Z’s back this weekend. Welcome to part 2 of Eating like a Normal Human!
Today for lunch she had a sandwich. I think her main sandwich familiarity comes from Subway where she gets a lettuce and black olive sandwich. We can recreate that at home. I had her make the sandwich. Disaster ensued when she put her toppings on one piece of bread and then tried to flip it over onto the empty bread. We reassembled and tried again with putting it together right. Then I had to explain lining up the bread so it was all going the same direction. After that she didn’t have the logistics of real sandwich eating down so she ate the lettuce and olives.
Dinner for us was stir fry with noodles. If you watch enough of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution eventually you just have to make the stir fry. I kept out some of the veggies from the stir fry for Z. I didn’t think the ginger-garlic sauce would increase her love of veggies. I gave her a sampler plate with carrots, grapes, and green beans (the hits of last week) and added some lettuce, snow peas, and pistachio nuts. The new stuff wasn’t as big of a hit as the old stuff. But, there was no screaming! She just sat down and started on the beans. She did ask why we continued to force her to eat vegetables like she suspected this was a dark plot against her. How right she is!
Later I’m making baked apples stuffed with raisins and a brown sugar – cinnamon sauce. She had asked for apples earlier. I was surprised since last week she declared she didn’t eat apples. She told me over dinner that she only eats apples if they are made at a store. She doesn’t eat homemade apple stuff. If we can just get her over the idea that homemade food is inferior to store bought we’ll be on a roll.
But so far so good. At least we didn’t have to look at the screaming mucus monster over dinner again!
I’m watching this show online and loving it. Jamie Oliver, who is a chef who has worked with improving school lunches in England, is working in Huntington WV to improve eating habits. He is working in schools to improve lunches (get rid of processed foods, etc.) and teaching people how to cook. He has to backtrack to teach kids to even be able to identify fresh vegetables. My favorite part is in episode two where he has to teach kids to use a knife and fork. The school doesn’t condone using anything other than fingers or spoons in elementary school! This is my personal pet peeve since I have to deal with this one. Z has been taught that she should not be exposed to knives. She is insistent that they not be on her side of the table at a restaurant. I working with her to use a fork to cut something fairly soft recently. She had no clue. All she could do was stab it over and over even though that was obviously not working. Unfortunately, I haven’t seen her to reinforce the lesson so she’s probably forgotten by now.
One thing that isn’t touched on is how to get difficult kids to eat food. They give them only healthy options and they sort of have to eat it or starve. Z won’t eat anything but processed crap. She would rather not eat for days than eat something other than french fries or occasionally pizza. We are going on a week’s vacation soon. My head will explode if she doesn’t eat anything else but I’m not sure what to do. We’ll be eating in restaurants so the kid’s meals tend to be only french fry based food and if we say no to a mentally ill child with food issues in a public place – it doesn’t end pretty.
Check out the show. The resistance of people to change is amazing. Alice the cook (don’t call her a lunch lady) reminds me so much of a former co-worker that I can’t help but laugh.