My daughter is 13years old she has always had a very limited diet but recently she has decided she doesn’t like some things she has eaten for years she doesn’t eat any fruit or veg as she previously only ate pink lady apples and raw carrot sticks but now she won’t eat them at all I am concerned about her nutrition she cannot bring herself to try new things and suffers with terrifying panic attacks when asked to try new food I admit we pander to her a lot but we would prefer a happy healthy child than a child that conforms to “the norm” however now I am concerned the amount of foods she eats is getting less and less I refuse to force her or hide food as she will not eat rather than eat food she doesn’t like. Any advice much appreciated. Thanks in advance.
Yes, my friend’s little boy would only eat mashed up baby food for several years, but slowly over time, he began eating solid food, starting with bananas. It was his grandma that helped with this transition and it took a while, but he now eats all his food in solid form.
Now that I’m eating better (not perfect in my food choices) but at least I’m eating so now I’ve noticed I have way less headaches and I don’t feel as weak or exhausted but it’s taken time, encouragement and acceptance on my part to build it up to where I am now.
I don’t like going to supermarkets so I’m working on making a food storage area so I can buy food in bulk so I don’t have to shop as often and I’ll have all the foods on hand that I like to eat, which will make life easier.
Sorry, I hadn't considered the difficulties of the shopping trip itself, but perhaps a way around that would be for her to choose some things from the supermarket's website / magazine or even TV advert that she likes the sound / look of?
My daughter wouldn't eat fish or seafood but surprised me one day by asking for a branded fish-in-a-bag she had seen advertised on TV - I think the unusual cooking method appealed to her more than anything really, but she was excited to see it cooking and did eat it!
I remember when she was much younger she would go through phases of only eating certain colours - and nothing on her plate was allowed to touch anything else! We got through several colours without too much difficulty, just a couple of odd meals, until she decided only Blue would do! I thought I was being very smart by deciding to dye mashed potato blue and serve it as 'Bangers 'n' Mash' to the whole family - it didn't end well. My daughter loved it and ate it all but none of the rest of us could face Blue Potato - it looked disgusting! Trial and error, indeed.
Funny we were talking about blue mash potatoes the other day lol. We also have the problem of things touching on the plate we end up with little pots and bowls with each item in or sectioned plates.
Yes, I think just about every parent goes through at least some of these things and it doesn't only apply to little kids either. It's funny to look back at some of those phases now but I remember they certainly were NOT funny at the time!
We went through a 'Tray Dinners' phase - sort of personalised, self-chosen picnics but with weird combinations of food. Whatever works!
I also invested in a ridiculous amount of ramekins which were used for anything from peanut butter or honey, to baked beans or 'squirty' cream. We still made family meals about half of the time, the rest of the time I just let her take the trays up to her room and hoped for the best I'm afraid. (That makes me sound nice and calm, or very laid back, but I can admit now that there were more than a few screaming matches in our house over the years unfortunately.)
Some of the family meals were 'buffet-style' too, which helped. I gradually learned to keep an eye on what she chose but not to comment or make a big deal about her choices - even if they were just enough to feed a sparrow at times.
All in all, I have no idea what worked and what didn't because we tried so many things over the years. I guess the main change was probably that I 'backed-off' but I think that was more from exhaustion than anything else!