The Food Programme

Food plays an important role in Joshua’s life, as when he is in the right mood, food can make him very happy. He can be suspicious of the food that he is offered, always examining it closely before putting anything in his mouth! On the drive across to our Mums on saturday, my husband bought some Galaxy Golden eggs at the motorway services; they were chocolate caramel mini-eggs that were ‘dusted in gold’ for effect. He offered Joshua, one but he rejected it on closer examination; he seemed to be concerned by the coating, thinking that Daddy had forgotten to unwrap the foil off his sweet. He refused to open his mouth and spat two out that his Daddy managed to pop into his mouth!  But by yesterday on the way home, he had come around to the idea and he enjoyed two and held his hand out for more. I have no idea what the difference between the two days was, but it clearly made sense to him.

My mum had made a lasagne for lunch yesterday, usually one of Joshua’s favourite dishes and he had been hovering around the kitchen while she was cooking, looking ravenous. But when we sat down at the table, he would not entertain his lasagne and had just a couple of spoonfuls before leaving the table. He is pretty determined about his eating and having rejected something, he will rarely change his mind. He disappeared off to play the piano in the front room while we finished our lasagne, which was delicious. He snuck back to the table however, once we got onto pudding, which was the remains of the chocolate cake that I had made for the party , the day before. He tucked in and enjoyed  a large slice. Now some people would say that he should not have had any dessert, having not eaten any main course, but as it was his own birthday cake, I was not going to ban it on Mother’s Day.

We drove home last night  and stopped at the services around 7pm, teatime. We bought some fastfood at Burger King. Joshua grinned as he devoured a burger and then his fries, feeding himself as finger food. So maybe he is more like a teenager than we appreciated, enjoying a diet of chocolate and burgers with chips! As I have mentioned before, what Joshua choses to put into his mouth and eat, is one of the few things that he can control in his life and so, within limits, I am happy to allow him to make some of his own food choices. Although he had a bad diet yesterday, I am confident that he also gets enough fruit and vegetables ordinarily, that I know he is eating well enough. All of the diet advice tells us that nothing should be banned but that a healthy diet involves everything in moderation and so with this in mind, occasional fast food and chocolate is allowed.

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