8 year old son who will not eat anything but would love fast food everyday if I got it for him. Has no medical problems. Any advice?

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Tamara - posted on 06/24/2011

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Something that may help is having him help cook, yes it takes longer to get the meal on the table but kids are more likely to eat what they repaired. just an idea.

Tamara - posted on 06/24/2011

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OOO something else i found that helps, is at meal time have light fun conversation alot of times they are sitting there eating and not really realizing they didn't like it.

Tamara - posted on 06/24/2011

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I got a few kids cookbooks and on their turn to cook I let them pull it out and decide what to make most everything is them is worded so kids can understand and alot they can do on their own.

One of my favorites is Kids in the Kitchen here is a link http://www2.gooseberrypatch.com/gooseber... I did not order it from the site it was at the market for half the price. I like to have the cookbooks for the kids so they can flip and check it out when they want. Going off topic for a sec, I feel it also teaches them to research in a book rather then the internet, I do things like that since I don't want them dependent on the internet ;)


**I am not an affiliate for Gooseberry its just a link to the book ;)

Jodi - posted on 06/24/2011

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Ah, ok, NOW I understand. There is a book called Deceptively Delicious that apparently is great for getting kids to eat healthy food without realising what is in it.

http://jessicaseinfeld.wordpress.com/jes...

If you have a look at the blog, there are also some ideas there, and ways to make kids' favourites into healthy meals and snacks.

Also, I never force my kids to empty their plates, if they are not hungry, they are not hungry. But I DO require them to try a little bit of EVERYTHING on their plate. By doing this, I have managed to get my very fussy step-son eating (and actually liking) salads, pumpkin, various green vegetables and other things. It took time, but by making it a rule at our table that we must always try everything on our plates, he developed the taste for it. I also DO allow them to have a dessert if they give it a really good go and DO try everything on their plate. If they refuse, dessert is off the menu.

Carisa - posted on 06/24/2011

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I agree iwth Teresa :). You have to not feel guilty for not giving him what he wants just to get him to eat. As long as he is healthy you should buy and serve only healthy foods. Offer a reward too. For every meal he eats completely that you prepare for him at home with healthy food, he gets a nickel. When he has earned 10 he can buy himself a candy bar. Then slowly move the reward toward something he really wants - not food, but a toy or a movie, etc. Kids respond really well to rewards. Also, remember that you are not just his mother to make him happy, God gave that child to you to nourish. Every time he tries to tell you you're mean (just speaking from experience here lol) or he doesn't love you anymore, just let him know that you love him enough to give his body the food and fuel it needs to grow and live a long, long time!

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RUTH - posted on 06/24/2011

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Jodi I just picked up her book a week ago! just need to read it & figure out a plan.Thanks to everyone, having him cook w me is v good idea, will check out recommended web sites.Trying everything on the plate is good.So now I am armed with some great advice, which will def help me from pulling out my newly grown in hair !!!! :)

Katherine - posted on 06/24/2011

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Oh wow, serious miscommunication. Every 2-3 weeks. I see. So he barely eats it. But he won't eat anything else. Got it :)

RUTH - posted on 06/24/2011

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Katherine we only do the fast food once every 2 to 3 weeks, so its not often. Thanks for your advice. Continued good health to your Mom & Aunt.

RUTH - posted on 06/24/2011

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Sorry Jodi...I get it now. Fruit is basically breakfast , & lunch. He will drink milk & water. Snacks are healthy & not too much.Dinner is an issue no chicken, no fish, red meat sometimes,prefers veg raw .No pasta, rice, potatoes. I def agree that kids develop a taste for the bad stuff.I guess I'm just looking for ideas to make foods more appealing ,of course healthy so that I know nutrtionally he is getting all he needs. I will check out allrecipes.com, I do visit that website often & will sit down with him & try & involve him too. Thanks guys.

Katherine - posted on 06/24/2011

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Ok so only 2-3 times a week. We thought everyday. And it was a joke. We do joke around here :) Sorry if it offended you.

My mother and aunt are also survivors. Anyways, we were all just trying to help.

Jodi - posted on 06/24/2011

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Ruth, it was a joke....see that :P on the end? It was a joke, so I apologise if you didn't find it funny. But you really didn't give anyone much to go by in your post. If you had said in your original post what you just stated, then your responses may have been different!!!



But I do have to ask, if he is only getting fast food once every 2-3 weeks, what is he eating the rest of the time? He can't sustain himself on nothing, and yet you say he won't eat anything. So obviously he is eating SOMETHING healthy? Or is he literally not eating anything?

RUTH - posted on 06/24/2011

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Just to clarify...........he might get fast food, once every 2-3 weeks, so its not like he gets it often> I cook v healthy nutritious food, I am an RN and breast cancer survivor, so I certainly know all about nutrition. Everything he used to eat, he will not now, ............. thats my concern.I'm sorry if I was not clear & I certainly did not appreciate the comment that fast food is all I feed him or he must have a feeding tube!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Katherine - posted on 06/24/2011

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I concur with everyone else. Healthy foods are so important.

He will eventually eat what you make him. Go to allrecipes.com and get some ideas. Jazz the meals up. But DON'T give in. Now he's healthy, but even a child's cholesterol can go up. In fact if he's been eating nothing but fast food I would have it checked.
http://www.umm.edu/careguides/000221.htm

I would also talk to his doctor about some tips to give you. Maybe he can even speak with your son.

Jodi - posted on 06/24/2011

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So if he won't eat anything except fast food, I am assuming either that is what you are giving him or he is on a feeding tube :P



I absolutely echo the advice of the others. He's not going to starve himself. Stop giving him fast food. Ban it totally and ONLY serve him healthy foods. He will get used to it. Right now you are not doing him any favours by letting him eat junk. Let him go hungry if he won't eat it.

JuLeah - posted on 06/24/2011

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The stuff is addictive, trully. The sugar, the salt, and the other chemicals ... your body gets dependent on them, as bad as it is for you ... well meth is bad for you too, but folks are hooked on that.

No more fast food - not even once.

Healthy, organic, close to the Earth options ... his body will adjust in time. But there will be a sharp learning curve as he gets use to this.

No processed foods, no dyes, no sugars ... when he is 40 what do you want his health to be?

He may not have noticable medical problems now, but he will soon. His body is being depleated of very important vits and minerals ... you was wise to see this is a problem

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Stop buying him fast food. If he has no medical/psychological issue preventing him from eating healthy foods.... only buy and serve healthy foods. He'll eat it eventually.

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