OK, I know it's normal for kids to not like veggies, but I think my kid is an extreme case, and his food issues are a hot-button and anger inducing problem for me. He is very limited as to what he can and will eat. We got him tested for food sensitivities a couple years ago, and it showed 26 sensitivities. Since that is such an outrageous number and he never even ate several of the foods on the list, we have it whittled down to the ones that will immediately make him sick (runny nose, cold) if he eats them. He can't have wheat, milk, bananas, or oranges. He has always been sickly when it comes to respiratory issues (pretty sure he has swollen adenoids, and he has bad hearing loss from fluid in ears) and removing those foods have helped a bit over the years. So he's restricted with regards to food choices. He seems to hate most every other food. Saying he hates vegetables would be an understatement. The only "vegetable" he will eat without complaint is french fries with ketchup. He will not eat potatoes any other way. He will occasionally eat raw broccoli with minimal fit-throwing but it is still difficult. That's it. No corn, carrots, sweet potatoes, peas, mashed potatoes, nothing. If it's a vegetable he will not touch it no matter how it's prepared. It's been like this for a very long time and is not improving. Last night I told him I wanted him to try some sweet potato fries. I was sitting in the living room and noticed he was out of my sight in the kitchen and being very quiet. I investigated and found that he was throwing away the sweet potatoes. I flipped out. I am SO SICK of this crap. Here is what happens when we try to get him to try eat the smallest portions of any veggie: He cries, screams that he hates vegetables and says that he won't eat it. We say fine, you don't get anything else, either. He gets much louder and more upset. Then he might sit at the table pushing the food around the plate, possibly taking a microscopic bite or two and constantly asking "Did I eat enough yet?" It's ridiculous. He just sits there and stares at his plate, and no amount of cajoling or creative encouragement is enough. If I bribe him with something sweet he MIGHT eat it, but that's been a bad idea, obviously. Now he asks for a treat whenever he eats his usual breakfast and dinner foods, which I don't give him. What's further annoying is that he's ALWAYS hungry. All day long, it's, "Mom, what can I have to eat?" I detest that question, since he should know by now what he can eat, because the list is so short.
We have tried every possible suggestion for getting him to eat veggies. He has always done the shopping with me, so picking them out has done nothing. Having a vegetable garden has done nothing. It doesn't matter how I prepare them or how sweet and delicious they are. He will.not.touch.it.
Also, I am at a loss for what to feed him during the day, too. Here is what he usually eats: tortilla chips, scrambled eggs, hard boiled eggs (without the yolk), GF bagels with cream cheese, apples with no skin, granola, dried fruit, popcorn with nutritional yeast, white rice, cheese, GF crackers, hamburgers with fries, GF spaghetti with meat, GF pizza, and the occasional PB&J.
Yes, I know very well how lacking his diet is. I was a traditional foods fanatic for a few years so I am very into eating healthy foods. I just don't know what to do with this kid. You name it, he won't eat it, unless it is some sort of bread product or has sugar.
How do I proceed? I can't force him to eat. For a while I just gave up. I was getting so upset over it and nothing was working. DH objected to me not giving DS any other dinner if he didn't eat vegetables first. Cooking dinner is an impossible task at my house. DH can't have anything with tomato sauce, and DS has those food sensitivities and refuses most every other food.
I don't know what to do. Help!