For the longest time, if she threw the food, that was it. No more. I would offer her a couple choices and if she refused them both, so be it. I am not a short order cook. Actually, I am not a cook at all, but that is another story. If Ellie didn't eat, fine. I would try again a few hours later and that was that. I gave her choices of food and it was her choice whether or not to eat it.
Until she lost weight. Weight gain has been a constantly struggle for The Bellie Bear since 18 months of age. The age that Ellie learned to
Unable to fatten Ellie us the usual dietary ways due to a milk intolerance that leads to spiting up resembling an exorcism, I started getting creative with Ellie's almond milk--adding in coconut oil, peanut butter, a banana, and flaxseed all pureed into a smoothy. I am sneaky like that.
Another tactic recommended by our ECI therapist was to change mealtimes up a bit. We had a freak day of 92 degree weather and I declared it a picnic day! I gathered a blanket, my camera of course, and boxes of food. Ellie and I sat, okay I sat and Ellie wandered, in the front yard under our great oak trees and are you ready?. . . The Bear ate an entire graham cracker. Without throwing it. It took her an entire 20 minutes of sauntering about the yard with it, but she ate it. This from the girl who lives off raisins.
This past Friday was our 2nd nutrition consult and Ellie has gained back her weight plus a 1/2 pound! I think it was the almond milk shakes :)