How to Transition Your Child on the Autism Spectrum to a Healthy Diet: Healthy Eating for Autism

Posted on May 23, 2019May 23, 2019Categories Healthy Eating for KidsTags

Do you have a child on the autism spectrum who seems to only want to eat junk food? This is a common problem and one that does not have an easy solution. However, it is possible to transition your child on the autism spectrum to a healthy diet. Keep reading and let me share with you how you can make healthy eating for autism a reality.

  1. Have a clear reason why. Why do you want to have a child on the autism spectrum who eats healthy?
  2. Involve the entire family. While it is possible to put your spectrum child on a different diet from everyone else, it is a lot more difficult than just having everyone else eat the same way. That said, this will usually cause some resistance and challenges from your other children if you have any and from your spouse if you are married, so expect this to happen.
  3. Get support. Either hire a health coach like me, I’d be happy to help you, or find someone else who can serve as an accountability partner or be there to help you go through the process step by step.
  4. Start slowly. I can’t emphasis this enough. Healthy eating for autism is hard enough, don’t make it even harder by trying to take a chld who only eats pizza and chicken nuggets and making him or her only eat vegetables and rice for example.
  5. Pick and chose your battles. For example, you may have to decide that while you don’t want your child to have Mcdonalds chicken nuggets anymore, you may still allow him or her to eat some homemade ones or some ones that you buy at the groccery store that are healthier but still maybe not ideal.
  6. Exercise self control and will power as the parent. As the parent you have the most influence over your child’s healthy eating or lack thereof since you are the one who buys the food. Know that your child will probably get upset or have some meltdowns when you first start healthy eating for autism but it is up to you to stick to it.
  7. Involve your child with meal planning and even the cooking, if he or she is able.
  8. Know what your long term goal or goals are for healthy eating with autism and use these goals to motivate you when the going gets tough.
  9. Get sneeky. For example, you can put spinach, or other greens into all kinds of foods and your child won’t notice it is there. I’ve even seen cheerio like cereals that have greens added in the at health food stores before. There are ways to add greens into pizza sauce or smoothies. The possibilities are endless if you get creative.

Questions? Comments? Share with me below. I’d love to hear them.

The Ulimate List of Healthy Eating for Autism Tips

Posted on November 29, 2016January 21, 2018Categories AutismTags ,

Does trying to make healthy eating for autism drive you nuts? If so, here are 25 of the best tips for healthy eating for autism to help you.

1. Go slowly. Avoid trying to force your child to give up all unhealthy foods at once.

2. When eliminating foods, eliminate one food at a time.

3. Don’t be afraid to sneak in vegetables into foods your child likes. For example, you can blend spinach into tomato sauce for pizza, or you can blend broccoli into cheese sauce for macaroni and cheese.

4. Try getting your child to drink fruits and veggies. You can make delicious juices and smoothies your child will love.

5. While too much gluten free breads, cookies and cakes are not the best choices, when first beginning a gluten free diet with your child, it’s better to start with them rather than create caos by not allowing them at all.

6. Pinterest and blogs can be life savers when it comes to finding healthy eating and recipes for your child with autism.

7. Don’t be afraid to use bribery and rewards to encourage your child to try new foods.

8. Involve your child with the cooking.

9. Show your child pictures of fruits and vegetables and ask him or her which ones he or she wants to eat.

10. When it comes to healthy eating for your child, you the parent are ultimately responsible. If your child is a brat who only wants fries or cookies, you created the problem whether you realize it or not.

11. Healthy eating or unhealthy eating with a child with autism can be at the root cause of allergies, asthma, digestive issues, behavior troubles and sleep issues plus much more.

12. You may not be able to do it all on your own so don’t be afraid to reach out to a health coach like me, a nutritionist or other professional for help.

13. If you fall off the wagon, don’t stress and just get back on.

14. Having the full support of the rest of your household including other children who aren’t on the autism spectrum is a must.

15. Taking the extra time to look for store specials and sales, find coupons and deals and exploring online options such as Amazon and Vitacost is worth the effort to same money on healthy foods and on gluten free and dairy free options.

16. Think simple. A one pot meal of sauted veggies and chicken can be a delicious and healthy option that is simple to prepare and serve.

17. Get a crock pot and rice cooker and learn how to use them.

18. Avoid having your child watch food commercials as much as possible.

19. Find other fun activities to do that don’t involve food.

20. Teach your child how to cook healthy meals so that he or she will know how to cook and will enjoy healthy cooking.

21. Realize that all children and adults have taste preferences. Once you know your child doesn’t like a certain vegetable, stop forcing him or her to eat it. That said, you need to make sure first that your child really doesn’t like it and that he or she has tried it at least a few times.

22. Plan ahead with a grocery shopping list and menu plan.

23. Having a costco and or sams club membership can be a life saver especially if there are more than 4 people in your household.

24. Plan ahead. Then plan ahead again. Seriously though planning ahead will save you a lot of time, money and headaches. It will also make it more likely that you stick with healthy eating with your child even when it’s hard.

25. Think about the big picture. Why are you doing this? What do you hope to accomplish with healthy eating for your child with autism?

Which tip is your favorite? Have any healthy eating for autism tips to share that I missed. Share them below in the comments.