Sunday, November 30, 2008

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Sorry--after the last entry, we got a call for an adoptive placement of a 1-week old baby girl. She was in our house 5 days later and it's been a little chaotic ever since. Needless to say, our diet has been even worse. We'd already been on a downward spiral. In fact, we took Matthew to the movies twice and tested out popcorn on him. He only got about 10-12 pieces, but he seemed alright. Starting to wonder if there's a threshold he can tolerate, if it's just corn SYRUP that's the issue, or if the issue has resolved.

Today, Matthew had a banana as his first breakfast and then we all had scrambled eggs with Taylor ham. I have no clue if the Taylor ham is safe and as I type this, I'm AGAIN reminded that Matthew's recent behavioral issues are likely tied to this lack of discipline with his diet--which we know damn well is related to food. Mike & I had decaf coffee.

Mike comes home with Dunkin Donuts and Matthew gets an Old Fashioned. Mike makes a chocolate coating with Skippy Natural peanut butter and either Nesquik syrup (which should've been thrown out because it has red dye in it) or these dark chocolate mini coins I bought from Whole Foods.

We had lunch... Nature's Promise Honey & Oat bread with Skippy Natural peanut butter and my homemade grape jelly. I had McCutcheon's strawberry jelly. We all drink water.

Somewhere along the way, Matthew grabbed an Apple & Eve fruit punch juice box.

We ate pink lady apples for snack.

And we had Tinkyada spiral pasta for dinner with some Nature's Promise frozen organic broccoli. Matthew takes his pasta with absolutely nothing on it. He won't even allow olive oil anymore. Mike and I take ours with a new sauce--Nature's Promise, but it was too spicy for me.

Matthew went to bed with a Whole Foods vanilla meringue; and of course I was starving so Mike got us shrimp chow fun and a shrimp egg roll.

Everything is out of control with the new baby. And it was already not going well and in need of lock-down. :(

Friday, November 14, 2008

Friday, November 14, 2008

6:45am... Matthew gets a cereal bar.

9:45am... we eat eggs scrambled with Wellshire Farms chicken apple sausage (and water).

I tear apart our living room which is a haven of dog hair and dust... so I forget to feed him again until 12:15 when I drag him to the local deli (thinking, "OMG, am I going to do this?") to have genoa/hard salami on a bagel stick with Tropicana OJ. I have my usual.

We go run around for a bit--looking for a new carpet for his room and getting the oil changed. He has his Edward & Son's veggie flavored crackers and some 365 organic fruit punch (juice box) before falling dead asleep.

We miss speech therapy.

My cousin and his son come over for dinner. The little guys have hot dogs (Nature's Promise) and french fries (frozen Alexia) while the adults order chinese food because I screwed up my cooking schedule with the corned beef.

The little ones also proceed to eat Whole Foods brand vanilla & chocolate meringues, and peeled organic baby carrots. Matthew opts out of the natural black cherry soda (I think it's made by Whole Foods).

Of course, I'm realizing the he didn't take any of his supplements today.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Breakfast... Mike makes Matthew what HE calls "egg in a hat" and I call "egg in a house". It's a slice of bread (the frozen GF Aleia brand) with a hole in the center (compliments of a cup used as a cookie-cutter) and then fried with an egg in the hole. I'm sure this involved ketchup (Whole Foods 365 Natural).

Since Matthew eats early, he rushed through a second breakfast (as usual) of scrambled eggs made with canned organic peas (fried in actual olive oil).

Snack en route to his class: peeled baby carrots.

Class teacher reports that Matthew is having trouble using an "inside voice". Considerably difficult for him today.

Lunch at Panera where he has a Kid's Deli sandwich with turkey and ham instead of something and cheese. The bread has not just wheat, but soy flour AND soybean oil. The meats do NOT have corn syrup in them (surprising) but are loaded with preservatives. He gets a side apple and splits my chips (which are cooked in a safe oil, but can't remember which one). He gets orange juice, but nobody can tell me if it has corn syrup in it. I'm hoping that their dedication to healthiER foods means "no". I'm more so hoping that it's not listed because it's JUST orange juice.

He goes from lunch to swim class (this is why we eat out on Thursdays--we leave early from home and I forget to pack lunch and we only have about an hour before his next class... no time to drive all the way home for lunch if I forget). He does okay for the first 15 minutes and I watch as he gets slightly aggressive in his play with the other two kids. He's being playful, but it's not nice and could be dangerous. Coach Rob sits him out for a bit.

Needless to say, the need to go on lockdown for food is crystal clear now. He's not listening to me or anyone else. He's getting back to being in a bubble and it's really bad. I think the lack of "inside voice" at class this morning could be a combination of what I already think is a hearing problem, and the foods causing sensory issues.

Tonight, we had Wild Caught salmon baked with garlic, gluten free breadcrumbs and olive oil, plus 365 brand frozen crinkle cut fries and canned organic green beans. Then we went to the movies where we allowed Matthew to try about 15 pieces of popcorn (with butter flavoring--so I won't know if it's the corn or the flavoring that sets him off). We agreed that truly, we don't know if his issue is corn or corn syrup--so why not try it. He only has speech therapy tomorrow so we can be shut-ins if need be.

We also had some Matthew-safe pieces of chocolate and organic white seedless grapes that I snuck in. Oh--and bottled water, of course.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008

Breakfast was gluten free bread bought frozen at Whole Foods (Aleia brand) made into French Toast with 100% maple syrup (bought at the grocery store, but really hard to get sometimes!)

We had close to nothing to do today. Snack was peeled organic baby carrots.

Lunch...? Oh, again... the local deli. Now Mike is getting concerned about the money being spent on this and Matthew's behavior is really starting to show the effects. Matthew has tuna on a bagel stick and Tropicana OJ. I have tuna on a roll with lettuce, tomato, oil (that is unquestionably soy even though it says "olive oil"--check yours) and vinegar plus water and coffee (AGAIN with white sugar).

Snack... I believe it was crackers.

Then macaroons (which are now gone so I can't check the brand, but they're safe and Whole Foods sells them).

Dinner was Wellshire uncured hotdogs and canned organic string beans for Matthew. Mike and I had the remains of the chili he made a few days ago. I proced to get VIOLENTLY ill.

Matthew stalls bedtime looking for more food and we give him more carrots.

Of course, Mike and I eat some Arica chocolate chunk gluten-free (and all other stuff-free) cookies after his defrosting a banana proves to be disastrous.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

6:45am: Matthew eats a Nature's Choice Triple Berry Multigrain Cereal Bar

8:00am: Mike gives Matthew either grape tomatoes or grapes (both organic)

8:45am: Matthew eats an egg fried in olive oil while Mike and I just down some Good Earth decaf Chai tea with honey as I bolt out the door with child to his class... late. As he washes his hands before leaving, I manage to get a tsp. of Nordic Naturals 3-6-9 Complete fish oil into him (no, not the kids version) and a tsp. of Sambucol into all of us plus his probiotic (Nature's Way Primadophilus Kids) and two of the new chewable vitamin C wafers (Big Friends 250mg Tangy Orange flavor). We skipped the multivitamin today. Of to his open play session at the Y.

10:30am: Matthew declines Edward & Son Original Brown Rice Snap Vegetable crackers but drinks his 365 brand organic fruit punch juice box.

11:45am: Going on a trend of horribly unhealthy eating for us, we go to the local deli. Matthew has tuna this is undoubtedly loaded with soy between the broth the tuna is poached in and the mayo the deli uses. Plus the bagel stick he wanted it on. He drinks his own white grape juice box (365 brand organic). I eat tuna with lettuce, tomato and some vinegar on a roll, coffee with the damn white sugar again and a bottle of water. I have a wicked craving for fried food and get a side of fries--stoked in corn/soy oil I know it, but Matthew doesn't even want any. Noticed that the deli bought a new container of the organic ketchup.

Matthew falls asleep en route to his "Rhythm & Rhyme" class and gets to sleep a total of 10 minutes.

2:15pm: we leave Matthew's class and he eats peeled baby carrots that I bought yesterday.

4:45pm: Upon request for food, I lay out grape tomatoes for Matthew and eat them myself since he found a way to turn the TV on (we watch close to no tv here--so this is an event). In the interest of trying to get back into cooking dinner (Mike's done it for a few years now) I let him watch TV and cook the london broil that's been marinated in olive oil, white vinegar, ginger, onion and garlic. I broil it and of course, I burn one side and cook it too long. I steamed the organic cauliflower that was in the fridge and baked some steak fries I bought at Whole Foods the other day but for my life don't remember the brand.

After dinner, we usually have something sweet. Tonight it was the organic green seedless grapes.

Of course, it's now 8:12pm and I'm hankerin' for something completely unhealthy. If I'm not mistaken, Mike has a package of Yodels above the fridge.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Oh! Forgot!

I seriously forgot that I started this blog. What a moron. Today:

6am: Matthew wakes and must be fed immediately. I give him leftover meatballs (MIL makes this Matthew-safe) and broccoli. Breakfast is a time to eat. We eat whatever we have. Often Matthew gets grapes or grape tomatoes or blueberries or a cereal bar--but I haven't gone food shopping yet.

9am: Matthew and I leave Mike sleeping and sick and head out to the local bagel place. Matthew has 2 eggs scrambled (without milk in them) and some hard, Genoa salami chopped up in it. They've offered to cook it on a dry grill since they use corn/soybean veggie oil. He drinks Tropicana OJ. I have an egg, potato and steak wrap with organic ketchup plus a bottle of water and some coffee with sugar only. They carry the organic ketchup just for us. I bought the first bottle and they wound up with a subsequent bottle accidentally. The only downer is the white sugar for the coffee. I keep meaning to put a box of raw sugar in his cabinet below the coffee machines. This is part of why I love my town! ;)

noon: Matthew eats the rest of the meatballs and broccoli; and Mike eats homemade chili with rice. I skip.

4:30pm: I've been out and Mike forgot to snack down Matthew. He now pours some potato chips.

6pm: Matthew wants a hamburger (homemade) and fries (some frozen ones I buy at Whole Foods that are made with some oil other than corn or soy, but have apple juice in them... weird) with Whole Foods 365 Natural ketchup. Mike and I have chili and rice (he doesn't mind having it again). We all drink water.