Thanks LookMommy, I tried to find Mom2Six's post as well as yours on diet and food but didnt have any luck. Any more info would help!
Khrisday, I know what you mean about the processed cheese, the idea behind it was for him to eat something else. He had just finished his dinner of Fried Fish Fingers and then wanted something else (packet of chips - or Crisps as I think you would refer to them). He knows full well that he is pushing the boundaries. He is a very switched on kid, and knew that he wouldnt be allowed to have them, he just wanted to try.... So instead, we offered him an Apricot Fruit Bar (which he does eat occasionally), but he didnt want it. So I asked him to try a peice of cheese.
Its difficult. I dont want to be contributing to his unhealthy appetite, nor do I want to be towing the line of his mother's ideals which we may not agree with. She has said that she will focus on his diet once his toileting is going well, and it has improved, but she is busy with a University Degree at the moment and I think its on the back burner.
I will have another go and "making" fish fingers using REAL fish and "making" chicken nuggets using REAL chicken, but he knows the difference......
I think his dietry issues are somewhat sensory, somewhat stubborness - he is a very strong willed child. He is open to trying new foods sometimes, but they only seem to be junky, processed, nutrient-lacking foods. He had a bacon and cheese pizza which he ate most of a couple of months back but I am still not happy with him eating those foods. Occasionally he will have a bite of an apple or a banana - he is capable of eating better foods, just chooses not to.
I will try to encourage a healthier diet. He is happy to have a cup of tea or a coffee (very, very, very weak version) just to be the same as us so I am hoping if I make a mild Spaghetti bolognaise or something he will try it.
At one stage all of the foods that he eats (nuggets etc) were new foods, they haven't taken 100 times of offering them to him. He is more than happy to have a chocolate bar or an ice-cream - anything that he likes, he just avoids anything healthy.