The effort to feed a resistant eater a more nutritious and varied diet. What works, what doesn't.
I am a mother of two daughters, one (called H) who is an adventurous eater like her mom, and one (called E) who has autism, sensory processing disorder and is a "resistant eater". There is not a lot of information that I could find for resistant eating, so I decided to blog my culinary efforts with E.
I have considered for a long time now whether to continue this blog or not. When I started, I needed an outlet for my frustrations with my beautiful yet terribly resistant eater. Over time, I think I've become more patient and take any rejection of food less personally. I also believe that my daughter, E, has developed some small sense of adventure towards food - at least she will try a small bite of new foods some of the time, as opposed to outright refusal. Consequently, I have less to write about - at least in terms of her eating habits - and I have been thinking on and off that this blog has served its purpose for the time being.
My decision was made when she tried a piece of this:
Mushroom, Leek, and gorgonzola cheese galette
She didn't like it, but she tried it with a very enthusiastic "can I have that?"
And that was so very good to hear and feel. So it is on that note, that I will say this is possibly my last post here.
I am in awe of those who make blogging their life/work. I am not one of those people. I prefer to do other things with my time. I know I posted 2 months ago about blogging for mental health, and I have not written one single post since!
Here's the thing: being online and surfing the web and writing my blog don't do much for my mental health. Sure, I get some stuff off my chest and get mostly good comments back (once I delete the spammers).
Things that do make me feel sane again are cooking (with no special diet needs in mind), reading a good book, sleeping a full 8 hours, and dedicating at least 30 minutes a day to exercise.
The last one gives me an incredible boost in energy and in attitude, and sadly, it's the thing that often gets pushed aside. I'm getting better at not letting that happen and I've found that waking up before the crack of dawn and doing an exercise video (although boring!) is the easiest way to accomplish it. There are no kids needing this or that, and I can't do errands because then I'll wake everyone up. And then it is DONE.
The other thing I LOVE to do is to sit in my house alone and silent. There is usually so much noise around me when I am home from the family. The three other members of my lovely family are definitely noisier than me. And at times, I get irritated beyond reason by all of it. So about every 3 or 4 months, I take a day off work like today, and I sit in my recliner and read a magazine or I take a nap. I ignore all chores and I absorb and relish the quiet. My brain thanks me for it!!