Is that not one of the most obnoxious suggestions ever?
How about, keep your foodie kid on a bland diet for three weeks (minimum).
My poor kid cried on the way home from the pediatric gastroenterologist’s as he began thinking about all of the foods he can’t have:
No red meat, deer, lamb, or pork.
No spices or herbs.
No onions, no garlic.
No caffeine or chocolate.
The one thing that breaks his heart? Salsa, he talks about salsa multiple times a day. I’ve mentioned before he’s high-functioning autistic, so distracting him from this line of thought isn’t the easiest task.
Water, rice milk, or Gatorade.
Breads and cereals.
Fruits and Vegetables
Skinless poultry, fish, fish canned in water
Miscellaneous: plain popcorn, jam, jelly, 1 TBSP of nuts / nut butters a day. 1 TBSP per day total of light or whipped margarine, vegetable oil, or light mayo
*Most soups contain so many of the forbidden foods that I do not understand how they can be allowed. Who makes soup without onions? Who makes soup without garlic or bay leaves or even pepper? This doesn’t even make sense to me.
We’re a little over a week into this and I admit it. I’m at a complete and utter loss as what to do for meals.
This bland diet is going to make all of us snap. You see, I won’t let the other kids have foods that will make this one jealous, the dynamic between the siblings just becomes unbearable if they have something they can hold over another’s head.
We have almost two weeks to go and I’m already hating this.
Yes, raw vegetables are great, but steamed with lemon juice can only be sold to a 9, 7, and 5 year old so many times before they look at you like you’ve lost your mind.
So now, I’m asking you, Home Eccers. How do you feed yourself and children -in a somewhat healthy fashion- staying within these guidelines? The amount of sugars and salt that is contained in this diet by default is ridiculous. I’m having a hard time understanding how something so starchtastic can be healing. However, I am doing the best I can by my child and yes, he’s getting an insane amount of fiber (4 TBSP Metamucil) each afternoon in a rice milk shake -this is part of the therapy recommended by the GI.
So help, me out, please share your best recipes / techniques that fit this bland diet. We’ve got two weeks to go and I’d really like something delicious and healthy and within the guidelines on the dinner table tonight.