Anyone who has ever been near a toddler at feeding time knows that getting them to eat what is put in from them is not an easy task. It’s no exception in our house. We have always had luck getting her to eat fruits and vegetables (although the ones she loved yesterday might be highly offensive today), and since I couldn’t cook when we lived with the in laws, we did a lot of snacking. I’d keep the mini fridge full of fruit and veggie trays (not the most cost effective, by any means, but easy), so that when she was hungry, she had food options. I’d also usually keep some full fat cheese and some Applegate lunch meats. Clearly, not as awesome as sitting down to eat actual meals, (and we did always have something more substantial for dinner), but under the circumstances, it was the best I could do.
When we moved into our own place, I knew that getting her to eat meals (and the meals that I prepared) was going to be an adjustment. I didn’t, however, get the memo that it was going to be such an issue. In the beginning, we tried to force her to eat at least one bite of whatever I made. You would think that just one bite would be do-able, but I have never in my entire life met anyone as stubborn as this child. After a few days of this, we realized that that was not the approach that was going to get us results. If we continued down that patch, meal time was going to turn into a battle every single time, and meal time wasn’t going to be the pleasant family time that I was hoping for.
So, we changed our approach. She does need to sit at the table until everyone is done eating. That’s not negotiable, but we stopped pressuring her to eat. My husband and I do make a big deal about how good the food is while we are eating, and usually this will encourage her to eat it. If it doesn’t though, we just let it go. Maybe she’s not hungry, maybe she is just being picky, I don’t know. However, I won’t make her something different. Dinner is what I make, and that is that. We have had way more success with this method.
Do you have any tips or tricks for getting toddlers to eat? I’d love to hear what works for your family in the comments below!
While we are back in New England, we are still very much in a transitional state. We are living with family at the moment, which means that we don’t have our own kitchen. With that said, comes my confession….we have been eating like garbage. There has been more coffee than water. More fast food than real food, and far more processed junk. If I wasn’t committed to Paleo before this lapse, I would be now. I feel terrible. I am in pain from my bladder condition every single day. I am not sleeping well, but I am exhausted all of the time. This is clearly my body telling me that something needs to change. Before we went Paleo, I didn’t know that I could feel better. I didn’t know that I could ease my symptoms and enjoy life more, but now I do. The proof is there, right in front of me, and it’s time to get back on track…
Well, this hiatus has been quite a bit longer than I had anticipated. I had expected to get back to the east coast, get settled in fairly quickly, and be back to blogging in a timely fashion. That has not been the case. We haven’t settled in, most of our belongings are still packed, and, aside from the baby, we’re still living out of suitcases at the moment. I had also hoped that we’d be able to maintain some degree of healthy eating during the move. That has also not been the case. Our eating habits have not been good, and I can feel it. I’m not sleeping well, am tired all of the time, and the symptoms from my health stuff are starting to resurface. The dust is starting to settle, however, and I hope to be eating well and back blogging more regularly soon.
Thank you all for being here, and for sticking it out with me during this transition! I appreciate it so much!
When people start talking about the foods that they miss the most since going Paleo or Primal, pizza is almost always on that list. There are a ton of recipes out there for ways to make pizza crusts without grains. You can use cauliflower, eggplant, ground meat, ext, but any of those that I tried were a bit lacking, in my opinion. You needed a fork and knife to eat them, instead of just being able to pick up a slice like you would with the unhealthy stuff. Well, I finally found a pizza recipe that is delicious and offers the same kind of pizza eating experience as the other stuff. It’s from the Food Lover’s Primal Palate‘s cookbook Gather. Now, let me just say that I am huge fans of them. Their recipes were some of the first ones that I tried when we were transitioning to this lifestyle. Their first book, Make it Paleo, is probably one of the most used cookbooks I have in my kitchen. Everything is delicious, and they make it easy to understand. Anytime that I need to make something to eat for non-Paleo friends, I go to their website or books. That way, my friends never even know that they are eating “that weird Paleo diet food…” 🙂
When I first started seeing teaser pictures from Gather of foods like pizza, or chinese food, I pre-ordered the book. I have never in my life pre-ordered anything, or been so anxious to get a cookbook in my life. The first recipe that I tried was the pizza recipe. I followed their directions for the dough, and then topped it with cheese, green bell peppers, and nitrate free pepperoni. The only difference was that I used almond meal, instead of almond flour, because it’s what we had on hand. It gave it a bit grainier of a texture, but it was delicious all the same.