Part of my job description as Functional Nutrition Educator is to speak to clients about optimizing their kids’ diets. As you might expect, there is a lot of resistance to that. And often the biggest factor that comes up is children being picky eaters.
I am often told: my son already eats only 5 things. There is no way I can work on his diet. He would starve.
I have a surprising bit of news for you! Picky eating perpetuates picky eating, and one of the few ways out of picky eating is to diversify your diet. How? Let’s talk about it.
How do you break this vicious cycle of picky eating?
My favorite technique is a 4-7 step technique (depending on how many you need)!
- Move cold turkey to whole organic foods ONLY without any processed foods. While this is hard for some, your child’s diet may not change significantly, except the quality of ingredients is now way better. This means that we might be making a dent in the inflammatory level of the body and increasing nutrient intake.
2. Take care that white sugar (huge mineral depletor) is replaced entirely by maple syrup, raw honey, or coconut sugar.
3. Introduce basic supplements that can help the transition: Trace Minerals, B-complex and Omega 3 fatty acids, by providing some of the nutrients that enhance taste, support digestion and detoxification and reduce inflammation.
4. Start sneaking in vegetables and reducing the load of wheat and dairy.
5. Look for foods with texture. Children with sensory issues often crave crisp or chewy textures in their mouth, which is one reason they gravitate towards processed food.
6. Look for foods with a kick to help activate your kid’s senses (garlic, a little spice, ginger, nutritional yeast can all be helpful).
7. Move to a complete anti-inflammatory protocol when you are ready.
You may find that by step 4, your child is already eating a much more diverse diet.
I would LOVE to hear from you about your picky eater.
Do write in to let me know what challenges YOU face.