Oh if I could only turn back the hands of time 10 years! I screwed up along the line - I can admit it. My kids eat crap,..the worst of the worst SAD. I need to fix it and I need to soon, but I'm afraid. Yes afraid of the fight that a 6 year old can put up,...how sad is that?
10 years ago I had son #1. At 12 months I started noticing things and at 15 months I told the Dr. that I thought he was autistic. I was right. He is extremely smart and high functioning, but very classical moderately autistic in a social and communication sense. At 18 months I read that I should try a gluten free/casein free diet. It wasn't as much for behavioral issues at that time as it was for bad bowel movements of a peanut butter consistency several times a day. I bought all the expensive products including potato milk and enzymes (which I never could get him to take) and being consistent in GF/CF for 9 months really gave us no change.(had we as a family switched to Paleo then,..oh my! things would have been so much better) Eventually he potty trained at 4 years and the bowel issues seemed to go away. BUT after the GF/CF diet my son was very limiting in what he would eat. Eventually ending up to be a rotation of 5-10 foods that he still sticks to today. Being pizza, mac and cheese, nuggets, fries, corn dogs, spaghetti, and hotdogs. Occasionally he'll eat a granny Smith apple or some baby carrots (with me harassing him to do so). Cleaned the basement the other day and found withered up baby carrots everywhere.
Son 2 comes along - diagnosed lightly borderline at 15 months. Didn't talk til 3.5 yrs and very food limiting from the start of solids. Of course he doesn't have a good role model in his brother. And me, one who made excuses,....I had a lot on my hands. The battle over food was not a priority.
One of my biggest parenting mistakes has been not eating in front of my children - true, my husband and I were also eating a bad SAD until this year. But kids ate at 5pm (husband worked late) and adults ate at 8pm after kids are in bed. A habit we got into and kept because I enjoyed being able to have a quiet peaceful dinner with my spouse after a crazy day. NOW, I see the errors of our ways. Our kids never saw us eating a variety of food thus increasing the problem.
SO as of today my husband and I are full steam paleo/primal. I have 2 kids that eat only about 5-10 SAD foods.
The 6 yr old is the head strong one with an iron will. His favorite 2 foods are strawberries and bacon,...so I do have that going for me, but not much else. He eats several fruits, but NO vegetables whatsoever,..no meat that's not in nugget form.
We have been paleo 3 months now. Our kids SEE us eating paleo now all the time. They see us refusing SAD foods and explaining to them why.
The plan is right now is to run out of our current SAD foods and go full transition at the start of summer when I have more time/control of their 3 meals. Of course they both have summer camps, etc.
The 6 yr old gave me a battle just on Sunday morning because I replaced his HFCS nasty kroger pancake syrup with real organic maple syrup. It was a small battle, but I did win. Of course next Sunday he'll probably tell me that he just wants the pancake without syrup and lots of country crock crap which is a battle I have not yet won.
Were YOU able to switch over older kids (i.e the ones with more fight)
What sources/foods/techniques/websites did you use?