Wednesday, February 22, 2012

good vs. not-so-good

now, you all know that I love these boys "to the moon and back" but their eating habits are so different and the little man's diet has been driving me CRAZY lately
Allow me to explain:

on a dinner plate Jake goes straight for protein, veggies and fruit, especially veggies!  
Loves salad, edamame, broccoli, zucchini and more.  He asks for smoothies and anything healthy that my husband and I are eating.  Makes us so proud!
Always asks what's healthy and not healthy and what will give him big muscles...Ha!

and here we have little man, Justin...
he will NOT touch a fruit or vegetable and if we can talk him into tasting it, he'll gag and start shaking his entire body as if he's dying...I'm serious!  
He LOVES milk, cheese, bread, peanut butter, fish and barely any meat but does like Daddy's grilled chicken.  He's all about the processed snacks...anything that's in a box, he loves!  Yikes is right!
How am I helping to expand his diet? 
I REFUSE to make him special food.
What we have for dinner is what goes on his plate.
I am hoping that one day he'll understand the nutrition and healthy benefits of the good foods that I prepare and he'll come around???  Oh my goodness, I sure hope so!  Ha!!!


April Westerhold said...

Food and mealtime are such an issue at my house, too. I am totally with you in that what I put on the table is what's for dinner. I always TRY to make sure that there is at least one thing the kids will like so I know that they will eat something. Scott, on the other hand, is from the school of thought that if they don't like it, it is ok for them to eat something else as long as it is healthy (ie. apple, yogurt, pb).

Kanin will at least try everything that I make and also loves things that will "make him strong". Gracie refuses anything but mac-n-cheese, couscous, and french fries. Caleb is hit or miss.

It is so stressful sometimes!

Hattie said...

Justin sounds like my boys. We have a few rules we had to come up with to help them eat healthy... you have to try & take a bite of everything on your plate, I will not cook you anything special or different from what we're eating, if you don't complain & try everything you'll be able to get a small treat after dinner. These seem to help most of the time! Good Luck!!!

M.O.T.B said...

I wish I had adopted that a long time ago. My oldest has like 4 things he eats. And I make it special. Should never have started that!

Irish Italian Blessings said...

Ugh I can't imagine but I'm sure he'll figure it out. Have you tried offering him foods in Muffin Tins or a "fun" way of serving the veggies? Kaylin will eat anything I put in a muffin tin.

Unknown said...

I'm laughing right now b/c KLV is the pickiest of pickies. She is tough and we'll we do cave we are starting to get more firm, particularly at dinner time.

Mama Hen said...

Oh goodness! That is tough! My daughter is really good about what she eats, but she has been on a water strike lately. I just can't get her to drink enough water. She will drink milk all day, but water she look at. I keep sending in water to school every day and it comes right back. i know it can be frustrating. Hopefully Justin will grow out of this phase soon so you can feel less stressed about getting the proper nutrients in him. I hope you are doing great my friend!

Mama Hen

Unknown said...

My girls are like that. One asks about the origin of every food she has on her plate and its nutritional qualities. The other looks at her plate and if it is anything other than plain, buttered pasta says, "I'm not really very hungry and I have a tummy ache." UGH!
New follower from the hop! One day our children will eat well!