You may have noticed that I got married and inherited beautiful step-daughters (if you read my last post). The twelve year old, Chelsea, is an extremely picky eater. You know,one of those "Five C" kind of kids-cheese pizza, chicken nuggets, cheese crisp, mac-n-cheese. .....ok not quite that bad, but her diet is pretty limited.
As you know, I'm a pediatrician, writer, mother of two grown boys, runner, gardener-oh I have lots of hobbies, and now a wife and a mother. Did I mention it was cold and flu season? In fact one of the worse flu seasons in a decade? Yes, so I stay busy. Many of you may say, "Karen, why are you taking on this Chelsea Project, you have enough to do!" I'll tell you why, because it's worth it! I truly believe if we eat a little healthier, exercise, sleep well and manage our stress we can achieve wellness and avoid a myriad of medical issues. Thomas Edison predicted this years ago and it really is true. The other thing is when you love someone and yes I love my new family, part of loving them is nurturing them or nourishing them. Ask my boys and they'll tell you, I packed their lunches and made their snacks and meals not because they were unable but because I wanted them to have the best fuel they could have. Don't worry I didn't totally spoil them, they did the dishes and picked up the dog poo.
So the effort is worth it and it actually gives me great satisfaction. Now, these step-girls are not toddlers so if you have my book there is a section devoted to picky eaters. I am not about to follow the toddler advice of "You get what you get and don't throw a fit." However, I will provide healthy options and make the things they like in the healthiest fashion possible. Below is an example of how lunches and dinners are served:
I try to provide everyone with a vegetable they like as well as a fruit they like. Maybe I'm wrong, but I feel like a nice presentation and having fruit and vegetables clean and readily available and "served" to you makes things a little better.
Stay tuned for more ideas and I promise I'll put the failures in as well as the successes. Sometimes we learn more from the failures, so I'll let you benefit from my foibles (is that a word? doesn't matter it's a blog lol).