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Is your child a picky eater or one that has food jags? If you have no idea what I’m talking about, then your child certainly doesn’t have a food jag because any parent who has a child with food jags will know this term all too well. Here at ThingsThatWeDo.com, I want to let you all know that if you feel like you’re at your wits end because your child won’t eat anything other than his/her favourite meal, I want you to know that one day, the food jag will disappear and all of a sudden your child will be trying things you never imagined.
Now, let me preface this by saying I’m not a doctor so I don’t know for sure if your child has food jags or if my kid diagnostically had a food jag. I write a opinionated blog under the name of ThingsThatWeDo.com (and I repeat this as often as I can to avoid nasty others from merely grabbing my content to place elsewhere) and all I can tell you is that around the time my daughter was a toddler, she went from a kid that liked most foods to one that liked very few. She’s always loved her carbs (and still does) but next thing you know, she’s turning down foods she’s had since she was a baby.
How quickly does the memory fade because I just tried to recall the list of foods that she wouldn’t eat back then and I can’t because now she eats almost everything under the sun. All I remember is that as parents, we felt frustrated and worried that she wouldn’t be getting all the nutrients that she needed to grow. She also stopped eating lunch at daycare, how’s that for nerve wracking? Luckily, she would polish off snack at daycare because there was always a plain carb like crackers or breadsticks that she’d eat. The staff were never worried because she wasn’t exactly a tiny kid and always had a healthy and substantial dinner despite not wanting to eating many things.
So, as parents, we tried to keep our heads afloat and not get too depressed by remembering that she was eating healthy even if it her meals weren’t as varied as we’d like them to be. We kept pairing the new foods (or the foods she’d dropped off her ‘I like’ list) to the familiar foods and hoped one day she’d go back to them.
My daughter went through phases. I remember asking her why she didn’t eat at daycare on a day that they served rice because we eat rice at home. Her answer, “it smells bland.” Yep, that’s what she said so what can I say? There was a time she’d polish off an entire pint of blueberries and to this day, she still doesn’t like them! Once upon a time, she couldn’t stand strawberries and now she devours them. What can I say?
Fast forward and she’s now 5 years old and willing to have at least one bite of new foods before making a decision on whether she wants to continue eating it or not. Some of her answers when trying new foods:
“I love it! I want more!”
“Yum…I’m going to eat all of it!”
“I like it but I don’t to eat it right now.”
“Ugh! I don’t like that at all!” (and lunges for her milk to wash the flavour away)
The long and short of it is, if you have a child with food jags or is just going through a phase of wanting only to eat certain foods, at least you now know that there can be a light at the other end of that food tunnel.
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