Wholesome Child : Wholesome Child full
step 7: rethink dairy DO... offer children new foods 10-16 times before giving up. offer one new food with one snack and/or one meal a day. offer a new food with an accepted or favourite food. use transitional foods between bites of new foods (ie piece of accepted food, or drink of accepted fluid). take notice of your child’s favourite foods and offer new foods with similar properties – may look the same, be the same colour, same texture. be a role model by enjoying a wide and varied diet yourself. ask for help if mealtimes become too stressful. If your child eats a wide range of foods – more than 30 – but loves avocado, for example, and wants to eat it daily, it won’t matter too much when they become bored and refuse it, as they have 29 other foods to choose from. However, if your child eats a limited range of foods (less than 10), losing one favoured food is a big deal, especially if it’s the only food in a particular food group. Also, kids prone to food jagging are typically obsessed with salt laden, carbohydraterich foods such as Vegemite sandwiches on white bread, potato chips or sweetened dairy products such as squeezie yoghurts or ice-cream. Most kids will go through stages where they prefer certain foods, then tire of these foods and then resume eating them again. For serious repetitive eaters, though, once their favourite DON’T... feel guilty if your child is a repetitive eater. It’s very common and things can improve. give in to your child’s demands for the same food day in and day out. offer ‘easy’ foods over and over again. forget to praise your child, even just for a small taste. insist your child finishes what's on his plate. forget to challenge yourself by stretching your own food choices. allow mealtimes to turn into battlefields. food is no longer desirable it’s unlikely they will go back to it. The most common issue I see in my practice is children who are stuck in a rut, hooked on chicken nuggets, fries, pizza or pasta. These are the same kids who demand the same brand of bread with the same amount of butter. Some children who display fussy eating behaviours have underlying medical conditions such as sensory processing disorders. However, more than 50% of the children I see simply started out as typical picky eaters. Their parents just needed the tools to avoid giving in to repeated demands for their favourite foods. Over time, if children eat the same foods daily, their food choices dwindle down so much that their diets become nutritionally lacking and can cause lethargy, poor concentration and nutritional deficiencies, which demand attention. As discussed in the fussy eating section (see page 20), children with limited diets are often low in iron, zinc and B12 and this can suppress the appetite and cause further fussiness due to lack of interest. I had one three- year-old client who would only eat five foods. This was a nutritional nightmare, and put a huge amount of pressure on her parents, as they had to prepare all her meals ahead of going anywhere or find restaurants that could cater to her limited repertoire. Identifying repetitive eating behaviours early on and using positive strategies to deal with it, is highly recommended. 243 you know? Did Intolerance to dairy affects three-quarters of the population.