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Hi mamas. About 3 months ago I began eating meat after being a vegetarian for 13 years. I was having health issues and have felt much better since adding meat to my diet. Unfortunately I am now concerend about DS eating habits. He used to be a wonderful eater till about the last 6 months or so. DH always ate meat but before having health issues I wanted to raise him veggie. I tried to teach him the reasons I was veggie but whenever DH ate meat he seemed very tempted to try it. He loves the forbidden fruit!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shake.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shake"> My husband was supportive in my wanting to raise him veggie so we discouraged him away from meat. Eventually we let him try it a few times and he said "mmm good" I think for shock value on my part but then didn't want to eat anymore.<br><br>
Now that I'm serving meat occasionally he won't touch it. He says "I don't like meat" but he will eat the occasional turkey dog. And get this, we were at grandmas the other day and he asked to try a prok chop she was eating! He gobbled it up happily.<br><br>
Now I can live with him not liking meat much but the problem is I can't live with making him a seperate meal from us everytime he doesn't want what wer'e eating. I usually end up offering him some type of canned soup or something that's easy to whip up but many times after making that he won't want it either and I'm exauhsted from going to all the extra trouble trying to get him to eat.<br><br>
I feel like on the nights I cook meat he's getting the short end of the stick on his meal since I can't take the time to cook him a healthy whole meal as well.The best luck I have is when he's actively engaged in something and I just start feeding him something healthy but I feel this is a bad habit to get into.<br><br>
When he doesn't eat anything I offer he'll end up scavenging and if there's crackers or cereal (which I am not going to buy anymore for awhile) he'll end up filling up on those. Then he'll go to bed hungry and wake constantly to either nurse or to have one of us get him a bowl of cereal. I am so tired of waking up at night with him when I know if he had eaten he wouldn't be waking up.<br><br>
He still eats veggies occasioanlly but not like he used to. His pickiness only seems to be getting worse and I'm afriad he's not going to go back to eating healthy like he used to. I do my best to only have healthy foods in the house but his choices just don't seem balanced or very healthy when he asks for cereal or crackers everytime he doesn't want what we're having.<br><br>
Do alot of 3 year olds go through this who were once eating healthy and do they ever go back? Does anyone have any ideas how to get him to eat healthier without making food an issue and without myself having to go to so much trouble? Also how do I make sure he doesn't go to bed hungry without feeling like I'm spending my whole evening trying to find something he'll eat?
 

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I don't know that i can be of much help, but I can tell you what we do.<br><br>
My kids don't eat much variety. It really bothered me when dd was about 18 months old, but now I just try to go with it, trusting that they are getting what they need. I also give them an occasional vitamin.<br><br>
I keep offering different foods, and sometimes they will surprise me and try something. Luckily, they are both good with veggies and fruit. If they don't like what I've made, their other option is cereal (really only applies to dd right now). Dh doesn't get home from work until after 7 generally, so the kids are fed by then, and they usually get something different from us anyway.<br><br>
Does he like pizza? you can try to load it with veggies/meat. how about spaghetti with sauce? you can pack a lot in the sauce. Fruit smoothies? I make these sometimes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, whenever. We do a lot of chicken nuggets, too. I don't like that they are eating all the breading (I pick most of it off for ds) but I do buy organic real chicken nuggets and the occasional veggie nugget.<br><br>
My dd won't eat any meat other than the chicken nuggets. She won't even TRY anything! But she'll eat a raw spinach leaf! Go figure.<br><br>
I will be interested to see posts on this thread as well.
 
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