No Food For Me Please!
April 11th, 2012 by Behaven Kids
When my oldest son was born, I read everything that I could on nutrition and the best foods to feed his developing mind. After breastfeeding him exclusively for the first 6 months, I slowly started introducing new foods. Against the recommendation of my pediatrician (who I promptly quit using), I made all my own baby food using fresh, organic fruits and veggies. It was easy, saved money and time, and I knew exactly what went into his food.
As the years passed, I’ve continued to be cautious about the foods that I let Reece eat. Thankfully, that kid will eat anything and everything!! Spinach, avocados, tomatoes, steak, sprouts – you name it he’ll eat it. I remember once I ordered ahi tuna tacos and almost threw up with the first bite, Reece who was 5 at the time – happily ate the rest of the tacos. Cooking for him has always been a breeze – I don’t have to be creative or put much thought into meals. If I want him to eat a super healthy meal, he will oblige without batting an eye.
Myles on the other hand has no interest in food or eating. There are only a handful of foods that he will consistently eat – cherrios, Snapea Crisps (his very fave), applesauce pouches (seriously only if it’s in a pouch), YoBaby yogurt (especially blueberry), and
cooked carrots. Most of the time, he will try a bite or two of whatever I feed him and then the “no-s” set in. For awhile, panic was building inside me as the months passed and he continued to be a picky eater, I was worried about him getting too small. There were times when I’ve given him junk food (fries for dinner anyone?) just to get something in his tummy. He is a tiny little peanut (seriously I think he weighs 21 pounds or so) and I want to make sure he continues to grow. But giving him junk like french fries (which are actually on his “will always eat list” as well) just isn’t going to
cut it. So I’ve been forced to be more creative in my meal planning. Pinterest
has certainly done its job there – so many cute and fun food recipe ideas!
I’ve also found that he is more likely to eat if it’s “my” food (but feeding him off
my plate isn’t going to work long term– I doubt when he’s in college he’ll want
to come home to eat dinner with me every night). We have also started a “one bite” rule – he has to try one bite of all the food on his plate and then if he eats all of certain
thing (like all his soup) he can have more of that item. Over time as I continue to offer the same items, my hope is that he will eventually start eating more than one bite.
As always, along with my Wednesday blog is our “Win it Wednesday” giveaway! If you are a mom like me, I like to try foods before I give them to my kids, so this week we teamed up with, PJ’s Organics, who donated TWELVE (12) free product vouchers! That means you won’t feel guilty trying a few of the products before using them to feed your kiddos. The company creates hand-rolled authentic Mexican burritos, enchiladas, taquitos and flautas, using organic ingredients sourced locally whenever possible. It’s a great option for a quick meal on the go that is still nutritious (100% USDA organic certificed meat and GMO-free!)
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