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Lindsay: DS#1 (06/06) DD#1 (09/07) DS#2 (10/08) DD#2 (06/09). AND A BABY DUE NOVEMBER 2013
the first thing I'd do is try to get her excited about and involved in something that focused on strength and power--not appearance. Maybe karate, or competitive swimming, or something like that. Something that requires calories and protein for performance. And, something with a coach or mentor other than me who could encourage my dd to use food for fuel and build her strength to perform well.
At home, I would follow the "make food and serve it" advice, avoiding and power struggles about food. I would, however, make an effort (without advertising it to dd) to have food on the table that she likes every meal.
She would pack chili until xmas of 2006 when she got very ill and her last meal had been chili. Took over 2 years before she would eat chili again.
Even if she used to like the recipe, KNOWING that vinegar is in there will make her second guess whether she wants to eat it or not. We signed her up for a cooking class when she was 6 so that she would be exposed to more food with a group of girls who were all going to cook/eat together. Our hope was that she would try more things. She made great food, didn't try much, but brought it home for us to eat.
but everything has pros and cons
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