#5 How do I get my kid to eat this stuff?

thumb_james-in-chair_1024I advise seating your child in a high chair – or booster seat with a clip-on tray – at mealtimes. It’s hard enough to change your child’s diet, without him constantly wandering away from the table.

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…

Click to download blank veggie chart
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.

Please remember that 
no matter your dreams or obstacles, you have the power to change your child’s life. I sincerely hope our resources can help you do just that.

Angela Taylor, MS, CNS, LDN is Board-Certified in Clinical Nutrition and is the author of The BrainFood Cookbook. She successfully recovered her son from autism using the SCD/GAPS/Paleo diet. She resides in Baltimore, MD and holds three degrees from John Hopkins University. Angela is a Licensed Clinical Nutritionist and works with clients via Skype and in-person in Baltimore. www.brainfood-nutrition.com She also serves as Adjunct Faculty at Johns Hopkins University teaching Clinical Nutrition.

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