I was the pickiest eater when I was little. I pretty much survived on milk, cheese pizza (yes, only cheese pizza, if there was anything else on it, I would not touch it), macaroni and cheese, turkey hot dogs, and of course, any child’s favorite: junk food. Cake. Cookies. Candy. Chocolate. Brownies. Mmmm…brownies. I’m not even joking, that was my diet.
Needless to say, I did not want Hannah to be like me. Sure, I eat healthy now (The first time I told my parents I ate a stir fry with about 10 different vegetables in it, they probably almost died of shock), but that didn’t start to happen until I was 18 years old. Hannah wasn’t allowed to eat anything even remotely resembling junk food until she was about 2. You can’t really keep a 2 year old from birthday cake. They just know too much by then. And they have a nose for chocolate. Even if they see a random box, one they’ve never seen before in their life, if it’s filled with chocolate, they’ll know. And they’ll want some. I laboriously made all of her baby food. I started her on all the vegetables before any fruit so she wouldn’t get a sweet tooth.
It didn’t work. Well, it did for a while. She used to eat everything I gave her with a gusto. But then she reached toddler-hood. She learned how to say she doesn’t want something, and she doesn’t eat if she darn well doesn’t want to. She wants treats all the time. She is constantly asking for chocolate and lollipops. I can give her a plate filled with nutritious, delicious food and she will look at it, wrinkle her little nose up and declare “I don’t want any. I’m done eating.” Sigh.
I have to admit, I was wanting, expecting, and hoping for a quick fix, miracle-ish solution. Sorry, but that’s just not possible. We know it’s not, so don’t even get that into your head. On the contrary, the book equips parents for the long haul. It gives us long-term solutions to set up our children’s eating habits for life. It assured me that I’m not alone in my near daily oh-my-gosh-my-child-won’t-eat-is-she-going-to-be-malnourished worries, and my oh-my-gosh-why-won’t-you-just-take-one-darn-little-bite-before-declaring-my-worked-so-hard-on-it-so-you-would-eat-it-meal-unworthy-of-your-existance frustration and crankiness. It equipped me with the knowledge I need to not turn eating into a battle, a trauma for my child, or for me. It calmed my constant frustration about her eating habits (or lack there of). The No-Cry Picky Eater Solution is a book that every parent of a toddler needs. Unless you are one of those really lucky ones whose child is like a wonderful vacuum and will eat anything that you throw at her.
It is a great book, but it is a bit repetitive. Have a read, equip yourself with knowledge, and know that you’re in it for the long haul. in the mean time, why not try some of this. I mix it in with Hannah’s juice in the morning, so at least I know she is getting some nutrients (note, I was not compensated, given free samples, or anything for this product, I just like it).