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Family Eating: Dealing With the Picky Eater

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4/10/2009 2:06 PM   :  68 comments

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This is the third in a series about eating healthy as a family and the challenges that can come along with it. Click here to read the first blog entry in this series.

Growing up, mealtime was often a source of stress for my mom. She always liked to experiment with new (and sometimes very unusual) recipes. My dad's nickname was (and still is) the "human garbage disposal" because there are only a small handful of foods he wouldn't eat. He was always willing to try something new, but my sister and I were a different story. When she cooked an unfamiliar dish, we'd take one look at the plate and say "I'm not trying that." Or we'd need a detailed explanation of every ingredient before we'd let the food touch our lips. Now that I cook for a family of my own, I can see how frustrating that was for my mom.

Since cooking a different meal for each person isn't a long-term solution, what can you do to appease the picky eaters in your home? How can you create meals that the whole family will eat and enjoy? Especially with kids, it takes time and patience when introducing new foods. If they don't like sweet potatoes the first time you offer them, try again. Maybe the next time you prepare them in a slightly different way: mashed instead of sliced, or mixed with apples and cranberries instead of plain. Try not to get frustrated or force them to try it, because that can end up being a negative situation for everyone.

Also consider serving dips or sauces on the side with some foods. For instance, your teenager might be the only one in the family who doesn't like plain carrots. But if you serve them with hummus for dipping, she'll eat them. That way you're not creating multiple dishes, but just easy variations on the one dish you're serving.

A lot of times it's fear of the unknown that causes people to resist trying new foods. In my home we try to use the "just take one bite" rule. If you take a bite and decide you don't want to eat it, at least you tried. I will admit, I've also been known to sneak ingredients into my dishes. For example, my daughter would never eat a plain chicken breast because she says she doesn’t like chicken. But if I make a casserole with chicken in it, she'll gobble it up without thinking twice. So again, preparation can be the key.

How do you deal with picky eaters in your household? What kinds of strategies have been effective for you? Share your tips here!


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  • KHAINES24
    68
    Actually, I was not picky growing up, but now I am very picky, especially now that I am eating better! - 6/11/2010   8:45:50 AM
  • GERRIHAN654
    67
    I wasn't picky. My Mom was. If she didn't like it or had never tried it, it would never make it onto the grocery list. Thank God for my neighbors -- one family Puerto Rican, the other Equadorian. I learned a love of latin foods from them and incorporate that into my cooking.

    Eventually, when I stared cooking for my family, I got my Mom and Dad to enjoy some Cuban foods -- Black bean soup with white rice and marinated, roasted pork shoulder. My brother, on the other hand, was a lost cause. Burnt hamburgers and soggy fries were his favorite things. YUCK.

    I have gotten my husband who, due to a mother who was a functional cook (no seasonings other than S & P), never liked pork of any kind, to love chops, roasts, and various recipes that include pork. I just ask him to try it once.

    Never force it. If he doesn't like something I have made, I have a back-up plan. Most of the time, though, he will finish it that once. Then, it's off the menu, except when I am on my own and want it.


    - 5/18/2010   12:36:45 PM
  • SUNSET09
    66
    I saw a program on T.V. that when cool kids were placed in the school cafeteria and was shown eating the vegetables children normally would not eat, the woudl go home asking for this very thing! Some kids grow out of it, others don't. The taste of food is acquired so just continue to show and be a good example. When feeding my infant, I was told to put the dessert last on the spoon and the vegetables first. Once she tasted the "dessert" she would eat the whole thing! - 5/16/2010   7:18:12 PM
  • 65
    My sons would eat most anything, my daughter only peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Now when the grandkids come over both sons kids eat most anything and my daughters kids all want something different. So I fix dinner and figure out they will get something out of the meal or there is always peanut butter in the cupboard. - 5/14/2010   11:20:36 AM
  • 64
    I brought my boys up on the principal that you must try things at least once before you can say you don't like something and this has worked out quite well. Like other people I can sometimes slip ingredients in a dish and they wont notice but not often. Now I find myself cooking two meals at the same time one with and one without, mostly I can get to a certain point before I have to divide it up, such as stir fry, my younger son doesn't like all of the vegetables so I cook those in a seperate wok and just add them in at the end. - 3/23/2010   5:35:05 AM
  • RVCOUPLE
    63
    My problem is I like most everything and my husband is the picky one. he does not like many veggies and does not like chicken or fish. I keep celery, colored and gren peppers, and onions on hand to cut up into dishes because he does eat these. I even put these in my chili, casseroles. He only eats iceburg lettuce but I have snuck in some romaine but I have to take the lighter green and remov the vein. He also eats greenbeans, carrots, slaw, and a few others. Hide what you can and make some on the side for yourself and those who will eat them.

    LadybugRv - 3/4/2010   10:40:46 PM
  • 62
    I was a picky eater: another child stuffing meat down her pants to flush later. Wished I'd have had a dog - lol. The only food I was tempted to overtry were carbs = lotta good that did me. :P

    Since learning more about nutrition from my celiac disease diagnosis, I've gone on to try eating more meat; my latest victory is eating sardines ... though I'm not enjoying it - lol. Next food attempt: anchovies. - 1/25/2010   10:38:42 AM
  • 61
    My partner is the picky eater but he has improved so much since we began our life together with our now 5 yr old. We are a vegetarian household and past 2yrs grow & eat some of our own food. He has begun to eat a ltlle cheese if disguised in spinach pie but no mushrooms, eggplant and prefers raw fish (sushi). The munckin will try everythingng and is curious and helpful with all aspects of food- growing, preparing and eating! I am blessed! - 12/13/2009   8:26:44 PM
  • BBURGER62
    60
    I am probably the pickiest eater in my family and always have been. My mother didn't like it when I was a kid, and she still complains about it occasionally now (she is a widow now and lives with my family).

    I've never been too concerned about it with my kids since they both readily eat raw veggies and fruit. My younger son used to go to Johns Hopkins for his medical care and I always laughed at their nutrition folks. They would send out a survey to get a child's likes and dislikes, but no matter how many times I told them that as long as the carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, etc. were raw there would be no problems, they still sent them up cooked!

    One of the things that make dieting hard for us is a dislike of artificial sweetners, I have never found one that doesn't taste bad to me. 3 out of the 4 of us also dislike whole grains. Personally, they are too heavily and tend to upset my digestion as do many foods that are high in fiber (even the ones I really like).

    At dinner time I've always made sure that there was a source of protein, a starch (or two, say for example if I make white rice for my oldest and I then I will make corn for my husband and younger son, since they dislike "unflavored" rice. Then we usually have a salad or a veggie plate. It's worked for us and seems well rounded. - 10/21/2009   3:59:58 PM
  • 59
    When I was in 3rd grade, my grandfather died after having a stroke while he was having a quadruple bypass. It scared all of the adults in the family stiff. We changed our diet to cut out all the cholesterol and fat that we could and started eating a lot more fiber. I was a slightly picky eater before that, but my mom suddenly cut out things that I really liked to eat. We started eating more vegetables, fish and plain cuts of meat and rarely ate cheese. We cut out pasta and white rice and started eating brown rice and whole wheat bread. For a while we didn't keep butter in the house and used this spray stuff instead. I hated it. To this day I remember those fights over steamed broccoli and "five more bites" of whatever. I fed the meat to the dog or spit it out in my napkin and flushed it down the toilet. I was a scrawny child already and I remember visiting a friends house for a week one summer and being able to eat things like chicken nuggets and mac n cheese and pasta. It was obvious that I'd gained weight in that one week -- I was so happy to be eating things that I liked and not have to sit there after dinner staring at my plate for an hour.

    As an adult I've learned to eat all sorts of stuff, but I'm a vegetarian and I still don't like broccoli. I also went through a period when I first started cooking for myself where I'd only eat plain pasta and fruit, which were the two things I really wanted that I also thought were "safe enough" to eat. It took me a long time to get over putting cheese and butter on pasta, but when I went for one of my first adult physicals, my blood pressure and cholesterol came in too low and my doctor told me that I was horribly underweight and needed to gain. My parents converted me into someone who eats whole wheat bread, but watch it if you get some real resistance when you introduce radically different food. I'm sure my parents will live longer now that they don't eat bacon and eggs for breakfast and burgers every night, but I remember dinnertime as a fight from elementary school onwards. - 10/20/2009   10:23:13 AM
  • BALLANDCHAIN08
    58
    I don't have children yet, but my husband is a picky eater and it's so annoying. I hope my kids aren't like that. - 9/21/2009   11:26:50 AM
  • KUNSTLEROMAN
    57
    Oh, in my family everyone is picky and tastes don't match... I'm frustrated most of the time when it comes to cooking or I just take a big breath and a, cook one of the 3 that everyone eats or b, cook different kinds. Or c, I cook bearing my children in mind and not myself or DH who is really understanding and happy to eat out or order (he's the pickiest of all - wouldn't eat things he considers kiddie food- oh well)

    My older one has OA/TOF so he should be the pickiest but since he goes to nursery he eats almost anything I put in front of him as long as it's swimming in ketchup or mayo, my younger one HATES colourful food and mash/sticky or anything with rice, my dh as I said hates kiddie food and I loathe cooked vegetables with the exception of potatoes. Huh, I'm on a diet so it doesn't matter what I (don't) eat but the younger one needs to be tamed - I like the try 2 bites thing but if I offer anything he doesn't like the look of throws a tantrum, starts crying and gagging. Any ideas? (he's 2) - 8/23/2009   1:57:12 PM
  • 56
    these are great ideas. We have a general rule - you need to take at least 2 bites. Thats all - 2 bites. See if you really like it. Then you need to try it again sometime in the future. As long as their diet is relatively balanced - great! I dont make multiple meals except that i do have different options on the table. I am trying to eat low fat/low calorie and my kids are on high calorie diets - so they get extra rich sauces and cheeses and stuff like that to add to their meal. - 6/20/2009   12:10:06 PM
  • 55
    I am and always have been the picky eater in my family. Since I am the one who does almost all the cooking, I fix what I like to eat. My family, on the other hand will eat almost anything, so I fix things for them that I won't eat. - 6/20/2009   10:42:47 AM
  • 54
    I didn't allow my kids to be "picky" they had to try it. - 6/15/2009   8:20:57 AM
  • 53
    My boyfriend is incredibly picky when it comes to food. Hes the typical steak and potato's man, and rarely will eat anything else. He especially refuses to eat fruits and veggies because he hates the texture. I happen to love trying new things and adding fruits and veggies to all dishes to spice things up so you can imagine how frustrating this gets when dinner comes around. I'll try to sneak in things but he'll pick at the food to make sure that I haven't been done so. I'm at a loss and I'm worried how greatly this will affect his health. - 5/7/2009   7:55:55 PM
  • 52
    I was a pretty picky eater as a child. I was the oldest, so I don't think my parents really knew how to handle it, so I had to sit at the table until my food was ice cold, the dishes were done, and my siblings were in bed. By the time my youngest sister came along (8 years later), my parents had relaxed their rules, and allowed her to eat cereal or cook hot dogs for her when she didn't like what was being served for dinner.

    Now, I have four kids (the oldest is my biological daughter). My daughter is the picky one. She recently decided to become pescetarian (vegetarian but eats fish). However, she does occasionally stray by having a burger now and again. Generally, the other three kids (my step-children) are excellent eaters, and are willing to try almost anything new! Still, I have always used the "one bite" rule if anyone turns up their nose at a particular food. Once they have tried one bite, I thank them for "at least trying it." Many times, they are surprised to find that they like it!

    When it comes to making meals, I try to put at least 2 items on every plate that I KNOW they all like. That way, even if they don't eat the entire meal (which is not required, anyway), they have had the opportunity to try one thing they don't like, and have two things they do like. I do not have time to make separate meals for each family member. We do have "leftovers" nights, and the kids make their own meals from what they can find in the fridge and freezer. But I don't cater to each person with a different meal every night. Even my vegetarian daughter knows that I'll have a few things on the menu for her (veggies, carbs), but often she'll have to cook a protein on her own (tofu, a veggie burger, e.g.) to add to our meal. That works fine for me! - 4/15/2009   10:19:28 AM
  • 51
    Mom figured out that we would eat anything that had hard-boiled egg, cheese, or tomato sauce on top. So anything new or the good for us foods would be topped by one of these ingredients. Sure it's bribery, but whatever works. - 4/14/2009   8:15:27 PM
  • 50
    My DH is the picky eater. He will look at something and decide he doesn't like it.
    When we were growing up, we had to eat as many bites of something as we were old.
    By the time we got to our teens, we were eating a lot more peas or cooked vegetables.
    I did the same with my family and today, they will try anything at least once. - 4/14/2009   10:54:01 AM
  • NTRUEMAN
    49
    My husband is the picky eater. With our two children, we use the "just take one bite" rule as well. It is difficult because my husband is often still unwilling to try some foods, but if we are trying to get the boys to eat something new, he will "try it" so they see that we, as a family, try various foods. My boys are willing to eat salad over pizza where as my husband will not. It was much more frustrating before we had children to get my husband to try new foods. Now that we have children, he has gotten a bit better about it. We still serve his staples at almost every meal to ensure that he has something to eat. - 4/14/2009   7:56:06 AM
  • 48
    I found some recipes from “Deceptively Delicious: Simple Steps to Get Your Kids to Eat Good Food.” by Jessica Seinfeld were great recipes to hide vegetables in...however, some of them sound a little to daring to hide puree vegetables in brownies. But it has help to get the picky eaters in my house to eat some more veggies. - 4/13/2009   2:50:31 PM
  • 47
    I have been a vegetarian since I was a baby, so my parents made me eat meat until I was about 7 or 8 (I hated it and would swallow tiny bits like pills to try to get it down). My grandmother always tried to "hide" meat in my foods and I always knew it and stopped eating her food after a while.

    So, my Mom decided that she was going to make meals however she chose and if I didn't have anything to eat, I would have to figure it out. It made me independent (I learned to make peanut butter & jelly at a pretty early age) and I never expect anyone to cook special for me. I have yet to miss a meal because of it (and have not had to eat meat becausae of it) and I'm certainly not starving. And, yes, I'm still a strict vegetarian.

    I appreciated that my Mom never got frustrated with me not eating meat and she just went on with life. It taught me that the world does not revolve around my eating habits. Now, I don't make a big deal out of being a vegetarian...and neither does my family or anyone else. - 4/13/2009   1:42:08 PM
  • 46
    I have to admit that I have definate "old school" ideas on this subject. When my kids were little they always had the choice to eat what I had cooked or eat a sandwich that they could make. It did not take them long to learn that mom "dosen't run a resturant" and eat what was served. I never made them eat things they didn't like so they would have more of the foods that they did like. It seems as if the added chore of fixing their own sandwich was much more trouble for them than just eating what was cooked for them. Both of my now grown children will eat just about anything. - 4/13/2009   1:10:14 PM
  • 45
    My grand daughter used to be a great little eater until a new mum came on the scene, then it went all to pot. Now she won't eat onions or mince. So to disguise the taste I buy dried onions because they are in flakes, and mince flavour is disguised in a chilli. When done this way she eats it without a quibble. - 4/13/2009   9:48:53 AM
  • 44
    I remember my father cooking liver with onions & peppers on Sundays and I HATED (still do!) the smell/thought of liver, but I'd choke it down to get to the onions! My sister would go all day without eating because the smell alone gagged her. Today I do NOT cook liver and I TOTALLY understand how one person's pleasure is another's extreme dislike.
    I dealt with picky eaters by allowing an alternate food. For example, my daughter doesn't like pork chops so she usually has left over spaghetti or she'll make up some mac & cheese. My middle son doesn't like spaghetti so he usually had manwiches (bulk cook that, then single portion freeze) My oldest son, he'll eat anything, so he's easy.
    But, yeah - I did cater to tastes. I'm not going to force someone to "gag down" a food just because I think it's good for them. - 4/13/2009   7:32:31 AM
  • 43
    I was always the picky one. I can taste things in food that other people simply can't! That's also why I like a lot of my foods plain. I HATE seasoned veggies and fruits. I like their NATURAL flavor. They are full of flavor. But other people can't taste it.

    I never liked meat. I still don't like meat. I would choke down the couple of bites I was forced to take as a kid, but that's about it. I wish my parents had worked with me on finding easy alternatives that wouldn't be hard on them, but also would let me NOT eat meat! - 4/12/2009   12:49:40 PM
  • 42
    I could use an article on what to do if you are an adult and a picky eater. I don't know how to get *myself* to eat new foods! - 4/12/2009   12:41:32 PM
  • 41
    My husband was picky when we first met., but after me introducing him to a lot of foods, he is much better. He used to have a very bachelor-ish vegetarian diet (frozen cheese pizza, ramen noodles, peanut butter sandwiches, etc.) Thankfully, he now is willing to eat a much greater variety. He doesn't care for squash, eggplant or citrus fruits that much, but even then I can usually get him to try things if they aren't prepared the same old way.

    We both eat fish now... Most of my pickiness is seafood-related (oysters, chewy fish like cod, some sushi/sashimi that I don't care for the raw texture). In that respect, my husband eats practically everything (except shrimp) and makes ME feel like the picky one... hehe.

    If we ever have kids, they are going to be eating everything from an early age. If we have 'picky' kids, it won't be because they are indulged too much, or not introduced to new foods until they are in their teens! - 4/12/2009   10:17:15 AM
  • 40
    I am the picky eater in our house, but, have gotten much better since I joined Sparks - 4/12/2009   10:03:07 AM
  • 39
    With my five children, I used the same technique my mother did with us: if you don't want to eat what it here, then go hungry until you do. My mother never FORCED us to eat anything, either, as I didn't like cooked raisins or sweet potatoes as a child. I still don't like cooked raisins or coffee. But we did eat the other food that was there. - 4/12/2009   12:48:06 AM
  • BANDDANCER
    38
    I was the picky one in my family. And I mean VVVVEEERRRYYY picky!! which is really the main reason that I'm having so much trouble losing weight now.
    I don't really like vegetables or fruits hardly at all. I like corn (on the cob), green beans (french style only), potatoes (baked mashed or fried but only with certain things), apples (red delicious only), bananas (only the perfect shade of yellow), and oranges ( but I only like to suck the juice out of them but I don't like orange juice...weird huh?). My list of foods go on and on like that. Also, I don't like it when my foods touch!!! There really are times when I won't eat part of my mashed potatoes if there's green beans touching them! haha
    Anyway, the main things with my parents was just that they weren't persistent enough. If I tried something once and didn't like it, then they never made me try it again. So years later, in college, I'll try the same thing and like it this time so there were all those wasted years of not eating it simply because my parents never made me continue trying different foods. - 4/11/2009   10:35:14 PM
  • 37
    My sister-in-law has 6 children and used to use "no thank you bites" when the kids were little. She would tell them they had to eat 5 no thank you bites (or whatever number struck her fancy) and then she would divey up the bites and do the counting...1, 2, 1,3,3-1/2 etc. It was always done in a laughing, fun way. I always wondered how her kids learned to count properly! But they managed to (one was even a math major in college), and they have learned to at least try all kinds of foods with a good attitude. - 4/11/2009   9:37:24 PM
  • 36
    My husband is not a picky eater, he just will not try new things. I don't know which is worse . . . especially when you love to cook, and bake. - 4/11/2009   4:44:16 PM
  • 35
    My daughter has always been a picky eater. Mealtimes used to be a big nightmare. Even now, she is 15, she is fussy but better at what she will try to eat. I didn't have any secret way to deal with the problem apart from constant perseverance.

    Many times I was just tempted to let her go hungry. It felt an unnatural thing for a mother to do. But, in hindsight, I think she would have learned to eat what she was given at a much younger age. When I was growing up I wasn't allowed the luxury of being picky. I ate or went hungry...so I ate. - 4/11/2009   4:26:32 PM
  • 34
    Growing up, in my family I was the picky eater. I was the one who refused to try new foods. One of the most detrimental things was if I actually knew what was in the food, then I wouldn't eat it. I'd ask my parents to tell me what was in it and they would refuse, knowing that if I actually knew, I wouldn't touch it. They had the one bite rule, too. And once I was old enough, if I didn't like what was being served, I could make myself a sandwich. When I saw how hurt my mom or my dad was whenever I did that, though, I stopped and would actually try a couple more bites of the food before asking if I could make something else.

    There are only two things I remember being "forced" to eat. One was unsuccessful--egg salad for an egg salad sandwich. Don't know what it was, but I just did not like it. The other was relatively successful--green beans. My parents, as I was growing up, would make me eat at least my age in green beans. When I was six, they'd put six beans on my plate and tell me that I had to eat those. As I got older, they'd gradually add more beans to the point where now I can eat a full serving of (canned) green beans with little or no problem. Fresh green beans are another story...the texture bothers me and makes me gag, so I'm trying to get myself used to them using the strategy my parents used when I was growing up (work on eating a certain number, then gradually add more).

    It wasn't until college when I had a major turn around and began eating all kinds of food I wouldn't ordinarily touch. My parents were always surprised (and still are, years later) when I came home and ate all kinds of things I wouldn't have touched just months before.

    Now, I try to look at trying new foods as more of an adventure. If I don't like them, fine...but I don't want to miss out on a new food that I could possibly love and add to my list of foods to eat on a more regular basis (especially healthier options). - 4/11/2009   2:08:40 PM
  • 33
    My kids, now 30 and 35, when young loved everything I cooked - vegetarian side dishes with yogurt and rice for their meals - a few times a week, sea food and chicken dishes in addition! As they turned into teenagers however, they identified more with American culture and wanted Italian, Chinese and other ethnic foods besides Indian which my DH was not fond of! So, I cooked a lot of Indian food one night with left overs for DH, when we all ate other foods to keep peace!! The real problem would have started when I had turned into a vegetarian once again to be one even when they were teenagers but, DH took over the Apron and cooked meats with my supervision!! We have been really fortunate:) My daughters learnt to cook what they like to eat also!! - 4/11/2009   1:03:50 PM
  • 32
    I had three sons with varied tastes. They all had foods they didn't care for. One didn't like tuna casserole, the other didn't like tuna sandwiches. I don't know if this is picky eating but we all ate what we didn't care for so we could get what we did like the next time. I had special days for each guy where I would make a favored meal that we all ate even if it was something we didn't like. - 4/11/2009   1:03:25 PM
  • 31
    There only a few thing that i do not like so i guess that is why my kids are not at all picky eaters.. i gave them everything to try out when they were young.. I had people say how can you get your kid's to eat this or that.. Well i can say that were give a lot of choices in all food and they for the most part they like everything no pick eaters here thank goodness - 4/11/2009   12:54:44 PM
  • 30
    I grew up in a large farm family, and with few exceptions, none of us were picky eaters. One brother wouldn't eat morel mushrooms, but he loved to track through the woods hunting them for the rest of us to pig out on! Probably the main reason we weren't picky is that we helped with the food production from beginning to end. We helped plant and maintain the garden, plus we helped can and/or freeze the produce. We gathered the eggs and helped dress the chickens. When Mom was cooking, one of us would help with the fresh produce while another would be asked to "get some veggies". Depending on who got the veggies, we might have canned or frozen corn or green beans or peas, etc. as we each had our favorites. Mostly, we ate the same basic meals, but as my sisters and I grew to be old enough to cook, we experimented with new recipes and gradually added new favorites.

    Now, though, DH is my picky eater. I've seen him take one bite and stop eating because he "doesn't like it." Early on, I let this bother me, but now I cook for myself and, if he doesn't like it, he can fix his own meal!

    It strikes me, though, that a "picky eater" is simply someone who doesn't want to fix what we've prepared. If someone else is doing the cooking, then maybe we're the "picky eaters." - 4/11/2009   12:52:12 PM
  • RODEORHI83
    29
    I was the picky one growing up. I'm talking accusations of food racism (I would only eat light coloured foods...bread, pasta, chicken) and soft teeth and veggiephobia. My parents tried everything but eventually gave up for the most part. I lived on meals of chichen and pasta for years. It took joining the military and going on deployment to get me to expand my palate. One roll through Asia and the Middle East and I was eating fruits, veggies, and Indian, Malay, "Arabian," Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Thai, and Lebanese. Basically, for me it too Uncle Sam, but most people I have met who were the same had parents that badgered them to eat what the rest of the family ate. They turned out ok, too - 4/11/2009   11:29:11 AM
  • 28
    My family rule was that you eat the meal. If you didn't like something that was fine but if you didn't eat the meal there was no snacking until the next meal.
    My children eat a varied diet and they each have things they don't like. I serve them and they eat a smaller portion but they will eat. - 4/11/2009   11:23:09 AM
  • 27
    Although that part of my life is over with praise the Lord, I still recall my daughter being a picky eater. It seemed as though as soon as she was taken off Enfamil she wanted nothing to do with milk! Most calcium and vitamin D was consumed through cheese or some other nutrition. Even veggies and meat were difficult. I would just have to try new things out on her daily because her taste changed daily! I didn't want to force feed her because I was force fed and wound up a chubby child. It took time but I finally figured out her tastes and today she's a healthy 26 year old thankfully with good eating habits. My prayers to anyone dealing with a picky eater! - 4/11/2009   11:15:45 AM
  • 26
    I don't believe in hiding veggies - I want my kids to love them as they are, and they eat a fair amount and variety of them. I refuse to cook separate meals, but there are always 1-2 items they will eat from what's offered. Don't like the rest? Don't eat it, but don't expect anything else. And comments such as "Ewwww" and "Yuck" are strictly forbidden. "No thank you" is encouraged, as is taking 1 bite. - 4/11/2009   10:00:42 AM
  • DONHARCHC
    25
    Working on my husband. He is picky. - 4/11/2009   9:45:17 AM
  • 24
    As long as I was firing up the grill it was no big deal to throw chicken on for my daughter when the rest of us had steak. The other things that made up the meal worked for all of us. - 4/11/2009   7:47:50 AM
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    My daughter is a picky eater.. and this has been a struggle to get her to eat the right things. At this time, I would puree food and hide it in her meals.. but lately, I want her to eat the actual product not the puree. I know she likes ketcup, so I offer that as a dipping option. She even ate okra yesterday!! - 4/11/2009   7:00:45 AM
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    I live alone, so it is not a problem, but family gatherings, as few as they are, can be a huge challenge: I have hypoglycemia, my father and I both have high cholesterol, I have high blood pressure, my brother has Celiac Disease and my neice is allergic to milk products. Put it all together and it can be really hard to put a dinner together. When we find one that works, we pretty much stick with it. For anybody but my brother, we can add our own spices or dips/sauces on the side, for my neice there is soy milk or Ladtaid pills. I'm used to eating what works for me so I can look at something and know if it will work or not. So yes, it can be difficult if there are health issues, but growing up, we ate what was put on the table. If you didn't like that, you didn't eat! And I totally agree with it. This letting one child eat spaghettit for supper, while another one has chicken and potatoes and the spouse has hamburger etc., is ridiculous! If it is cooked, you are not allergic to it and it is healthy and full of flavour, that's dinner. I totally agree with my mom! - 4/11/2009   1:45:44 AM
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    Probably the pickiest eater in my family was my sister Lisa. Not only was she picky about what she would eat she was very health conscious and took vitamins that even I didn't take...like grapefruit seed extract.

    Back in the summer of 2007 my sister developed a cough that lingered and she also had pains in her back. After visiting her doctor, who sent her to a specialist, she was diagnosed with lung cancer--stage 4. Lisa never smoked. Although the doctors gave her 3 or 4 months to live...Lisa underwent chemo and lasted for about another year. She then developed double pneumonia which never went away and she perished on Nov. 1, 2008 about 14 months after her diagnosis. - 4/10/2009   11:48:24 PM
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    I too was & am a picky eater. My mom never made other food for me, in fact I had to stay at the table to finish what was on my plate even if I didn't like it. When I was older I was allowed to have a piece of bread with butter instead of what was served for supper. I have always tried all the dishes that were put on the table and made things I don't like for my hubby & kids. I never forced my kids to eat things they said they didn't like but gave them many opportunities to try them fixed different ways. - 4/10/2009   11:24:19 PM
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    I the picky eat. That why it is so hard for me at time. But I am doing better - 4/10/2009   11:05:09 PM

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