Preparing for isolation: Tip #8

How am I going to feed my fussy eater whilst we’re in self-isolation and we’ve got limited food?

I’m not going to lie, it’s likely that it’s going to be hard and I don’t have a tried and tested answer to share with you.

However, what I can say with certainty is that if you stick to some basic techniques, this will stand you in good stead. The key here is consistency and perseverance. It’s not going to work instantly but if you carry on using the same approaches each mealtime, it will start to have a positive effect on their eating habits.

  1. Maintain a daily meal and snack routine so there are plenty of opportunities for your child to eat nutritious food.
  2. Introduce new and disliked foods as family-style meals – serve yourself meals instead of plating up individual meals.
  3. There will be more opportunities now to eat together and for you to role model enjoying a wide range of foods.
  4. Try and ration the amount of ‘safe’ foods that you’re offering each time so that they last longer.
  5. Take the time to explore foods with them more than you may have had the opportunity to do – cooking together, food based craft activities, in the play kitchen etc.
  6. Plan some meals together – challenge them to come up with a meal with the ingredients you have available.
  7. Talk to your children about the situation and that we’re all going to have to try new things whilst there isn’t a lot of choice available.

You never know, this may be the time that your child rises to the occasion and surprises you!

If you’re at your wits end feeding your fussy eater, take a look at my four-week interactive ‘How to feed your fussy eater’ online programme, running termly.

“Having a picky eater, I found this workshop very useful.

I will definitely be putting into practice what I learned. I feel like there is now a light at the end of the tunnel.

It was very good value for money, I am pleased to have attended it and would recommend it to others.Anon

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