Since we can’t eat typical “starches”, we need to eat a LOT of vegetables to get enough carbohydrate calories for a balanced diet. (Eating a diet too high in protein is hard on your kidneys.) Our strategy was to control the plate, and insist on “First peas, then steak” for example. So we would alternate bites, for the entire meal.
As a further incentive to eat the whole dinner, dessert can be set in the middle of the table, out of reach, until the dinner plate is empty. (I found even a simple apple could be
a great dessert motivator.)
But my child hates vegetables…
Our child only liked 5 vegetables, so we would serve them often: carrots, cucumbers, lettuce, peas, and green beans. Researchers have found that it takes 15-18 exposures to a new food for a child to accept it, so we would always insist that James try one small bite of “new” vegetables when they were served. (And, we would generously coat new vegetables with ghee and sea salt.)
We even kept a chart, and eventually, we added some new veggies to our repertoire.
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