Visit Home and BBQ Time

All of my apprehension was for nothing. Sarah came for a home visit and we partied. We had a great bbq and then we went to the lake.

Sarah did not want to go down to the water and that was ok, maybe next time.

This time I did not let anything rob me of the joy I felt at having one of my daughters home with us even if it was just for a visit 🙂

So, I thought I would share some pics of the good time we had. Thank you Jamie for all of your help 🙂2005-09-13 21.06.26 2005-09-14 00.04.01 2005-09-14 00.06.05

Autism, Prescription Meds, and Weight Gain

I don’t know about you, but with Sarah weight gain has been an issue since she was a teenager. When she was little food was not very important to her, that is except her favorite food such as  boxed Mac and Cheese.

Sarah had (and still does to a degree) texture problems and you just could not get her to eat much. When she became a teenager we pretty much had know choice but to put her on prescription meds. for her different challenges.

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The medicines made her eat more, and helped her to try different foods BUT…… they also made her more hungry, and made her gain weight at a phenominal rate. We honestly concidered putting a lock on the refridgerator, because she would raid it when we weren’t looking.

All Sarah knew was that she was hungry all the time, and could not comprehend why we wouldn’t feed her what she wanted when she wanted. Of course when she didn’t get her food, that would just lead to a meltdown of major purportions. The doctors didn’t seem to be concerned about her weight, but we sure were.

Now however, I am very pleased to report that she is on a strict diet and she exercises. On 1-29-2013 she weighed 195. On 5-21-2013 she weighed 172.60. I am so proud of Sarah and her staff working so hard to get her eating healthier and getting her weight down.

This has taught me that even though she is on medicines that make her gain weight, she can still lose the excess weight. Or at least keep her weight under control.

 

Tips on Autism and Healthy Eatting

Deutsch: Agricultural Research Service, Photo ...

Deutsch: Agricultural Research Service, Photo by Peggy Greb., public domain (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Fresh vegetables are important components of a...

Fresh vegetables are important components of a healthy diet. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Over the years we had to be very careful in the food choices we made for Sarah when she was growing up. Sarah was a  neophobic (a.k.a picky eater) and she did not like certain textures. We would introduce certain healthy foods to her a little bit at a time and reward her with something she liked. Eventually she began to really like raw vegetables and water. It was a slow process but she is much more healthy. A child with Autism who is a neophobic will grow up to be an adult with Autism who is a  neophobic so start introducing healthy foods right away.