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She is a self-proclaimed vegetarian. She doesn't really eat vegetables. She doesn't like rice. Or beans. Of any kind.<br><br>
So that leaves us with cereal, bread, cheese, pasta. You know. Kid food. She loves fruit. And she likes broccoli and cauliflower and baked potatoes so we do those a lot.<br><br>
Feeding her is a real PITA and I long for the day when the two of us can enjoy a salad together! When will that be? 10 years? 15 years? Ever?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">She is a self-proclaimed vegetarian. She doesn't really eat vegetables.</div>
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i'm sorry, that just really struck my funny bone <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/ROTFLMAO.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rotflmao"><br><br>
mama, i don't really have any answers for you. i wanted to see what other people had to say, too, cause my kid has eating issues as well.<br><br>
there is no rhyme or reason to what he will eat or not eat, any given day. he's 7-1/2. he does eat salad willingly (thank the gods) and will eat some vegetables, but not willingly, as in, he doesn't ever ask for them. he will<br>
usually eat them if i put them on the plate. but not always.<br><br>
now here's the weird thing about my kid: he has never, and won't, eat typical "kid" foods. mac and cheese, applesauce, none of it. which mostly i'm glad of, but sometimes it's a real pain. like at other people's houses. they will make a big batch of mac and cheese and he won't eat. fruit leather, nope. no fruit unless it's cut into little pieces and then not often. no corn on the cob. only off the cob. only things he can eat with a spoon, and then half the time he will try to eat it with his hands anyway <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"><br><br>
OTOH, he doesn't get phased by things like parsley garnish on spaghetti when we go out to eat. he's picky in weird ways. i wish it was consistent!!<br><br>
good luck, mama. i feel ya.
 

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That sounds like my 10 yo. Although she doesn't like pasta or baked potatoes. She says she'll start eating more when she gets to high school. (She's going into 5th grade this fall.) We'll see.
 

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I think if you keep offering non-kid food, and encouraging her to try it, she'll come around eventually.<br><br>
You could also try getting her involved in cooking, and talk about nutrition with her. She might be more willing to try new things if she felt like she was in control, KWIM?<br><br>
FWIW, my cousin was incredibly picky until he hit his teen years and had to get over it so he could go out for pizza with his friends without ticking everyone off. So I think you have less than 10 years to wait.<br><br>
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My 8.5 y.o. DS has just started becoming less picky in the last couple of months. He is growing a lot and I think he is finally just so hungry that he is willing to try more things- meats, fish, salad, etc. We just returned from vacation and it was SO NICE not to have him eating lunch and dinner everyday from what I call the "melted cheese" food group (mac & cheese, quesadillas, grilled cheese, etc.) Now if only my 4.5 y.o. would branch out ...
 

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I agree with the op who about educating her about nutrition. I know so many adults who call themselves vegetarians, but exist on processed protein food, white bread and fruit. Maybe you could give her some examples of food from each of the food groups and make a chart telling her how much of each type of food she needs to eat and then let her choose which ones to add. But as for developing more sophisticated food preferences, I can't really help you as my oldest is just 3.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">the "melted cheese" food group (mac & cheese, quesadillas, grilled cheese, etc.)</div>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">I agree with the op who about educating her about nutrition. Maybe you could give her some examples of food from each of the food groups and make a chart telling her how much of each type of food she needs to eat and then let her choose which ones to add.</div>
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We've done this. A lot. I'm pretty interested in nutrition and we talk about it often. For instance, she has never eaten fast food (OK, twice, but my sister took her to McD's<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> and she won't eat it for health and philosophical reasons. She knows what food is healthy and what isn't.<br><br>
And she also loves sweets! She asks for dessert EVERY night and we have sometimes slipped into bargaining which I HATE and never wanted to do!
 

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Does she buy the "kid food" herself? I'd say she is eating it because someone decided to buy it and serve it. If you tell her those things are no longer going to be bought for daily consumption, only once in a while, but that you will offer to make healthier vegetarian foods for the whole family, most likely she'll be annoyed for a few days or weeks but will come around and start trying more variety.<br>
Not everyone is a salad eater. I'm not big on them myself. But if she likes broccoli, cauliflower and baked potatoes she's off to a good start. And she eats fruit. It sounds like she's actually doing fine, maybe she just prefers different veggies than the rest of the family, and that's okay. Could she help you prepare meals so that she learns more about vegetarian cooking? Maybe get her a kids vegetarian cookbook from the library?<br>
As for desserts, I find it easiest to simply NOT offer them except on birthdays and special occasions. Instead, if it's the middle of the afternoon and we decide to have a snack of something that's a "treat" than so be it, but it is never expected after a meal...I think that often leads to battles over "how much" or "what" someone has to eat in order to "earn" dessert which IMO is not a healthy road to start down.
 

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i just ran a search on amazon and got this:<br><br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fs%2Fref%3Dnb_ss_gw%3Furl%3Dsearch-alias%253Daps%26field-keywords%3Dkid%2Bvegetarian%2Bcookbooks%26x%3D0%26y%3D0" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw...kbooks&x=0&y=0</a><br><br>
but we also got a friend a cookbook for his 7th birthday last year, and i'm swearing it was a moosewood cookbook for kids. oh yeah! it was one of the "salad people" cookbooks. i think there are several of those, maybe two? three? but they are fun cookbooks for kids and are veg.<br><br>
HTH!<br><br>
btw, my ds is in the same rut. i bought him "kid meals" (those awful kid cuisine that i promised myself i never would) a couple of times, i forgot why, and he clamors for them all the time. and he does eat them, but an hour later he's still hungry. at least he will eat salad after that <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"><br>
but if i let him have, say, candy, or those kid meals, that is what he clamors for.<br><br>
i have food issues myself, and big big sugar issues. i don't like the kind of candy he likes (thank the gods). my issues are chocolate and ice cream. and then cookies and cake a close second. but i will eat sweets like sugars or maple syrup right out of the container if there's nothing else around. i've been trying not to buy those kind of things, slowly, so as to try to clean up our family diet. which isn't that bad, but i'd like it to be better.<br>
i heard something recently that i am working on becoming my mantra: you crave what you eat. NOT the other way 'round! so the idea being that if fruit is what you have, and that's ALL you have, then you will end up craving *that*. so i'm trying it. this past was my first shopping trip in ages and ages that didn't include ice cream. i put the chocolate chips in my bedroom in a closet on a shelf. it doesn't stop me, but it slows me down. at least they are not right by the computer anymore <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br>
we'll see what happens. ds isn't clamoring for candy every second anymore. even though we have it in the house! and he hasn't had dessert, *or asked for it*, in two days! maybe i'm onto something? is there a "hope" smiley?
 
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