Thanks once again for your message, and more importantly for your support. I went on a hunt this past weekend to find ways to get my son to eat the yogurt and brown rice that would be easier and more appealing to him. I figured I should start at the local whole foods shop. What a wonderful place it is! I found everything I needed to buy, and then some. I found an organic version of the kids yogurt my son likes so much, and it even comes in the tubes so that we can freeze it and he can eat it like an ice pop. Unfortunately, it only comes in fruit flavors, but there is no chunky fruit in it - only the essence is added for flavor. I know it differs significantly from the plain unsweetened organic yogurt you used, but I'm really hoping that it will work for my son.
I also found brown rice cakes, which consist of nothing but brown rice, and he loves them. I really hope that they will suffice as a substitute for cooked brown rice for at least one serving a day. I'm still going to cook brown rice to have on hand, but I think I'm going to try mixing some white rice with it, and cook it using organic chicken broth or vegetable stock to add some flavor. As far as the veggies go, I'm going to try cooking two or three for each meal, but instead of mixing them, I'll cook and serve them separately.
Were you able to incorporate any meats other than chicken breast and fish into your diet? Kids get really tired of eating the same things over and over again, and I'm running out of ideas. You said that plain white potatoes are ok, but what about yams or sweet potatoes? Is there any reason why I couldn't try using different potatoes each week? I've also been meaning to ask you what spices are safe for use along with the diet. I know that spicy foods are not a good idea, but I would like to season the food with herbs and spices, whenever possible, to keep things interesting.
Thanks for your suggestion about the cowboy hat! It really is a good suggestion, and may have worked five or so years ago, but my son will be ten in a few short months and he thinks he's just a mini version of a grown-up. I have to explain things to him the same way I would to an adult or he gets really angry. I've explained things to him numerous times, but he'd rather pop a pill in hopes that it will work eventually rather than make modifications to his diet. I think he's beginning to realize that he doesn't have a choice in the matter, and seems to be coming around a bit. I think the diet is going to be a trial and error situation, similar to what you went through when you first started the diet. It will be worth it in the long run, though, if I can get my son on the road back to health.
I'll keep you posted, as promised, on my son's progress. Any additional suggestions will graciously welcomed.