Picky Eaters: The “White-Food-Only” Challenge

September 26, 2012 | By | Comments (0)

We asked you on Facebook for your biggest challenges when it comes to having a picky eater in the house. We called in Elizabeth Pantley, best-selling author of The No-Cry Picky Eater Solution to help solve your problems. Look for her answers here over the next few weeks.

French Fries

My youngest daughter is type 1 diabetic and will NOT eat anything that is good for her. I spend all day and night counting carbs and trying my best just to get her to eat something that is good for her. She loves “white” food, especially French fries! There is no reasoning with her! She also was born with Down Syndrome, so change is never a good thing in her eyes. She likes things to be the same day after day after day… I’ve tried just about everything I can think of. Her doctors are of no help… If you have any suggestions, I would LOVE to hear them. Thank you! —Kandy C.

Hi Kandy, It can be feel like an impossible goal—to change your child’s rigid eating habits. So, instead of trying to overhaul her entire diet, begin by making a few small changes, one at a time, toward a more nutritious eating goal. Pick just a few items to start with. Once these become routine, then change another. If you follow this process, you’ll find that within a year you will have improved your child’s overall diet significantly.

It’s amazingly common for children to like “white” foods—crackers, pasta, French fries. Instead of eliminating these, try incorporating them into an overall diet. One way to do that is to search for slightly healthier versions of these foods. Check the “health food” isle or a whole foods grocery store for options.

Begin adding a healthy side dish to a typical favorite meal. Stick with a few options and serve them day after day until these new things become familiar. Raw veggies, applesauce, a small bowl of mixed fruit topped with yogurt can share the plate with everyday favorites.

For more advice, visit Elizabeth’s Facebook page.