"He only eats chicken nuggets and won't drink water, only koolaid."
"She hasn't ever had spinach, but I know she won't like it."
Will it be worth it? You betcha.
My daughter loved cereal. At one point in her short life, it was all she wanted to eat. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner....she would want cereal. Or apples. And I will admit, there were too many days that I gave in. But I also noticed that those were the days that she would throw more tantrums. And it also bothered me that when I offered chicken for lunch, she'd want cereal instead. I had a little sugar/carb addict on my hands.
So I started out slowly. Gluten free cereal, but much less. And I constantly offered her new foods. And I educated her on nutrition. I let her know that her cereal would not make her feel good - but if she really wanted it, she could have some.
Fast forward to today. Marilyn has been eating paleo for a couple years now. Has her diet slipped? Well sure. Sometimes she goes to Grammie's house and has s'mores without the crackers. Marshmallow between two bars of chocolate. Does she get hyper? Yes. Is she rotton the next day? Yes. Does she understand how food makes her feel? YES.
We have a food routine these days. Breakfast has to be one protein (from an animal) and can be a naturally sweetened grain free waffle, muffin, roll, pancake...whatever. Snack is usually fruit. Lunch is meat and veggie. Snack is nuts and/or fruit. Dinner is meat and veggie. This is how it always is, and she'll ask for other stuff, but she knows I won't give in. On the weekends, she might get something off plan...like some gluten free crackers, or ice cream made from frozen bananas. Every now then, she gets real ice cream, with sprinkles.
|Grain free treat! YUMMY!|
But none of this could be possible without giving her a chance to eat healthy. And every week I still try to introduce her to new foods. So far, the only veggies she will submit to are broccoli, spinach, and cherry tomatoes. I still have her try new ones - but she hasn't been too keen on new flavors. And that is okay - she understand that even if she gets bored...she still has to eat at least one green serving of veggies twice a day.
Once you cut out the refined sugars and carbs - kids tend to open up more to other foods. Fruit tastes sweeter. Nuts aren't so bland. Veggies can get exciting. They crave meat. Their bodies start to tell them what it truly wants, and they start to listen. It can be a rough couple months...won't lie there. But it is WORTH IT. Please don't give up!