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Today the theme fits exactly in phase I’m going through with Bruna. She ate everything, and after 3 years began to choose what I wanted and was eliminating once and for all the vegetables. You sometimes it eats a baby tomato, but even then, only if the cherry.
The rest she cut.
And even if I try mixing a red, a pea, anything on rice and even the pasta that she loves, she doesn’t eat. If you find a little piece of blue whiting in the dish, she takes plus size maternity dress from Thesciencetutor.org.
So how do I know that almost all mothers go through it with your kids, this post has some great tips!
You know what’s the most common complaint of the mothers there at the Office? “My son doesn’t eat vegetables.” I know that many mothers here still do not have children at that stage, but as some strategies must be put into practice early, even during pregnancy and breastfeeding, bring some evidence to discuss here.
- Have a varied diet during pregnancy:
This is a hint of what we can do before even of our children were born: scientific evidence indicate that feeding the mother in pregnancy modulates the palate of the baby in the future.
The fact is that some of the molecules are there, in the aminiótico liquid, and these first experiences buds of the fetus begins development of feeding behavior that will shape throughout life. The idea is that this exposure to a component of flavor than sweet/umami (natural preferences of baby food calorie and protein guarantee for survival), a favourable environment such as the uterus, generate a positive reinforcement to enjoy the bitter and sour flavors in the future.
- keep the varied diet while breastfeeding, too:
Volatile odors of food of the mother (garlic, carrots and alcohol) also pass into breast milk and that prolonged exposure impacts on children’s preferences. In a study where mothers consumed carrot juice during the end of pregnancy and during the first two months of breastfeeding, it was observed that their babies have made more positive facial expressions when they are exposed to the carrot flavor compared to the children of the mothers who did not take the juice. There’s another important aspect of the breast milk that the formula does not meet, since it delivers the same flavor.
- Do not hit the soup of the baby:
Processed foods do not stimulate learning of chewing and food all mixed together do not favor the perception of different flavors (and that will impact on future choices). So, don’t hit the Pope in a blender. Even through the sieve. The first Popes must be served at the amassadinhas fork and consistency will evolve gradually.
- Don’t negotiate:
By the age of 3 years some children who eat very well may change the default, become selective and present what we call neofobia or afraid to try new foods. Someone here identifies himself? If so, the first tip is to relax. Make the time of meal to be pleasurable. Yes, force the child to eat what’s on the plate will only increase the aversion. Then the trick is to prepare food that the child accepts well and complement with the news or what the child is rejecting. Recuse himself once, okay, in another meal present again. Change the form of preparation, one day, another salad, another a soufflé, the other a meat filling. When the meal’s quiet, give positive reinforcement (congratulate, but never reward with gifts). If it is not legal, move on. Stimulate, lead by example, but do not do blackmail, not propose exchanges. The rule is to eat well and this is non-negotiable. With patience and persistence we exceed this stage.
5. It’s no use hiding vegetables in preparations:
To enrich the children’s meal sectionals, many mothers Cook a carrot in the bean, mask a Yam in the mashed potatoes and so ensure a greater supply of nutrients. All right. It’s a trick. But the fact is that our children need to learn how to eat things beyond your comfort zone, and more, will have to get used to it. In the long run, there’s no point hiding because does not stimulate the formation of a new habit.
6. Encourage your child to participate in the process of preparing the meal:
A visit to the market, fair or a grocery store can be a great opportunity to awaken the curiosity of children. We may ask you to pick out a few things to try and, at home, involves them in some stage of preparation, according to age group. Kids can help wash the vegetables, or wrap the leaves in the salad bowl or cut the cherry tomatoes, simple tasks, but to ensure the involvement and help break the resistance.
- List of foods:
Still thinking about the playful, it is interesting to ask children to draw the food they like. A strategy to stimulate experimentation is making a wide range of vegetables. This list can be drawn or written. Then the child would have the task of circulating or paint foods to try and enjoy it. There agreed that the amount is not important. The simple fact of experience already shows that we’re reaching the goal.
- keep the food scheme:
If your child skipped lunch well we shouldn’t offer other food to compensate. The ideal is to wait for the lunch time and move on. Tweaks out of turn will disrupt the entire schema.
- Cherish the family meals:
Sit the table, share meals with the family has been increasingly rare. The schedules don’t match, the schedules are tight, but whenever possible, we should make meals with our children. Set an example with a varied and colorful dish is the most natural way of encouraging good habits.
- Have kids who likes vegetables
Nãaaaao, you can’t be too picky, but the truth is that our palates have a component that is genetically determined. Some people even seem to have a lower tolerance for bad taste in foods such as broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts. And we know that this difference in perception of bitterness can pass from father to son on behalf of a gene called TAS2R38. Remember, that even if this predisposition, the environment is even more important than Genetics for feeding habit. Therefore, focus on the tips from above! And, if you don’t like vegetables vegetables still set a good example to your son! Everything will be OK!
Mariana Del Bosco
Alice’s mom of 1 year, operates in practice 13 years and has extensive experience with obesity and childhood obesity.
Specializes in exercise physiology UNIFESP and master of Science degree from Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de São Paulo.
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