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Subject: Re: Ellyn Satter and food limits Date: 3/29/2014 3:48 PM
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My grandson is autistic. If you demand he taste something he doesn't want, or even encourage too much, you're asking for a meltdown.

He used to eat a wide variety of everything in his ones when he was being fed...tofu & napa soup with soba noodles and lots of garlic, and whatever his parents were eating, he wanted some off the plate. But it devolved in his 3rd year.

Now at 3, he eats mainly carbs (but no pasta) and dairy. He might taste a little broth, but not if he can see bits of anything in it. Not as fond of sweets as most kids--never asks for them. DD rarely gives juice, and when she does, it's watered down like 2:1 in favor of water, so he seems not to have developed a sweet tooth. He loves breads, cheese, oatmeal, bananas, and plain Greek yogurt, and will eat cheerios, milk, peanut butter, cream cheese, crackers, grapes, veggie burgers and fish sticks, and diluted juice. That's about it these days. (I guess it could be worse--I know a kid who only eats spaghettios-)

This is so different from my kids, who ate virtually everything, except DD's meat antagonism when she was young (I think it was mainly a texture issue). But my SIL was apparently a picky eater. Even when DD met him, he would eat few vegetables and salads, and only if covered with cheese. Maybe it's genetic.
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