Recently, I did a blog post on encouraging healthy eating amongst children. The post started out innocently enough – a mother posting on why she thought offering a healthy and varied diet to children was actually a very easy thing to do. I posted this with vim and vigour and my typical love for children.
What I didn’t expect was the barrage of negative comments that quickly ensued (along with lots of supportive comments, of course).
So how did this debacle begin? Well, I posted about a child who came for a day-long playdate last week – a child I found impossible to feed, unless it involved highly-processed, trans-fat-saturated or sugar-laden food – with not a vitamin or mineral in sight. I offered him a barrage of options for lunch but without white bread, he wasn’t going anywhere with sandwich ideas (we don’t have white bread in our house and never have – no, not even the stuff hiding ‘extra fibre’).
I instead tried offering a variety of – gasp – fresh foods. Carrot sticks, cherry tomatoes, fruit, yoghurt, boiled eggs, slices of cheese (a no go because we didn’t have ‘wobbly’ cheese). “I don’t like that,” was the constant refrain.
So, I switched to canned and pre-packaged goods – baked beans? Tinned spaghetti? Soup? Ryvitas or crispbreads with a variety of delicious spreads? Tinned fruit? No go. Didn’t like any of them. Sheesh. What did this kid actually eat?