As a child, I was an extremely picky eater. I stared at combinations of food and could not eat them, let alone chew or swallow. Many years later, I developed sensitivity to dairy products, which is both genetic and a reaction to my medication (I have a co-occurring chronic medical condition–long story). As late, I no longer eat dairy, except in trace amounts and situations when I feel that having a few bites is easier than discussing these issues. I’m a very reserved person. That’s one reason it took me so long to do a blog.
Then I began my work search and realized how much ignorance there is about NLD and the spectrum. Since this must change, I must blog. My food issues obviously add anxiety to the social scene, as does the fact that I don’t drive. I’m a lax vegan (sometimes eat foods with trace amounts of animal products and can’t give up honey), so I’m learning how to love vegetables. Some observations follow:
-Bowls are easier to eat from than plates. Spoons are easier to eat with than forks.
-An NLD person may find it necessary to eat very slowly. I do, because I don’t want to drop my silverware or spill on myself or the table.
-One food is less overwhelming than several combined ones.
-Sometimes there are foods we just don’t like, and it probably won’t change. It won’t do any good to try and force a kid to eat; it will just lead to future anxiety, and worse, future eating issues (will be blogged on later).
-It may be that warm or room temperatures are more easily tolerated (obviously depends on food and season) than cold or chilled.
-Kids with NLD should be encouraged to learn cooking skills. Find pictures of recipes whenever possible.
-Use hidden food techniques if needed, but also have kids help with cooking.
More on this in the future.