(picky eater stuff) daily lessons

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(picky eater stuff) daily lessons
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Tue, 03-31-2009 - 6:07pm

So from the "Just Take a Bite" book it was suggested to have a lesson every day for approximately 15 minutes regarding food. This should be FUN time with fun lessons. I started this week and pretty excited about it. My 7 year old understands why we're doing this ... my 4 year old thinks we're just having fun. (She copies big brother & shows some signs of SPD/SID ... just not to the extent of big brother).

So, I start out by doing 3-4 exercises to work on posture (as this book spent some time explaining how much posture can effect your feeding enjoyment & it makes sense ... plus my DS seems to have poor muscle development& horrible posture.)

We'll barely even deal with real food this first week. Just sort of a way to introduce this into our schedule & to ease any anxieties.

So yesterday they painted a "spit bucket." DS is well aware of having someplace to spit from when he was seeing an OT, but this sort of made fun & he kept singing about his spit bucket as he painted it LOL.

Today we're decorating a folder that they'll be keeping a journal in.

Tomorrow we'll be pasting pictures of food I've found into the food pyramid.

Thursday I'm going to take some blocks to represent the food pyramid (smallest as 'other' small as dairy & protein, etc.) Then I'm going to have them try to build something with the smallest blocks on the bottom. Then explain if we do not put the right amounts of food into us we're off balance & cannot grow well.

Then I'm going to spend a week or so concentrating on grains, seeing this is a food they should be eating at every meal, plus it is less scary than the rest.

I'm also keeping in mind of the "Food Chaining" book I read and trying to really scale back the foods already accepted in these lessons to try to build into new foods.

If you're interested in more in what I'm doing I'll share.

Wish me luck. I don't know how many more disappointments I can handle .... :-(

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Wed, 04-01-2009 - 11:23am
I wish you lotsa-lotsa luck!

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Wed, 04-01-2009 - 1:23pm

hi-
this sounds great, i know i have to get started with kaia on the food aversions as well as her picky eating, and giving up foods left and right. i just feel like we are dealing with so many other issues with her i don't have the energy to deal with this.

i am going to try and take this book out of the library and see if i can implement even some of the ideas. it really bothers me that we can only go out to eat if they have hamburgers on the menu, it is very limiting and it is making my younger daughter a picky eater since she copies kaia.

keep the ideas coming and keep me posted on the progress, maybe this will encourage me to start.

alison

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Wed, 04-01-2009 - 3:50pm

Ah the eating out dilemma!!! Lately we're so sick and tired of fast food that sells chicken nuggets/strips. We're tired of the fights if we want to try something that doesn't have his preferred nugget/strip. We want to sit down in a real restaurant!

Little sister is also being a picky eater. If brother comes to the table, looks at the food & says I'm not eating and walks away, my DD follows suit, even if it's food she likes.

We did finally put our foot down & insist on Spaghetti Factory, at least it is still very kid-friendly. So kid-friendly that when our waitress noticed our DS not eating she actually got him something else to eat. But the good news is, my DD came back LOVING spaghetti!! My son loved it years ago, that was until he spotted an herb & has never touched it since.

We started to run a 15-minute timer when we sit down to eat. The kids are not allowed to leave the table until the timer goes off. We are not to encourage them to eat either. Instead we're putting emphasis on dinner time being family time. Though I am hoping if they're sitting in front of the food for 15 minutes there just may be a food they may become tempted to tastes out of boredom.

I got the book from the library & just took notes on the stuff I believed I could implement. It's worth a read for sure.

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Wed, 04-01-2009 - 4:41pm

hi-
thanks so much. i just ordered this from my library, they dont have it in our town library, but another town nearby does so they will transfer it to me.

i am not sure if i will implement this yet, but at least it will give me ideas when i am ready to.

keep posting the progress, i am looking forward to hearing about it.

alison

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Thu, 04-16-2009 - 2:24pm

Sorry to jump in the conversation here, but I stumbled across this site again after being away for many years.