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I have been terrible when it comes to teaching DS to eat healthy food.<br><br>
I have been terrible about eating unhealthy myself, too.<br><br>
I have been an AP/GD parent since DS was born, but I have just recently started to do something about our food.<br><br>
So, I have some problems...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
DS LOVES junk. He loves candy and soda.<br>
He has never gotten thise things on a daily basis, but way to often.<br><br>
So now that I want to change our lifes, he isn`t very willing to follow my lead. (I have stopped eating meat except for chicken, I am making much more food from scratch and I am using much more whole foods and organic food.)<br><br>
Any ideas on how to get him away from junk and interested in "real" food?<br><br>
How do I take away the candy, soda and junk withut him feeling really deprived?<br><br>
How do I make his tastebuds like the taste of veggies and fruit instead of candy?<br><br>
Help!!<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">:
 

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Eek!! I don't know what I'd do if in your shoes, other than make an abrupt (and likely painful for everyone) transition. If he's been eating a lot of junk, then he'll probably be craving a lot of fat and a lot of sugar. So I'd transition him to higher fat, higher sugar WHOLE foods first (ie, homemade high(er) fat and high(er) sugar foods made from scratch). Then wean him down on the fats and sugars.<br><br>
Good luck, and good for you for deciding to make the switch!
 

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I would say cut the soda and candy straight away.<br><br>
Get maybe one six pack of a Hansen's natural soda and let your son know that's the last six sodas he's got, so he can ration them out (I don't how old he is?) When they are gone he gets ntural or organic juices diluted with water or sparkling water instead, oj, etc.<br><br>
you can't do this until you are equipped to make the change. Be sure you have all the good food in the house you're going to need to feed your family and be clear with your husband about your plans and make sure he's on board. If you want to get ds off these foods you can't eat or drink them in front of him or have them in the house. It's not fair.<br><br>
Make fresh fruit juice cicles in your freezer and use those as a healthy treat. Mango ones are delicious.<br><br>
Then, you just have to make fresh vegetables (not frozen -they do not taste as good) and put them on his plate. He will likely refuse for awhile but when he gets hungry and sees what you and your husband are eating then he will comply.<br><br>
Also make sure you make the healthy food that he can take with him if he's going to a sitter's or day care so he doesn't load up on garbage while away from home. If he's not getting the consistency it will be harder to change his diet.<br><br>
DO NOT GO TO MC DONALDS OR GIVE HIM ANY FAST FOOD.<br><br>
Even if you are doing this as a "treat" or special occassion it will undermine your intention of getting him on heatlhy food. Instead make a homemade pizza with healthy stuff on it - you canbuy a Boboli crust and put toppings on it - stuff like that.<br><br>
the only junk food my daughter has had has been some M&Ms at Christmas last year and the odd cookie. I am glad to say she finds brocolli totally delicious and baby carrots are a great treat. Give her an avocado and it's like New Year's. Good luck with your transition!
 

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i don't mean to be argumentative,<br>
but i'm not sure i would do a rationing thing or tell him you're taking things away. i just think it might be too abrupt and cause lots of issues. then again, i didn't catch how old your son is....i'm guessing if he is older than five, those types of suggestions are probably going to work better.<br>
i'm thinking if he's smaller you could transition him without pointing out that you are doing so and that might make him less resistant to trying new things.<br>
instead of saying 'these are your last sodas', i just wouldn't make a big deal about it but just don't have any in the house. if there is nothing bad for you in your house, he pretty much will have to eat healthfully, kwim? again, i guess this depends on how old he is....
 

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yeah, that's a tough one. I'm inclined to agree that if you make a big deal of it, he'll just sneak around on you. And, they can you know. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> You want to instill "lifelong" habits.<br><br>
Dunno. I guess maybe I'd start making all the junk food at home; ie. baking everything. Gradually make it healthier; ie. we eat whole wheat choc chip cookies w/little sugar. So, it's controlled junkfood. :LOL<br><br>
Maybe just say you're buying a "diff brand" of pop. Find some medical reason you're staying off coke, etc.; ie. I'm sure there's some health risk.<br><br>
good luck<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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Thank, ladies!<br><br>
A little more info:<br>
My son is only 28 months old.<br><br>
I am a single mom, so there is just the 2 of us in the house. (But he spends time with his dad several days a week, so he needs to be in on this, too.)<br><br>
We are Norwegians living in Norway, so giving us brand names on healthy stuff isn`t going to help.. LOL<br><br>
And just to make it clear. He hasn`t been eating junk all the time. Maybe McD`s once a month. Soda on saturdays. Candy on saturdays.<br>
Icecream A LOT this summer.<br>
Infact, he has been eating much more of every bad thing this summer. (See explanation below.)<br><br>
But the biggest problem is that he LOVES this stuff. He wants candy/soda/junk everytime we go to the store.<br><br>
So I want to nip this in the butt before he gets old enough to actually get a hold on junk without my knowledge..<br><br>
We have just moved back to my hometown and he has spendt a lot of time with family this summes. (All my family and his fathers family live here, and they haven`t seen DS much before this summer.)<br><br>
So whenever we have been with family everyone wants to give him something. And since all his cousins are getting, I have let him have something too.<br><br>
But I really want this to stop!<br>
(I want to give up all junk/soda/candy for both of us.)<br><br>
Keep the good ideas coming!
 

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I have an infant, so I don't know the answer to this question, but...<br><br>
can't you level with your little boy, tell him why you would like your family to eat differently? Then you can do it all together.<br><br>
I sympathize. My neighbor's children refused to eat any real food for years. When they were 8 year olds, she got them into a vegetable-eating contest! It didn't make them into health-food freaks, but it did help them slightly broaden their repetoire.
 

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Yeah, you are right. I have to talk to him.<br>
Tell him (on a level he understands) that eating candy/junk isn`t good for us.<br><br>
But I would love some good ideas for great healthy food he CAN eat. Stuff kids like, even though it is healthy! LOL<br><br>
What do YOU ladies give your children?
 

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tamara, once a week really doesn't sound that bad to me. i do prepare healthy meals for my family, but the occasional treat isn't gonna do us in. we frequently indulge in a little ice cream and chocolate, but it's small portions and after we eat our meals. this is dh and me i'm talking about, dd does like chocolate and cookies, but doesn't have much of a sweet tooth for other stuff.<br><br>
i second the idea of baking with him. my dd (2.5) loves to cook with me. she pours in the flour and liquid and stirs it all around. i'm not of the opinion that all sugar is evil although i know some people do feel a lot stronger about it than i do. luckily i'm blessed with a dd who doesn't have my strong sweet tooth. she's much more likely to go for something salty like chips or fries.<br><br>
if i were in your shoes with a sweets loving kid, or for that matter my fry loving kid, i'd definitely talk to him about how some foods are good fuel for our bodies and help us to run fast and climb high and make us feel good and how some foods might taste good in our mouths, but they really don't make us feel good or help us to grow strong. help him to be aware of his body and the messages his body is sending him. if you see him getting a little wild and crazy after too much sugar let him know you think it might be the soda he drank or whatever.<br><br>
then i'd try to enlist him in making some goodies at home like homemade cookies with a banana in place of part of the sugar and fat and whole wheat flour instead of all white flour, his own "soda" made with plain bubbly water and a little juice. he can mix in whatever flavors he likes -- grape and orange and cranberry, etc. to keep him from putting too much juice, if you're worried about that, remind him that the bubbles are in the water part. personally, i don't think ice cream or frozen yogurt is that bad, but the frozen juice popsicles are a good idea. i think i've read a recipe or idea about using frozen bananas as cool treat, too -- not sure what all would be involved in that. smoothies are great and can be ice-cream like. very easy to make with a food processor or blender. take a frozen banana, frozen or fresh berries of your choice add a little yogurt/milk/soymilk/ricemilk/silkentofu -- whatever you prefer -- and just dump it all in the processor or blender and mix. if it's a little tart you can add some maple syrup or honey, but i bet he might like it just like that if you're concerned about the sugar.<br><br>
try to view this transition as a teaching moment. i try to explain to my dd why some foods are good for her and some aren't. if you encourage him to learn about how to prepare his own healthy foods and listen to his body you'll be setting him up for making good food choices throughout his life.<br><br>
good luck!
 

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Beanma: Thank you, thank you, thank you!!<br><br>
I LOVED all your suggestions!<br><br>
And you are right, once a week isn`t all that bad. (Even though it has been a little more than that this summer..)<br><br>
Its just that I would like him to be happy to get OTHER treats, not all that sugar. I want him to be happy when he gets fruit, YKWIM?<br><br>
And I would LOVE to be able to go to the store without him asking/begging for sweets everytime...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">:
 

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Although it certainly is easier to get your kids to eat healthy if they've always eaten that way, it is never to late to start. I agree with Beanma that getting your child involved in the preparation of his foods may go a long way in helping this transition. Here's a couple of ideas for fun and yummy snacks with no sugar. Also try my <a href="http://www.simplynaturalbooks.com/recip.html" target="_blank">raisin bar</a> recipe.<br><br>
Instead of Soda<br><br>
Have him pour some pure juice and sparkling water in a cup to make his own soda.<br><br>
Yogurt Shakes<br><br>
Pour 1/2 cup juice and 1/2 cup plain yogurt in a jar. Put a lid on TIGHT and let him shake it until it's mixed.<br><br>
Instead of candy, make these:<br><br>
Almond Butter Raisin Chews<br>
These treats are a great source of protein and calcium.<br><br>
1/2 cup raisins<br>
1/2 cup almond or peanut butter<br>
1/3 cup dry milk powder (soy is fine)<br>
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract<br>
1 tablespoon water<br><br>
Suggestions for rolling:<br>
Minced nuts, wheat germ, flaked coconut, or sesame seeds<br><br>
Place raisins in food processor. Pulse until they are coarsely chopped and start sticking together. Add remaining ingredients, and process until smooth. Pour your choice of rolling ingredient into a shallow dish. Scoop out teaspoons of nut butter mixture and drop into dish. Shape into balls and roll in topping until coated. Keep leftovers refrigerated.<br>
Yield: About 16<br>
Note: If you don’t have a food processor, chop raisins by hand, and mix all ingredients in a bowl with your hands.<br><br>
Cream Cheese Bon Bons<br>
These luscious treats taste like cheesecake! We like to make them with golden raisins.<br><br>
1/2 cup raisins<br>
8 ounces cream cheese (dairy or non-dairy substitute)<br>
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract<br><br>
Suggestions for rolling:<br>
Minced walnuts, wheat germ, flaked coconut, or sesame seeds<br><br>
Place raisins in food processor. Pulse until they are coarsely chopped and start sticking together. Add cream cheese and vanilla. Process until smooth.<br>
Pour your choice of rolling ingredient into a shallow dish. Scoop out teaspoons of cream cheese mixture and drop into dish. Shape into balls and roll in topping until coated. Keep balls refrigerated until ready to serve.<br>
Yield: About 18<br>
Variations:<br>
Cream Cheese-Almond Bon Bons: Substitute almond extract for vanilla.<br>
Cream Cheese-Apricot Bon Bons: Substitute dried apricots for raisins.<br><br>
This is not somthing your children can help make necessarily but they'll have fun watching it whip up and of course they'll love eating it.<br><br>
Better Than Ice Cream<br><br>
1 cup frozen sliced bananas<br>
1 cup frozen strawberries or sliced peaches<br>
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract<br>
1/4 to 1/2 cup milk (dairy or non-dairy)<br><br>
In a food processor, pulse fruit until coarsely chopped. Add milk a little at a time through top of processor, and puree until creamy. Serve immediately, or freeze in individual-size containers for later.<br><br>
Yield: 4 servings<br><br>
This also makes great popsicles!
 

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glad to help. i was hoping somebody would have some good recipes for you and looks like cathe has come through once again! that frozen banana better than ice cream thing is what i was trying to think of. i must've seen cathe post it here before! yum!<br><br>
you'll do fine tamara. i think most kids like sweets, but i bet he'll like helping you make something yummy even more than buying something at the store. might learn to be excited about that banana or watermelon, too!
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
oh and check out the animal cracker thread! My 2.5 y.o. just devoured them. No sugar at all. But, in his mind they're a "treat."<br>
plus, they're fun and i think that's most of the battle-get him involved w/the creation of it all.<br><br>
"Okay, Mr. Giraffe...I eat you now!":LOL
 

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Thank you all so much!<br><br>
I will definately print this thread out and reread it when the going gets tough! LOL<br><br>
I will try ALL of those recipes, cause they all sounds so yummy!<br><br>
Thanx again!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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My DD is just over 2 years old and here's what she likes to eat. I buy mostly organic, her drink preference is water:<br><br>
buttered toast<br>
peas<br>
corn<br>
rice<br>
roasted chicken (she prefers the dark meat) right off the bone<br>
sauteed potatoes (salt/pepper/garlic powder/fresh parsley)<br>
baked potato<br>
banana<br>
frozen chocolate yogurt (they say the probiotics are ok frozen)<br>
fresh (probiotic) banana/vanilla shakes - sneak other healthy foods in the shake<br>
home made chicken nuggets (make lots & freeze)<br>
fresh bread (dipped in ranch or plain)<br>
pretzel sticks<br>
Hansen's juice box (vitimin enriched - about 1 time a week)<br>
hot tea (either green or english breakfast - whatever I have)<br>
veggie crackers<br>
pasta (any kind) with either butter & fresh parsley or a roasted veggie sauce that I'll make with all the end of week veggies<br>
penne pasta with Prego (store-bought jar) sauce & browned ground beef<br>
taco flavored ground beef<br>
grilled cheese<br>
fresh salmon simmered in Soy Vay (it's a teriyaki/soy/sesame store-bought jar marinade but she just *loves*)<br>
sauteed chicken, toss in Soy Vay & serve over rice<br>
pancakes (make lots and store or freeze)<br><br>
Sure she could be eating more veggies but my focus is less processed (although I keep some stuff in my kitchen for those brain-dead nights), more home-made and fresh foods. I need to get creative with and try sides of whole grain dishes.<br><br>
OH! Also, I've found it's not just about the food, when she sits at the table to eat she can use big-people plates/utensils/glasses-mugs and that has proven to be quite a treat for her <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> It's nice to light a candle at the dinner table.<br><br>
She will obsess on junk food if she thinks it's available, M&Ms, chips, soda & cookies. But I find it easier to just not have it in the house.
 

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I know my 28 month old dd goes nuts at the store. She sees all the d*** brightly colored packaging and candy crap and wants everything. I have found that if I say she can have one "treat" while we shop it helps. Then I pick out two natural items that are fun and rare, like cookies that we don't have at home or a fruit that she hasn't had in a long time or something and let her choose between the two. Alot of the time with her it isn't so much the junk she wants as just the options, if that makes sense?<br><br>
HTH
 

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Thank you all once again!<br><br>
Bella Babe: My Noah is born 05 19 01, too!<br><br>
And I have actually seen an improvement in his eating since I started to light a candle or two at every meal. I really try to make mealtime a peaceful, pretty and fun time for the two of us now.<br><br>
I will definately try all the great advice i have gotten in this thread!<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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