our son is now 11 years old and we are seeing changes in a number of areas.
Last year Rose Anne was able to introduce different food types to our son. At first he was hesitant, however through consistency he warmed up to what the menu was for that day. He has tasted a lot more food last year than he has in his whole lifetime.
We have seen a shift in our son across a number of areas at home. As a family we are really blessed in having Rose Anne work with Senele. The growth in confidence to eat foods he usually will not touch – has had an increase in asking questions around “what’s for dinner, why can we have some…” It’s been funny having these conversions with him (though small and brief). As a family we are proud he is being more assertive in our interaction, especially now as we are able to increase our engagement in social gatherings. Watching him walk with his older siblings to get food and engaging in trying foods out. We watch his facials and he places his hand out to be very clear he will not have something on his plate… but places it on another plate… lol. It just means carrying more plates but at least he’ll consider eating it.
A while back he would not even consider eating eggs but at a recent family gathering he has a load of potato salad that was made with egg. You could clearly see the egg and he had several bowls. It’s funny to see him engaging with food, explaining why he doesn’t want to eat something. In saying that, the change we see in Senele is amazing. A real food critic in the making”
I love seeing the difference Little Bites makes to parents’ lives so it’s brilliant to hear from the mother of one of the boys I trialled my strategies on for 3 years!
” RoseAnne taught my son with Autism for three years and did a fantastic job in getting Matt to experience a huge variety of new foods.
At home Matt eats the same food everyday with no variety.
RoseAnne managed to get my son eating a whole range of new foods, carrot, cucumber, sausages, potatoes, tomato, spaghetti, baked beans to name a few. Often he would be asking for more and became very interested in helping in the preparation of the food before tasting and eating it.
RoseAnne was patient and never pushed Matt if he didn’t want to taste a certain food.
RoseAnne made a significant difference in enabling us to get Matt eating a wide variety of food at home which has enhanced his life and made meals times more pleasurable.”
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