Posted by: icmadoptionnetwork | October 29, 2012

You are what you eat

Food plays a major role in our lives. Not only is it necessary for survival, it also determines our health and our general physiological well-being. Through food, we connect with others and build relationships around the dinner table. Some people eat when they are upset; some people eat when they are happy; some women (myself included) need chocolate to get through a difficult day. The impact that food has on our lives is astounding.

Oftentimes, when working with a family during the post adoption phase, they will talk to us about difficulties their adopted child will have when it comes to eating or food-related issues. We see some children that will gorge themselves and make themselves sick. We see some children that will hide food. We see other children that will refuse to eat or use food as a means to demonstrate their control. Most of these children have only known impoverished life: not knowing if and when their next meal will come; never knowing the feeling of being “full;” fighting other children for food. All of these factors influence their mindset when it comes to food.

Depending on the situation, we work with these families to help their children learn healthy eating habits. Whether it’s having a healthy snack drawer, lengthening eating times, or offering small, more frequent meals. These children need extra care and attention, and a great deal of positive reinforcement.

I wanted to share with our families an excellent resource regarding food issues and adopted children: http://adoptionnutrition.org/.

I hope that it is helpful, and if you ever need further assistance with your adopted child and eating issues, please feel free to contact us at anytime.

 

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