I was thinking today about one of our visits to the Public Health Center with my Sensational-Miss. She was about 2 years old at the time. While we were there, I was a total stress-ball! I remember freaking out because my child was not getting enough variety of fruits and veggies in her diet. This wonderful nurse listened quietly and took the time to explain something that was absolutely invaluable to me…to this day!
You must remember….at the time, we had no idea that our daughter was going to be diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder. We had no way of knowing that she struggled with food temperatures, textures, flavors and the like. We just had our beautiful, perfect baby girl that wouldn’t eat a variety of fruits or veggies. And like any Mom to your firstborn, you freak out about EVERYTHING!
This nurse passed on some wisdom that I wanted to share to those of you finding yourself in the same position today. She said to me, “Honey, variety is not a “kid concept”. Kids don’t ask for, nor necessarily WANT variety.” She then advised me to pick my child’s top 3 healthiest meals and fix them over and over for a while. Get her used to eating the good stuff, no matter if she’s eating it 7 times per week. “Veggies were veggies and better than nothing”, she said.
I was over the moon relieved!! Imagine…I wasn’t a bad Mom! This was do-able! And I felt such relief that everything was going to be ok. And you know what? She was absolutely right. Once we mastered the 3 healthy meals per week, we were able to introduce, slowly-very-slowly, other meals that were enjoyable and healthy and it got better.
So thankful for this nurse and her mother-friendly wisdom. It really changed my day and the way I look at health for my children.