All she wants to eat are fruits and vegetables. And raw pasta. If I want her to eat anything else, I have to feed her by hand and pretend that she's a possum. Or sometimes I just tell her that she has to eat 5 more bites of the food before she can go play. I don't give her anything that she dislikes. But she just doesn't want to eat it and it's always a struggle - every...single....meal. It's worrysome and it's driving me crazy.
I've tried not saying anything, and going by the theory that she will eat what she needs when she gets hungry enough, but then she will literally go all day eating half a package of raw pasta, 5 raw turnips, some lettuce, a carrot, a bunch of basil and dill from the garden, 3 peaches, and a popsicle from my mom. Not anywhere near enough for a child to grow on, even if her belly feels full from all the fiber. And I don't even know if raw pasta is digestible. I don't feel like it's responsible to trust her to eat what her body needs. She just doesn't seem to crave foods with protein or carbohydrates.
I'm starting to feel like a bad mom by engaging in the mealtime struggles. It's obviously not good for her to be coerced to eat at every meal. But I think it is worse for her to not get any good food into her body. Any ideas?