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#1 of 3 Old 09-11-2009, 12:07 PM - Thread Starter
 
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My other posts has garnered many looks but no replies so I am trying again!

Anyone dealt successfully with the stage where they stop being good eaters and start to tentatively taste everything and then announce they don't look it? I never thought this would happen to us and don't know what to do! My son has viral induced asthma and has been getting sick more often lately, so I want to try to improve his nutrition and not let this go too far, though I suspect that the best thing is to not make an issue out of it and be patient....
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I basically gave up on feeding ds, around then... I did what I could when I could like grating carrots into pancakes. I did find a candy-like vitamin C so I could keep his vit C level up during cold season. I'd try harder to feed him well early in the day because he was a bear by evening. So dinner would be whatever he wanted but lunch might be something more borderline in his food preferences. I'd grind flaxseed or almonds and put them in baked goods, not that ds would even eat cookies or muffins.

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I agree with patience and not turning it into a big deal, but I know how frustrating it is to be on the mom side of that patience!

Maybe you could talk about nutrition or food groups with him, explain which foods are important for what, and then you could talk to him about making sure he gets at least one protein each day, one vegetable, one fruit, etc. He could help decide which fruit it would be . . . might start to make some slow improvements.

Eat Healthy, Feel Great by Dr Sears is a great kids book that explains what food is for!

Also, if my daughter wants a particular food that she considers a treat (desert, or just a granola bar, whatever), I often tell her she can certainly have some but I just need to see her eat a little bit of "insert food here" first. And I make it easy--a small portion of something I know she eats but hasn't had that day. For her, this works really well.

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