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Food Issues and Solutions

First things first, so long as you are eating enough, getting enough of the right nutrients and not gaining/loosing weight rapidly don't put too much pressure on yourself to change your diet! Sure we could all probably eat a bit more healthily but at the end of the day food is just fuel. 

Most people with autism struggle with some kind of food issues. Some common issues/side effects are:

  • Tiredness 

  • Lack of nutrition

  • Tooth decay

  • Missing out on social events and school because of anxiety to do with food/mealtimes

  • Digestion issues

  • Sensory issues

We have come up with some solutions to help with this however it is important to note that these are just suggestions as this is a very difficult thing for most people with autism:

  • Gradualy exposing them/yourself to a new food (people around you eating it)

  • If cooking is an interest, try learining how to make a food or use a new ingerdient in a dish that is liked

  • Often finding new foods takes time and patience. Its also very difficult. Having a "safe"/"comfort" food availiable is important

  • Dont put pressure on it

  • Use supliments to get the nutrion if needed

  • Finding foods that are simmilar, if you like strawberries try a strawberry yougurt

  • "Try me" bowl, put a new food in a bowl that is there as an option

  • Specifically for pickier eaters, put food in serving dishes so that they can serve themselves

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