Sunday, March 28, 2010

Rising to the challenge

Recently we had our son's IEP. We didn't know what to expect. The past one was, difficult, and we were a little leary of walking in the door. As I told a friend later, "I didn't sleep at all the night before." It went well, better than well, Ok flipping, fabulous, great, and marvy-bar. Our son will be getting a certificate to cook in a restaurant by the end of next year. That is not the only highlight but the one worth mentioning here. Our son had risen to the challenge of his first year in High School.

Our son's most recent encouragement, in fact, came the other evening while watching the new Jamie Oliver program. The boy fought us the entire time, "I won't like it it will be awful" He saw that Jamie had taken this boy to his kitchen and was giving him private lessons on how to cook, what to do and how to do it. Our son was mesmerized. He is cooking... and our son related to this boy on TV who is overweight, shy and very intelligent.

So what does all this mean and how does it apply to Austism and Aspergers?

We conducted an experiment this weekend. We celebrated with our son for 3 days, eating out, eating junk food, and coming home and plopping on the couch. We have been sicker than sick for 3 days. We are crabby, angry, irritable, our stomachs are a mess and we are now more than determined to eat better. What we learned is that all the junk we ate just made us sick and we can't allow bad food to take over our bodies. It also made us realize how far we have to go. Being incapable of functioning because of several meals of junk food means we really need to go without the junk entirely. This means that we are rising to the challenge

It is so EASY to fill up on the garbage and then come home and still be hungry. How is it that after 3 days of this, I still have a headache that won't go away, my husbands stomach is in knots, and our son has had recurrent nightmares. As my Dad would have said, "Garbage in, garbage out." I think with the ease of getting the fast food, it is that, the ease of getting it. Eating it regularly is not only bad for the body it takes some of the soul of eating out as well. As a family with a child with a disability, we need a "break today". Fast food is our way out. OR at least it was our way out. Not anymore. We are rising to the challenge

At an estate sale, our son found a cookbook that has directions on how to make everything, from white sauce to bread to the correct way to serve veggies. It is amazing. It is worth a shot. Last night we had Chicken and Zuchinni; the boys used olive oil and then added the veggies and ground flax seed. It was GREAT. Again, we are rising to the challenge.

How about you? Will you rise to the challenge, too?

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