My 4 reliable steps for picky eaters when it comes to implementing dietary changes.
Did you know nutrition is important but lacks the steps to help your child on the autism spectrum improve their diet?
If that’s you, continue reading this post and I will share with you some reliable steps for picky eaters when it comes to dietary changes that you can take to start improving your child’s diet today.
#1 Understand that making dietary changes requires time and commitment.
The first reliable step for picky eaters is to understand that making dietary changes requires time and commitment.
Do not expect diet changes to happen overnight because if you do, you’re setting yourself up for failure.
It’s important to understand where you want to go but do not expect to get there overnight.
This is a process for you and your child. So you have to take it one step at a time.
What I mean is to not beat yourself up if things don’t happen as quickly as you would like.
That’s the first step that I take when it comes to implementing any dietary changes, understanding, that it takes time.
#2 Evaluate and pick one area to focus on
The second reliable step for picky eaters is to evaluate and pick one area of focus.
Don’t pick a whole bunch of different areas because if you do this can lead to failure. It only will cause you to overwhelm yourself and your child.
What do I mean when I say pick one area?
An example of this would be if you know that you feed your child fast food a lot. Pick that area and focus on that one area.
The first thing you want to do is evaluate how often you go there and start trying to find alternatives.
If you’re going to McDonald’s frequently, I would look at what you’re feeding your child from McDonald’s and start to find healthier alternatives.
If you do that you will slowly shift your child away from thinking about McDonald’s every day and it will make it easier for you because you’ll slowly find alternatives as well.
Fast food is just one area. You can also start with identifying other areas that you need improvement in and just go for it.
I would like to hear from you in the comments below. Have you done any of this already? Have you started improving your child’s diet in any way? If so, let me know what steps you took in the comments below.
#3 Take action
The next reliable step for picky eaters when it comes to implementing dietary changes is to actually take action.
I don’t know how many times I see parents do not take action.
In order to help your child, you have to move on to improving your child’s diet.
You want to actually take action on whatever you decide to work on and just move forward.
After you start then you can see if it was a success or if it was a failure. If it didn’t work remember to not give up but try another area.
#4 Don’t be afraid to experiment with food
My fourth reliable step for picky eaters when it comes to implementing dietary changes is don’t be afraid to experiment with food.
This is something that I know can be very valuable for parents of children on the autism spectrum.
Our children are sometimes picky and you have to be experimental to get them to eat more nutritious food.
You know your child better than anyone else. I could tell you some experiments but it might not work for your child just because it worked for my child.
It’s going to be whatever your child enjoys and you know that your child will consume or eat.
You should experiment with whatever way makes sense for you and your family.
If your child refuses to eat a particular food one day, maybe hold off and try it at a later date.
The final step is don’t be afraid to experiment and try different things.
I believe that all of these steps are important when it comes to helping your child improve his or her diet.
I have created a free webinar for you “Four Steps to a Happy Healthy Child on the Autism Spectrum”. You can download that by clicking on the link here.