You’ve realised enough is enough
You need help…..
To GET CLEAR on how to support your child to eat. To EXPAND the food your child is eating. To ENJOY mealtimes with your family again sharing the SAME MEAL which you have lovingly cooked (because we all know that ‘short order’ cooking is totally exhausting and painful).
You dream of:
WATCHING your child openly try new vegetables- but you’re overwhelmed with what to do- which advice to take- and what to do next.
GETTING UNSTUCK with how to feed your child vegetables (green vegetables especially!). You’re struggling to find the right advice- that works. You’re panicking because nothing seems to help.
SITTING DOWN to a peaceful family meal, where everyone is enjoying the one meal (a far cry from the restaurant you are currently running!). But how?
One thing’s for sure:
You want and need to ‘unpick’ your picky eater, right now. You know it’s time to get support.
Hand’s up if you can relate to…
◊ Feeling paralysed over how to get your child to try new food
◊ Getting sucked into cooking multiple meals for the family
◊ Feeling stuck and frustrated about where to seek support
◊ Finding it impossible to believe you can change what your child eats.
You’re not alone. Let’s change that.
♦ Over 8 years working in Occupational Therapy in renowned children’s Hospitals around Australia
♦ Supporting many parents in coaching programs to feed their picky eater
♦ Establishing a popular go-to blog for children’s health and nutrition and recipes for children
♦ Writing a successful E-book, ‘Abracadabra! Feed My Fussy Eater!’ which provides tips + recipes for picky eaters
I’ve learned a thing or two about what works and what doesn’t, and I can’t wait to share what I know with YOU (because you totally deserve it).
Nothing gives me more joy than seeing children who have been fraught with misery over trying new foods, start exploring a wider variety of food. Because I know that every child has this incredible desire to eat and enjoy eating.
AS SEEN IN:
How this program came about.
Every week, a raft of questions related to picky eating would land in my inbox- Is it normal for my baby/ toddler/ child to refuse trying new foods? My child keeps pushing away food- help. What do I do next? Should I be hiding vegetables in their food? Why does my child eat only one colour of food? Should I be bribing and coaxing? (and pretty much everything in between).
I have seen that confusion. ALOT. I know it very very well. I have seen far too many parents get overwhelmed and stuck. Which starts to feed into guilt, shame and anxiety. Battles erupt. Parents get desperate. Kids get more stubborn. Dinner becomes a nightmare for all (siblings and your husband included!). And this is precisely why I started this program and am offering you a FREE taste.
Here’s the lowdown: This program is absolutely FREE and is a mini version of what will soon be A COMPREHENSIVE, PAID program.
Kicking off on Sunday 1st March, until Tuesday 31st March, the content you need to read to join this challenge is listed below.
There are 4 phases to this program which we will cover, step by step below to make the whole process be calm and smooth and to make sure your feel completely and utterly supported.
On top of all of this actionable content you’ll also get:
♦ Free weekly Q & A time with me via facebook (I will be on facebook each day ready to answer your questions! NOTE: please post via the public wall so other people can see your answers and I’m going to let you in on a little secret- this is where a lot of the magic is at.
♦ Free email support for the 31 days of the program
♦ 20% off my 3 month coaching program, redeemable when you start, right up until the end of the program (offer valid until the 31st March)
The next steps:
♦ Head over to instagram and make sure we are friends (so we can connect even further during the program). You can find me @practiseglow
♦ Come and say hello on the Practise Glow facebook page.
Sound good mummas? Let me walk you through it.
Together, we are going to help your children eat more vegies. Over the next 31 days the aim of the game is to have your children eating 3 new vegetables (willingly).
Here’s how you will do it:
1. You and your child will choose the 3 new vegetables to explore throughout the 31 days
2. Try the new vegetables twice per week. Even if your child is loving it, be careful (too much too soon and we could loose them). You can combine the chosen vegetables into the one recipe, or try all 3 on the one day…the choices are yours depending on your situation.
3. We are all about a gradual process here. Each week is a new phase to help with familiarity, develop awareness and to reduce anxiety.
4. Trying is acceptable and part of the process. This includes licking, nibbling, chewing and then spitting the food out, moving the food around the mouth but not swallowing. Praise all attempts.
5. Discuss a reward with your child at the end of each week, to help motivate them to progress to the next week. Continue with this each week and you might even reward them with an overall challenge completion reward. I sugegst the rewards aren’t food based, as this can inform your child that healthy food is even less desirable than the treat food- stick to a family outing, extra time staying up with the family on a weekend or a special visit to a playground etc.
Week 1: Education
This week is all about helping your child to understand the vegie before actually eating it. Spend this week introducing them to the vegetable. The focus is to:
–Show them different ways the vegetable can look and feel (e.g. sweet potato can be roasted or made into a mash). Let them feel it, squash it, rub it on their body, smash it with a fork. Let them play with their food.
– Take them shopping
– Have them around with you in the kitchen when you prepare the vegetables chosen
– Let them help you (if appropriate) in preparing the chosen vegetables.
– If your child is old enough let them colour in or draw the vegetables they have chosen.
Want more ideas about how to encourage your child to play with their food? email me email@example.com
Week 2: Peek a boo with vegetables
This week pair up the vegetables with those your child likes, semi hidden in dishes they like to eat. E.g. grated, finely chopped, pureed. You can cook muffins, add vegies to a spaghetti sauce, pancakes, porridge. Remind your child that the vegetable is there, even if they cant taste it. Be honest.
– Look at my free ‘Food rainbow’ chart and use this idea to make your own personalised reward chart for your child’s 3 chosen vegetables.
– Model good feeding behaviours, like trying the new vegetables your child has chosen too, with them. Did you know children are more likely to eat the food if you eat it with them?
– Don’t focus on your child. Keep one eye on them but don’t further make them anxious by watching them like a hawk!
– Have a time limit if things are going badly. If your child is struggling sitting through the meal will only reinforce their anxiety of meal time and the new food.
Week 3: I can see you
This week add the vegetables to dishes your child likes, making the vegetable a little more obvious. E.g. diced vegetable to a shepherds pie/ casserole/ sausage rolls, added to sushi or soup. If your child picks out the vegetable encourage them gently to try it, even if it is a lick or a nibble.
– Make sure your child is hungry come meal times. This may mean reducing the regular snack.
– Present food in manageable bites for the child (e.g. a tablespoon)
– Serve the new food with a preferred food (e.g. sweet potato chips with potato chips)
– Offer dips and sauces to help ‘mask’ flavours
– Reinforce siblings eating
– Offer water if they don’t like it they can cleanse their pallet with water
– Praise your child for trying even if they dont like it
– If they refuse to eat it reinforce that playing with their food, or trying to take a bite, a lick or a sniff will be sufficient this time.
Week 4: All out!
This week present the vegies on their own, using sauces, dips and dressing as needed.
– Use a favourite dip or sauce to encourage the child to use this to mask any anxieties/ tastes etc.
– Allow your child to serve themselves, serving them a small amount of the new food if they don’t take any themselves.
– Remind them of the rules of the game. Have the reward chart close to them so thye can remeber that trying the new food will pay off with their motivating rewrad.
– Experiment with cooking e.g if you child didnt really enjoy the vegie steamed try it mashed or roasted. You wil start to work out what your child does and does not like and this can help you to move on.
Onwards and upwards: Answer these questions:
1. What textures does my child seem to like? e.g. crunchy, soft
2. What temperatures are they drawn to? e.g. cold, warm, hot
3. Tastes? e.g. sweet, spicy, bland
4. Colours? e.g. neutral (white, brown), colourful
Trouble shooting: Q & A
Question: What kind of support will you give us.
Answer: Every day I will be on Instagram or Facebook (So please follow me on either of these before we kick off) ready to answer all questions. Also at any time you can email me firstname.lastname@example.org (please allow up to 24 hours for a reply). Otherwise all the support you need is here above.
Question: My child won’t help identify 2 vegetables. What do I do?
Answer: Choose for them, but choose wisely. What I want you to do is take note of what vegetables they are eating (even if not often and even if just a nibble).
Think of the colour and the texture (soft, hard, smooth, rough etc). Now choose a vegetable that closely matches both areas (e.g. sweet potato and pumpkin or carrots) or base your choice on colour (e.g. peas- edamame, snow peas, green beans).
My tip for these children is not to go too drastic e.g. broccoli, cauliflower.
Question: How old does my child need to be?
Answer: Any age! The earlier the better I say. The aim is to make eating vegetables fun and enjoyable, so what better time to start getting the kids enjoying vegetables than when they are little. Keep in mind though whats appropriate texture wise for your kids at all times for the little children around under 18 months.
Question: Is this time consuming
Answer: My question here before I start is how time consuming is the situation you’re currently in with your child’s picky eating? But it really depends on many things such as how diligent you are with following through and also how significant your child’s presentation is around trying new foods. If you follow these ideas in a consistent manner you should see changes and with that an ease in supporting your child- it really only gets easier as you break down some barriers. I’m sure in the long run though it will never be as time consuming as short order cooking, spoon feeding and all the emotional worry that comes with parenting picky eaters! Agree?
I cant wait to see you throughout the month of MARCH! Remember to hashtag #PGKIDSLOVEVEG so I can see your creations and your progress.