I think I am going to slap the next person that says, "at least he's high functioning". Really, they should call it something else because I think people think that means "kid with very few issues".
Our 7 year old never ate meat. For years we joked that we had done too good of a job when introducing solids and now he would only eat fruit, veggies and grains. You couldn't hide meat to save you life. We tried it all. He was like this from his first bite of baby meat. Finally, with feeding therapy, we got him to start eating meat. If given the choice he will always opt for the non-meat item. So, I don't give him a choice. I put meat on his plate and he will slowly eat it. Until recently. He's now back on the eat only veggies kick. Last night, for example, we had chicken, mashed potatoes, and peas. He ate the peas. He ate the potatoes. He refused the chicken (I made it just how he likes it). He asked for 23 carrots instead. Yes, 23, that exact number. He's like that. He won't ask for SOME carrots. He will give you a number. Now, these are carrot chips (cut up carrots into chip size pieces, not dehydrated), so don't think he ate 23 whole carrots. But that was supper. Yes, his poop was a bit orange today. I am working on feeding therapy with him again to get past what this is. But do any of you have kids that do this? He can't be without big sources of protein. He has issues with weight gain, muscle building, energy, and growth. He's also a bit hypoglycemic. I have a high quality protein powder that I hide in things (popsicles made with coconut ice cream, homemade protein bars, etc). It has none of the foods he can't have in it (gluten, casein, soy, etc). But there's only so much of that I can get into him before he balks. Today he has low energy and had a hypoglycemia episode this morning (my legs are weak, I am shaky, I am too weak to stand - that's how he describes it). I will seek any advice I can find. I know there is protein in other foods, he won't eat most of them. I can do feeding therapy exercises with him. I know how. But it's getting the foods in there in creative ways and in many different forms (he also stops eating anything he's eaten very much. He might eat it 5 times, not even in a row, and won't eat it again for months on end.)