Emma and Food

I have been keeping a chart of the new foods Emma has tried these past six days.  To date she has sampled:  pear, banana, apple, blueberry, raspberry, watermelon, honeydew melon, papaya, raisin, dried apricot, homemade granola, oatmeal with banana and raisins, chicken, (catfish, kale – totally pushing my luck last night with those two)  and the piece de resistance – vegetable frittata!  To date her favorites are watermelon, pear, banana, apple, raisin, chicken and the frittata.

I am also reading the Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) by Natasha Campbell-McBride.  It is a diet created by Dr.Campbell-McBride who “healed” her own son diagnosed with autism.  It is a daunting proposition, which requires one to forego almost all foods (saving a meat broth which one is suppose to consume every 30 minutes or so) for a few days to several weeks in order to allow the gut to heal before slowly introducing easily digested foods until eventually the child is able to eat a wide range of foods.   This diet is so draconian in the beginning, it makes going gluten and casein free look like a picnic.   Still I continue to do my research.  I guess you either have to laugh or cry.  I’m going with laughter at the moment.  Tears to follow, I’m sure.

Over the long weekend we took the children to the New York Botanical Gardens.  It was in the 80’s and gorgeous.

The Haunted Pumpkin Garden

The “Herb” Garden

As delightful and creative as these pumpkins were, Emma was much more concerned with getting on the tram that runs through the grounds of the Botanical Gardens.

“She loves various modes of transportation,” Richard observed when we finally secured four seats on the tram.

Yup.  That’s our Emma.

For more on Emma’s journey through a childhood of autism, go to:   www.EmmasHopeBook.com

2 responses to “Emma and Food

  1. Hi Ariane, I think it’s great Emma is trying so many new foods. I would say that accepting new things is much more worthwile than doing a strict diet based on – whatever.

    My daughter is highly gifted: that wasn’t a picknick either when she was growing up. But accepting that she was en will be different, well, that’s been a struggle for all of us, but the best thing we ever did.

    May I ask why you are trying so desperately to overcome autism? Just as being highly gifted, or nearsighted etc, you don’t overcome a certain condition. As far as I know, one only learns to deal with that condition, to accept.

    Please don’t be offended, I’ve been reading your blog for a while now, getting an insight in life with autism, loving the NY-stories, and loving the way Emma deals with life.

    • No offense taken. It’s a good question and an important one. While being nearsighted or highly gifted certainly come with a whole slew of issues, it is not the same as a child who cannot function without hands-on daily support. I wrote a post a week ago entitled: A Cure – Autism in which I write about this. I’ve cut and pasted it as it pretty much sums up the reason we keep searching for something that might help her.

      “I would love for there to be a “cure”. I would like to believe that I will live to see such a day. I would love to not ever worry about whether my daughter will have a play date, live independently, be able to hold down a job or know the joy of having a conversation with someone that includes the exchange of ideas and differing opinions. Don’t get me wrong, I love my daughter. I love her exactly as she is. I would not love her more if she were “cured”. But for today, Emma cannot function in our world, she is not mainstreamed, she cannot take a shower, wash her hair and dry herself off without support. We are not discussing nuances here. We are talking about a child who is more than “quirky”. My husband, Richard and I love quirky. Quirky is GREAT! We’ll take quirky. But that’s not what Emma is. Emma has autism.”
      Hope this adequately answers your question and if it doesn’t ask for more details. By the way, really pleased you enjoy the NY stories and the blog.

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