The best way to combat this is to begin at infancy and make your own baby food, create home cooked meals each night feeding your toddler the same food you consume. That is just not the reality for many of us. There is, however, a way to combat the picky eater or sugar addicted child by utilizing the “Add on Method.”
Begin introducing 2 new healthy adult foods per week. Allow your child to try those foods multiple times. Studies show that it may take up to 10 tries for our brain to figure out if we like something! Yes, your kids will fight you on this one and that’s never easy, but it is certainly worth the long-term health benefits.
Try cutting the portion of “kid food” in half and giving them tastes of the salmon and asparagus you made for yourself. This allows them to try the new food but doesn’t insist that they eat a large portion or go without, as their familiar food is still an option.
Try not to allow options for the main dish as this teaches that they do not need to learn to like new foods. Slowly transition the processed “kid” foods out of the picture as they come to like more real foods.
Remember YOU are in charge of what comes into your home and what is offered for meals and snacks. Rest assured, research shows that children will not go hungry and will eat what you make available to them.
Thank you to Kylie Reiffert for sharing this advice with our families!
Kylie Reiffert is a nutritionist and holistic health expert with an educational background in both biochemistry and nutrition. She works with individuals and families constructing individualized nutrition plans to help you and your family reach optimum health, “Because YOU’RE Not Everyone and Everyone is Not YOU!” For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org