A few weeks ago a mom emailed me to tell me about her food rut with her kids and my first thought was me too!⠀⠀
Me too as my youngest just turned 4 and she thinks it’s fun to not agree on anything her sister wants to eat for the last several months! She skips breakfast and loves to see what I think of the whole thing (I try to play it cool). The youngest loves to tell me in her less than lovely ways that she doesn’t like anything green or just about anything I put in front of her, but she eats green all the freaking time. The oldest is always complaining when she hears the answer to “what is for dinner?” after I spent so much time and energy cooking for her. ⠀
So I stepped back and took inventory of the wins. In spite of what seemed like our youngest’s bird like eating tendencies and ability to win any food battle…her weight and height at her 4 year old appointment exceeded our expectations. I’m now surrendering to her knowing what she needs to thrive. I realized how many good things were getting into their bodies and forgot about the good things that weren’t. I started ignoring the uneaten dinners from time-to-time and celebrated the almost empty lunch boxes that come home most days.⠀
From there I started thinking about the smallest changes each week that might make me feel like I’m winning at this. For example, I stopped buying the granola bars that were distracting the kids from eating anything else. I started asking the kids to suggest one dinner idea each week, which mostly eliminated their complaining about my dinner choices. I stopped showing interest in whether the youngest ate. I started making sure they actually took their daily vitamins everyday, as this small step made me feel better about it all! I started remembering the simple nutrient dense foods that can go a long way. Sliced avocado on the side of just about any meal is well received…so I brought it back in the daily rotation. I made a a few of the healthy, easy recipes I know they always love and most of the time they loved them.⠀
Are you in a rut? Can you find anything to celebrate? Can you find one small place to start or make a change?