Fussy eating is a problem that many parents find themselves dealing with at some point. The familiar cycles can seem never-ending, and altering them can be a daily challenge. For those with autism, this pattern can be even more severe, so knowing what to do as early as possible is beneficial for the long term.
Knowing what I know now, when I think about what I’ve bought from food shops over a lifetime, it no longer surprises me that fussy eating is such a common occurrence and generally accepted as part of the course. But sometimes, for me, with my son’s patterns, it wasn’t so much about knowing that the food he wanted to eat wasn’t doing him any good; it was about understanding what the right foods were and the practicalities of a new process and how to prepare them.
It’s taken years of learning about the underlying foundational problems in the body and the connection to eating habits, to be confident that the food my son now eats is beneficial for him and his body. Finding the GAPS Nutritional Protocol has been life-changing for us, and I can already see how much my son’s body has developed during this time.
It’s surprising that in Western countries, with a surplus of food and a significant amount of waste, malnourishment is still a reality. But it’s true, and I believe this is partly due to the foods we choose to eat because of a lack of understanding about what the body needs to thrive. I can confidently say that what you eat significantly impacts how well your body functions.
And it’s not just about meeting the 5-a-day recommendation or understanding the benefits of consuming antioxidants found in foods like blueberries. Every person’s gut health is different and in need of the right tools to repair and rebuild.
I’ve spent years changing food cycles with my son, transitioning from better homemade food as an alternative to the shop-bought options I knew he would eat, to the radical transformation we now see as we follow the GAPS Diet. I can genuinely say I no longer miss the frantic trips to the supermarket, the time spent worrying about the impact of certain foods on his body, and the uncertainty of the cycles ever changing. We are living proof that, no matter how challenging the cycles, change is possible, and we are incredibly thankful for it.
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