Monday, December 31, 2007

Magic Plate

This morning after negotiating breakfast foods for over 20 minutes, I finally ended it and chose the foods myself. N was not happy, but I think I need to end the regular negotiations. We've always let him know that a certain number of calories were required, but he'll throw out tons of food menu combinations trying to find exactly the right one (i.e. the one with the least calories). I understand that sometimes he has his own likes and dislikes. I can also understand that he is getting tired of certain foods. But he is so determined to "optimize" what he eats (sort of the "if I'm going to eat, then I want it to be the foods I like the very most"). He can take forever trying to decide what he wants the very most. I think it is setting up a bad pattern. So, we'll try to move back to the "magic plate" concept as taught in Maudsley.

2 comments:

Mikey said...

Please forgive my ignorance, but what is the 'magic plate' concept?

Wendy said...

The main idea is that the magic plate "appears" before you -- already full of food. Hopefully this takes any battles or negotiations out of meal time. It also allows us to give him adequate calories.