We are blending two families, and now I have two picky eaters, help?
August 5, 2014 7:01 AM Subscribe
7 and 6-year-old combining their efforts to hunger strike against everything I make. How do I make it stop!?
posted by MMALR to Food & Drink (114 answers total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
I'll just get all of this out of the way right up front:
I'm a bit of a biohacker, and I'm very involved with eating clean and healthy. I don't subscribe to what many doctors tell you when you're at their offices in terms of nutrition. If you have any intellectual curiosity, you'll find there are large amounts of research available pointing to how things like gluten (definitely not a fad) and vitamin deficiencies affect our bodies over time. My goal over the past few years has been to get healthy, and I'm 50 lbs. lighter and in the best shape of my life.
So, that will give you a bit of a preface to what I'm trying to do. My girlfriend and I are moving in together in the next week. Over the past couple of months, we've been subtly introducing them all to how I tend to eat. I've been trying to eat completely gluten-free (not successful all the time), but the true goal is to eat a full meal with vegetables and some kind of protein, mostly chicken.
We have three children altogether, A 7-year-old boy, 6-year-old girl, and a 2-year-old girl. Our 7 and 6 year old both immediately complain, before even seeing the food, that they won't like it, and as you can imagine -- they both immediately play off each other's fears. Unless I make hot dogs or macaroni and cheese, they don't care and won't eat what I make.
My standard response is yelling and forcing them to eat a large portion of it. This works to an extent, but it's a pain to do it. But I don't want to give in to their demands. The 6-year-old is coming from an environment where her grandmother gave her sweets all night long, whatever she wanted. In fact, she basically got whatever she wanted at all times. This move is a rude awakening for her so far. I think that's a good thing, but I don't want to be an overbearing dictator. I don't want to consistently on a nightly basis see them avoid what I make and then starve all night. I do worry a bit about malnutrition.
What can I do? I know that I could probably mold some of the menu toward things that they know. Chicken fingers can be made healthy, other things like that, but our adult palettes want something a bit more than that. Help me, Mefites!