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From Indiana, USA:

My boyfriend's 10 year old son who recently moved in with us, has been diabetic since he was about 3 years old. His past diet history has been mainly fast foods or processed foods. For the most part, he has not been on any meal plan at all. Do you have any suggestions regarding introducing fruits, vegetables to a child who refuses to try new foods? His favorite foods are McDonald's burgers/fries/chicken nuggets; hot dogs; pizza; Taco Bell; potatoes; chicken; steak. This has been quite a challenge to meal plan for him. We will be going to Riley Hospital for Children next week for the first time for an assessment to help regulate his blood sugars.

Answer:

When you go to Riley Hospital, there will be a diabetes team who can help with the meal planning aspect. Since he has been eating this way for awhile, it is best to do only small changes, as introduce a salad or raw carrots with dip when he has chicken nuggets or a hamburger and fries. Don't expect him to eat large portions of a new food. Only a couple of tablespoons is great.

Actually the foods you have listed can work into the meal plan quite nicely, unless he is very overweight. Fruits are usually well-liked by kids. Maybe cut an apple into slices and let him decorate it with peanut butter so raisins stick to it and you get a face. Involve the child in planning or preparing meals (would you like to try green beans or carrots tonight to go along with the pizza?) -- this often works well. Also, please eat together (don't fix separate foods or eat in front of the TV) -- this is a time for everyone to enjoy the meal and discussion of the day's events. Finally, the dietitian at Riley can be of great help in working out any details.

LSF

Original posting 12 Oct 1998
Posted to Meal Planning, Food and Diet

  
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