Amber - posted on 02/13/2012 ( 6 moms have responded )
Ok, so, my 1 year old son eats a TON of fruits, veggies, oatmeal, healthy foods. Granted I know I should be grateful that he eats so well, but I can't get him to eat meat. He will do so every great once in awhile, but it's just not enough.
My daughter, who is going to be 7, was the same way growing up, although she just refused to eat red meat. Now she barely eats any meat as well, but is real good on the fruits and vegetables stuff. Somehow she stopped eating egg yolks along the way too and will only eat egg whites. I tried to tell her that despite all the hullabaloo about egg whites being "healthier" they are in fact less healthy than the entire egg. It's the egg yolk that contains the protein you need to stay healthy. I'm afraid she is horribly anemic but we haven't been able to go get her tested yet, her dad thinks she is just fine.
I have no idea where my kids picked up this habit, especially my son. I do not eat vegetables of ANY kind, I absolutely love eating meat of almost any kind. My daughter learned to eat her vegetables through her dad and a pet lizard we had when she was younger. She just had to try all the things he was eating (aside from the bugs, I got in trouble with her dad for trying to offer her a meal worm LOL) But my son has nobody in his life, at least in a constant way that is heavily influential, that would make him not eat meat.
I've tried ketchup, steak sauce, soups, cheese, other sauces, different meat, etc. I'm at a loss.
My question is, how do I get my children to eat meat? Any meat whenever it is served? I had to take a nutrition class for my Culinary degree, and I was talking with my instructor, who is a professional nutritionist and dietician, etc, and even she's at a loss for how to make this happen after several things have been tried.