With the start of summer break, Christopher’s dad and I have decided to go gluten-free. At least Christopher will. Christopher’s teachers think that he might be slightly autistic, and we both agree that that’s a possibility. I’ve been reading about a gluten-free diet making autism go away in children, so I’ve been wanting to do this.
My problem is: Christopher is the pickiest eater ever. He would never have to have meat, except for hot dogs and the occasional burger. He is so picky, he won’t even eat every burger. In-N-Out is his burger of choice and everything depends on his mood. Or level of hunger, I suppose. If you gave him a cheese sandwich (bread and cheese, that’s it, not even toasted) for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day, he’d be happy as a clam. Unfortunately, bread is out for gluten-free.
He does like his vegetables. As you can tell from the pictures, he does like bell peppers. As does my budget. Christopher will eat pretty much all vegetables, though. Voluntarily! He loves them, so that’s one good thing. But of course I can’t just feed him veggies.
I am on a tight grocery budget, so I really don’t have the luxury to splurge. I know there are bread substitutes, but they’re expensive. And I don’t know if gluten-free bread is any good. And with the picky eater that I have, Christopher won’t eat it (“I don’t love that”) and the money is down the drain.
Now, luckily, during the summer there are no school lunches to worry about. But we’re also not home every day for lunch. If I am packing a lunch to go, I am not too sure what to do either.
And last but not least, I don’t want to keep feeding him the same 5 things over and over and over again. I am so inexperienced in gluten-free, I honestly don’t know what to do with that with a picky eater.
Can anyone help me, please? Who’s got picky eaters on a gluten-free diet? What should I feed Christopher? What are your tricks and tips? Leave a comment or send me an email – I need help!