Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The battle of food....

Well, I would love any advice on this subject as it is becoming a daily battle in our house! It is so unique in that with 3 girls who are all eating table food and all have different appetites, tastes, etc... It just stresses me out:) Anyways, Ellie is a very normal 3 meals a day kind of girl. She will try almost anything and eats almost everything on her plate. She likes milk, but prefers water most times. She is still small.... around 31 pounds at 5, but is starting to wear 4T clothes etc....

Anna is tiny. She is a little ball of muscle. She weighs about 26 pounds at 3 1/2 and is just super petite. She mainly wears 2T, but can fit into some Mary's shorts etc...She's never been that interested in food, but has atleast liked some things. Lately, it seems like every meal is a battle and she is starting to be more picky about wanting things bland. She is at the point of not wanting certain foods to touch or no salt/pepper on it. She often tells me "I don't like food". There is not much that tempts her. She never finishes anything and might eat a 1/4 of a cookie or treat. I want her to be healthy and nutricious, but at the same time not force it. She's the kid who does not want things forced on her. The doctor has said she will eat if she is hungry. She does love milk so I know she is getting some calories, but I have to limit the milk or else she will for sure not eat. Any ideas on how to get them to try new foods or do they just grow out of the pickiness? When we eat dinner we do require her to eat 3 bites of everything? I am taking her to the doctor next week to make sure she is not losing weight.

Mary loves food and cannot get enough. She eats double what Anna eats and possibly as much as Ellie. She loves to feed herself and will try almost all new foods. I need to remember to offer her many new things so we can avoid pickiness later!

Anyways, would love to hear your thoughts on your food battles or if you have lots of successful tips that would be great!

3 comments:

Katrina said...

I have one amazing eater who eats an entire bell pepper raw as if it were an apple, and then one child who has never eaten a vegetable in his life. I let him eat food of the floor at McDonalds, pretend he is a cat, act like a monkey - anything to get that boy to eat. I am at a loss. He one day will eat me out of house and home.

The Oakes said...

Sorry I'm no help Holly. The only thing I can really say is Alaire will eat nearly anything if we put ketchup on it???

Tasha Via said...

Oh man, I hope it is just a stage and that is will pass soon. Food problems can be SO frustrating!