Join Date: Oct 2005
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How old is your sd and is she with you full time? My ss is not with us full time. He used to eat the standard crappy diet at his mom's-- lots of meat, soda, dairy, fat, processed foods (she bought kraft mac n cheese by the case!), fast food, although she also gave him salads and apples. We found that what worked best was for him to become interested in food. He likes to cook, so we would encourage cooking. We would make different things than he usually ate. I bought meat from a local farm and explained to him why I prefered it. I cook some vegetarian meals. Now he rags on his mom and stepdad about their food. He doesn't eat fast food or much soda, and is proud of it. It's still not ideal, but he is old enough (10) that HE decided to make the changes.
(plus I think he likes that asking for soymilk really pisses off his stepdad)
SS always had an interest in food, so that helped. But I understand where you are coming from. Sometimes I think the best you can do is to be a good example. And even if she doesn't seem interested, your nutritional information, casually mentioned, will be remembered.