I know that it's not good to battle over food. I understand that it probably causes more issues to fight over it... but I'm at the end of my rope with my almost 4 year old.
He has been more defiant, angry, sad, than ever lately and it seems directly linked to when he doesn't have enough protein. He only wants 'sweet' stuff. (is this normal?)
My biggest issue is breakfast. He will no longer eat eggs. they gross him out. He is super picky. I've tried all sorts of presentations-- 'shape eggs' , whole eggs, etc. I've had him help me make them, collect them from our chickens, etc.
So...he is gluten free-- I make banana almond flour pancakes (so good!)-- then he decides he doesn't like them after I've made them. I'll make him gluten free oats packed with other nutritious things... he'll pick out the fruit, or some days like it and other days not. I'll make muffins and the same thing happens.
His 16 month old brother eats twice as much as him!
I don't give him any sugar except in fruit-- and I don't want him having fruit right away in the morning because he doesn't do well with it.
I do want to relax about it. I know he'll eat when he's hungry, but I don't want to deal with the crazy meltdowns when he doesn't eat. I try to explain it to him and he is starting to get it... he's started saying "I'm grumpy when I don't have my muscle food'. I point out when he feels so good after eating protein. (The change is remarkable).
It's more like a consequence for me when he refuses to eat and then melts down. He is a super intense, needy (and wonderful!) kid.