The time to nurture a child’s taste buds and nutritional instincts is right now. 

I’m a “Yes Mum,” as I in believe saying yes to just about anything that is safe and good for my childs development  I don’t consider food choices such as meat, dairy, eggs, colours, flavours or preservatives safe, just as knives and roads aren’t safe for a baby…you get my point. If it’s safe and she wants it, then it’s a yes. I have absolute faith that our children’s needs and desires will be on mark so long as we nurture them to be able to know—and so long as we don’t crush them with unnecessary “No’s,” poor food choices and disconnect from nature. 

I truly believe that no matter how many years of study on nutrition I have behind me (over a decade now)—and no matter how many years of personal experience I have to go by—my child will always know better what her needs are than I will. Just as I will always know best what my needs are. 

From the moment I conceived to this day, I’ve abhorred broccoli. Should I be encouraged to eat it anyway? Even though the thought of eating it makes me gag? Why would I when there is so much other nourishing food that I’ll enjoy? Food should be enjoyed! My body doesn’t want it for a reason. I don’t need to know what that reason is; I simply need to listen and not eat it. With all the amazing healthy foods out there, why would I force myself to eat this particular one? There is no reason.

I know what’s good for me, because my body tells me—and so does a kids body. In fact, it’s likely way more attuned than ours. I’ve been parenting this way since my childs birth 5 years ago, and I’ve seen how my trust in her has sewn seeds of confidence, decision-making, relating in the world and security in me, her mother.

What if there were no such thing as a fussy eater? What if we’re fussy feeders?

Really, what if your child wants exactly what is perfect for their health? For their digestion? When they ask to eat a raw zucchini, cucumber, capsicum, three bananas and half a watermelon, what’s wrong with that?  I assure you, nothing is wrong with that.

Babies Know Best.

They know better than we do if we keep their digestive system clean. No meat, dairy, eggs, flavours, colours or preservatives, and ideally no cooked or mixed food combinations for a baby. Babies are just learning themselves. Sure, they have intuition, but they’re following your teaching, so support their knowing and be sure that what you are teaching is true and kind and healthful.

 

Change is Normal.

We all love something one week and want another thing the next. Does that mean we’re fussy? Of course not! So why does it mean a child is fussy? When my daughter was younger, every couple of months she would change what she was into eating. And by “into,” I mean she wanted lots of it and she wanted it every day. 

 

What if my child doesn’t make astoundingly good food choices?

Leave fruit and other nourishing, colourful dishes around the house at kids eye level, particularly right before any meals, right when they are at their hungriest. I make a plate of fruit before almost every meal for Ever. This way she is filling up on the healthier food first and enjoys the other when she is almost full. I know, this is the opposite of how we were raised, but this is how to best guide your children to optimum health.

Mono Meal Horror

Most parents out there encourage their children not to eat just one food per meal (a mono meal), regardless of how happy they would be eating it (i.e. a whole plate of watermelon or bowl of plain potato) and regardless of the nutritional content of that food. I think this is a huge shame. Mono meals have incredible health benefits, and kids love them! 

To read more on mono meals click> HERE. My daughter and I love sharing mono meals together. Our favourite meals are mono meals of our favourite fruit: jackfruit meal, watermelon meal, mango meal…yum! (Yep, it’s healthy for kids and adults!)

 

Summary

Starting today, consider taking a vow to never “Choo Choo Train” a spoonful of food into your child’s mouth again. If they want to eat it, they will. If they don’t want it and are actually hungry, then give them something they love to eat. No tricking them to get another mouthful in with high-speed spoon action—and no bribes! (“Eat this last mouthful and you can…” “Finish what’s on your plate and you can…”) 

No more! Promise me.

Fresh fruit, baked potato chips (oil-free) with guacamole or raw cucumber sticks—get creative…or not…this is honestly so simple you don’t even need to be creative! Let them tell you what they would love.

Have the most amazing meal, and please tell me how it went for you both.

Want to learn more about mono meals, plant-based living, and oh so much more for the entire family? I thought so! Check out my book Healthy, Sexy, Vegan Mumma. and discover your best health and sexiest body—today!

For life,

Donna

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