“Set a daily meal schedule for your child that includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and two or three small snacks between meals. Teach your child to listen to his body cues, have something healthy to eat when he’s huungry and avoid junk food as a quick fix to hunger.”
According to the American Dietetic Association, says Pantley, children consume up to 29 teaspoons of sugar a day through their diet thanks to sugary foods, sweets etc. Pantley makes the connection between sugary junk food and a child’s pickiness when it comes to mealtimes, but she says you can’t just replace sugar with artificial sweeteners because it is not the sugar itself that contributes to fussy eating but the sweet taste.
She says artificial sweeteners are “sometimes even sweeter than natural sugar. This really isn’t the goal as it will just reinforce your child’s need for sweetness.”
As well as the author’s own expertise and experience, the book draws on the ideas of other specialists in the area and features case studies of real mums.
Full of tips and tricks, The No-Cry Picky Eater Solution helps you:
- Reduce the sugar, fat, and junk food in your child’s meals without your child noticing the change.
- Make subtle, healthy improvements in favorite recipes to boost nutrition for the whole family.
- Relax and enjoy mealtime and snack time at your home.
- Instill good eating habits that your children can take into adulthood.