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4/1/09 8:39 A

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When my kids were little I made them try one bite of everything, didn't have to eat it if they didn't want. But that didn't work for Emily. She screamed and ran away. If we insisted on anything she simmply wouldn't eat. She clammed her mouth and that was that. She didn't care about treats. She was my first experience with a pathologically picky eater, but since no one makes a deal of it at all, big or otherwise, she doesn't seem to be going hungry.

My exhusband had a cousin who only ate mashed potatoes and olives for years. He outgrew it by late elementary school, but it was a long 10 years of having to make the same thing for him 3 times a day. He had already outgrown it when I met him, so I only heard the stories. It was family lore.

Our big worry is that if she is that willful at 6 years old, what on earth can we expect from her teen years?!

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4/1/09 8:25 A

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4/1/09 5:03 A

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FlyingTurtle, you might try "hiding" pureed veggies in her regular food, that should improve her nutrient intake. Maybe get her involved in preparing food - she could put her own toppings on pizzas - maybe bring her grocery shopping with you? These will get her interested in food and will show her the huge range of foods out there.

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3/31/09 10:45 P

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My daughter was very picky. We had the "one bite, three chews" rule. You just had to put one bite in your mouth, chew it three times ... then you decided if you wanted to finish eating it or spit it out. She took a multi vitamin every day. On days that she didn't eat supper, she didn;t get any treats. If she was hungry she could eat something healthy. She learned that she needed protein and vitamins and carbs for certain reasons. Today she is 23 and eats and eats and eats. lol

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3/31/09 10:18 P

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We made our kids try a few bites of each food. If they were 3, they had to take 3 bites, 4 bites if they were 4 and so on. They all have children of their own now and use the same technique with their children. My grandson recently announced he didn't want to turn 7 because 7 bites of broccoli was too much - lol

Once they were older, we didn't have problems getting them to eat.

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3/31/09 7:05 P

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Hi there. I have a 6 year old granddaughter who has always been finicky as an eater. Her father, my son, is a registered dietician, and he doesnt worry about it too much. Emily won't eat fruit at all. The list of NO foods is long, and ever changing. We just put food on her plate that she has eaten before, and is part of what everyone is eating, and if she wants it she'll eat it. She is very tiny, quite the contrast to her sister who is nearly 9, and who eats very well.

Steve doesn't worry. As she gets older she may decide to widen her food choices and she may not, but she'll be able to better articulate her desires, and even help with preparing them.

Be sure your daughter's doctor is aware, and you all don't concentrate on food, which is hard to do when on a weight loss program. Emily is fine and so will your daughter be.

Nell

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3/31/09 7:01 P

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Can you stick some roasted veggies under some cheese on her pizza? That's a tough one though. Make sure she's taking a vitamine each morning. There are protien shakes/drinks that maybe she'll like. Good luck!

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3/31/09 5:05 P

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Hi y'all!

My daughter is 7, and a very picky eater. Even the foods she eats have to fit pretty narrow parameters. It's not just healthy food, she will also turn down junk foods & desserts that "don't taste right."

Currently, her fruits & veggies are potatoes, bananas, and maybe cantalope. She used to eat broccoli & green beans (cooked & cooled) but stopped. Fruits, veggies & grains are the area that i would really like to improve on.

She will eat ham, plain chicken & turkey, plain beef (not ground), hot dogs, chicken nuggets, fish sticks, & tuna (must be plain & chilled). I can usually get a good amount of protein in her, but i would love to vary it away from plain.

Dairy is good - she will do milk, vanilla yogurt, lots of different cheeses.

She will eat pizza, speghetti, tomato soup, peanut butter (plain, on a spoon or crackers - she doesn't do sandwiches). But any version that "tastes funny" she will NOT eat, or she has gagged herself sick on it. She will not eat usual kid food like mac & cheese.

My husband & I both have bad memories of food battles (his father would become physically violent towards the kids to force food into their mouths; my parents would mainly yell). I don't want food to become a battleground for her. I want her to view food as [1] fuel for her body, and [2] a social, fun event of sharing (most of the time, mealtime on the weekends is the only time we all get together as a family).

What we are trying is that she gets a smiley for trying foods or finishing meals. Every seven smileys earns some stickers, Forty-two smileys gets something off the reward shelf.

I would love any suggestions, behavior tips, recipe ideas, whatever with this.


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