Caspian is on strike. He won’t eat.
Unless it is animal fat, meat, chocolate or soy cream.
In absolute desperation I have caved in and started feeding him exactly what he wants. This is where the local RSL’s bistro ( Returned Serviceman’s League) has been a godsend. They make a mean roast pork. The steamed vegetables are just right and they happily add lumps of fat onto the plate for Caspian. I take my laptop and scales with me to the bistro and check my self pride at the door.
This is the meal Caspian ate for dinner tonight:
12 grams of Roast Pork
28 grams of FAT
16 grams of Carrot
10 grams of hot chips
Yep, it is true. Usually I manage to get Caspian’s dinner to look vaguely normal by giving him some steamed vegetables and substituting some of the pork fat for fish oil. These meals are more like this:
9 grams of Roast Pork,
23 grams of Fat
6 grams of Fish Oil
5 grams of Hot Chips
10 grams each of cauliflower, broccoli, carrot
8 grams of corn kernels
5 grams of peas
Both of these meals are 4:1, and would be more vegetable-centric if it was up to me. David and I have discovered it really isn’t nice trying to force a child to eat. So in comes the Chippies (fries), in comes the fat and goodbye vegetables.
The good news is that I think this is just temporary, as Caspian is ill again with a sore throat and fever. His immune system has crashed with the serious loss in nutrition and zinc has become a casualty. Our dietitian reminded me to get Caspian back on the zinc, and interestingly he has not become as desperately ill this time, not requiring antibiotics.So much of the body is dependent on zinc; the immune system, hormones and the gut to name a few. Zinc is really important in taste and people with low zinc often have a reduced range of foods that they like. I wonder if that is why Cas is off his food ( as well as being crook). I really hope it is a bit of a magic elixir for my little boy.
Thank goodness for our local RSL, I didn’t cook and we all ate something yummy. Hurray!