Monday, June 13, 2011

Chocolate - Friend or Foe?

Bil loves chocolate.  There is just one problem.  It isn't good for him.

Bil uses his small salary paid by the sheltered workshop to buy goodies for himself.  And,he also enjoys buying something to serve company.

He is fortunate, he had a mother who enjoyed entertaining.  Now, she doesn't do it that much but she loves to have company.  Nowadays, the company will bring a lot of the food.  But Bil still enjoys contributing something.  He used to buy his chocolate at CVS but when the CVS in his local mall closed, he switched to Wal-Mart.

Is it a desire to share?  Or something about social behavior and his mother that he models?  I don't think it really matters.

One thing I don't see that often is Bil enjoying cookies.  So I have never observed if he likes Oreos.  (come to think of it, I've never seen my mother in law eat Oreos).  If he does, though, I bet that he enjoys the latest addition to the Oreo menu - Berry Burst Ice Cream.  Bil loves fruit flavored soda, so I wonder if he would get into the berry flavor. 

But I am not going to tempt fate.  As much as I would love to bring chocolate to Bil, I know that his mother says that it aggravates allergies.  And, there is the extra weight Bil is carrying.  And sometimes, as much as we want to believe in "people first", sometimes we just have to save our loved ones from themselves.

One day, I am afraid we are going to have to deal with this head on - however we can encourage a man with autism to diet.

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