Last night at dinner I had a little revelation when Nora pushed away her plate and asked to leave the table–and her plate was empty!
One behavioral frustration with this diet has been hand-feeding Nora at almost every meal. She doesn’t fight it, but she has not eaten much on her own unless it is particularly appealing finger food. There have been many nights of sitting at the table talking with her while shoveling in the last bites (and it takes awhile, if you have ever experienced Nora in deep conversation. It’s hard to chew while so many words are coming out.) Or following her around the house with the last bites, or feeding her while she is in the bathtub.
Mostly I attributed it to the appetite-suppressing effects of the ketogenic diet. She is willing to eat, but doesn’t really feel like eating. We now also know that she was probably getting too many calories for weeks, so she was just full up. Now that her calories are reduced, she actually says “I’m hungry!” And thankfully, feeds herself.
A new food that is coming in vogue: celery! So juicy, crunchy and fiberous, it fills a girl up with almost no carbs (or protein, or fat). And Nora has now discovered pickles, a “sour power” treat with minimal carbs and lots of flavor.
And as we have not yet mentioned here, Nora ate a window gel cling thing (gummy bear-like consistency) this week. Chewed it right up. She had it in the car returning from a playdate with a friend. She kept trying to serve me “fish,” but I was driving and couldn’t see her. They are non-toxic and should pass right through, and Nora has not had any problems yet. But sheesh, like we needed that little moment of panic.