Sometimes things happen in life to make our challenging eaters eat even less! Maybe they’ve been making great progress but suddenly stopped eating the food you’ve been working on, or maybe they’re dropping food that you rely on to give them some nutrients. Here’s why that could be happening and how to deal with it.
They’re bored of the same food everyday
This is a massive problem for those kids who struggle to try new food. They become bored of the same food every day but can’t replace it with anything else so they eat less variety. Eventually parents are stuck with a couple of fruits, vegetables and meats or dinners they can sserve up. Little Bites strategies are perfect for those kids who would love to have a sleepover and eat the same as their friends, are starting to get bored of the same food every day, or are stuck in a rut when it comes to tasting food. If your child has stopped eating certain food groups get in touch to see how Little Ites can help.
When kids are sick they go off their food. It is normal that they’ve stopped eating as much as usual but if you’re concerned they’ll get into worse eating habits, try to make sure that the food offered while they’re sick will help them get better, improve their health but will still be eaten or drunk. Relax your expectations about how much they will eat, let them eat when they are hungry but try to have those few healthy foods they will eat – whether that is that 1 vegetable, yoghurt, smoothies, a particular fruit – pureed, sliced and peeled… however they find it easiest. They aren’t feeling great so make it as easy for them as you can. Just make sure that when they’re feeling better you start up their strategies again and gently work back up to where you were.
Sometimes we’re super busy at work, we move house, we have a holiday… When there’s something that means we stop working on their diet or the child has a bit of a regression and stopped eating so much due to these changes, that is normal. I tell many people that if there’s a day when you’re stressed and rushed, take a little break to make sure that trying new food doesn’t become a negative experience. It’s got to be something your child grows to enjoy and become motivated by. We’re all about changing attitudes towards food, not force feeding so trying new food needs to be fun and relaxed.
If you need a little break while you move house or write lots of reports at work or are away on holiday that’s absolutely fine, just remember to get back to it as soon as you can because consistency is key. The more you do it, the easier and quicker it will become. Soon your child will be eating a much bigger range of food! Check out the testimonials to see what changes you can expect.
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