Just eat! I find myself saying this over and over again to my picky eaters. I could set in front of them the most beautifully arranged plate of food and they would reject it for the smallest of reasons. Perhaps the carrots were touching the other food on the plate. Maybe I cut up their waffles into tiny pieces and they’d rather have it whole. The reasons for not eating are endless.
And, as a mom, this makes me worry about what sort of nutrition they are getting.
For a whole month, my toddler would not eat a spec of veggies or fruit. It seemed as if he was living off of carbs and protein alone. That couldn’t be good, right? I ended up hiding a lot of these “forbidden” foods in his usual favorites and it worked most of the time. But this guy was like the princess and the pea. He was able to find the bits of mashed bananas I put in his oatmeal that were almost invisible to the naked eye. I had no idea how he did it.
A talk with my pediatrician, Dr. Mark Salzman at Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles put me at ease. He said that I should think about my kids’ food intake in terms of the entire week not in terms of one day. For instance, did they eat one day and not the next? I thought about this with my kids. For everyday they decided not to touch a morsel of food, they would turn around and eat two helpings of dinner another day.
So why are some kids more fussy than others when it comes to eating? Some believe that their little taste buds are hyper sensitive. Others think that it has to do with texture. Whatever the case may be, we continue to try and try again in our house because you never know. What they hate one day, they might love the next.
Moms, how do you deal with picky eaters in your house?