7 thoughts on “Encouraging Healthy Eating Habits”

  1. My son is 5 and his relationship with food is a struggle. He would rather drink milk than eat anything and I have employed so many strategies to make actual food more appealing. He'll try anything, but only one bite :/

  2. I completely struggling with this with my two year old right now.
    He is beyond picky, when he was a baby he would eat anything ex: sweet potatoes, chicken, fruit.
    now his diet consists of grilled cheese, peanut butter toast, eggs, yogurt, chicken nuggets the odd banana & watermelon. And a few other things but it is so hard to get him to eat. I have tried to introduce things, he will try them but often spits them out. I made him lunch and he didn’t even take one bite even though it is things he likes. I hope this is s phase. I plan to try to break this habit!

  3. First time mom here, 1yr old son refuses to eat, only wants milk. It’s very frustrating, specially when the min you place the food in front of him he grabs it and throws it to the floor. I keep insisting and present him with different healthy foods, I can see he has made some progress, very slowly though. Ugh, it’s so exhausting😩

  4. I have struggled for the last 2 1/2 years with my son. He only wanted toddler formula, chicken nuggets, or yogurt. I have done these exact tips. I set out 3 meals a day and 3 snacks a day. I always put 1 thing he likes and 2 healthy things. We use to push and push him to eat. But one day I just started researching and thinking.. and a bunch of what I read said not to push them to eat, always give them 2 or 3 choices, let them know their food is ready, ask if they need anything with it, and leave them be. And the most important factor (for us anyways) is portion control. Do not put a ton of food on their plate. It overwhelmed him. I did these steps for about 3 weeks. And my son has gained a healthy amount of weight, he is open to at least trying new foods, and he is eating much better now.
    My daughter started falling into the same habit of not wanting to eat food. We did the same with her, and it worked amazing.

  5. I think the key to this whole thing really is consistency. Kids just need constant exposure to healthy foods. I remember as a kid my mom always put out a big tray of veggies with homemade ranch all the time. I remember eating the carrots and cauliflower all the time, my mom said I didn't eat it for a long time and then one day I did and started requesting it. So I think the key is really like Dana said… keep offering healthy choices no matter what. Keep that exposure up to healthy foods and variety and eventually they will start to be better eaters!

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