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Dealing With Picky Eaters…Kids And Adults

Having picky eaters in your family can put a strain on meal prep and trying to adopt healthier eating habits.  My daughter is very picky, but, luckily for me, she is picky for the right reasons (most of the time), and prefers healthier foods, but for many,  “healthy” food can sometimes get a bad reputation for having less taste which is not true. Just because something is good for you doesn’t make it our enemy. Here are a few tips that can help you overcome the battle with the picky eaters in your family. The 3 M’s:

Mix it Up – Part of being a picky eater and turning away food is having a certain set of meals that you really enjoy. A good, easy way to ease picky eaters into branching out is finding something a meal that they really enjoy and mix in something new. A new healthy choice for a side paired with a favorite meal will give the eater less stress and anxiety of trying a new food and their taste buds will not be thrown off completely.

Mix it Up

Make it Fun – Often times picky eaters are scared away from a food without even tasting it because of its look, texture, color, or smell. By incorporating shopping for the food and making the meal a fun experience, some of those fears can be erased.  My daughter enjoys shopping trips, and we use the shopping list as reading and spelling practice as well. Being hands on with a food the picky eater has hesitation about can turn a scary eating experience into a fun memory that they can build on, creating a healthy eating plan.

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Make it Fun

Motivation – When all else fails, motivation can do a lot of good. Using motivational tools such as positive rewards can help nudge someone into trying something new. This tactic can be especially helpful with children but do not hesitate to use it with adults including yourself. Find a special meal, healthy dessert, or desirable experience like a day trip somewhere as a way to encourage embracing a new food choice.

Use these 3 strategies as tools to assist in expanding the menu of a picky eater.

 

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Michelle Rutkowski

Michelle Rutkowski, is a work from home mom. She was born in New York, and grew up in Ormond Beach, Florida. She lived in Tampa for 17 years, and now lives in Daytona Beach, FL. Michelle is a mom to a very active and spunky 7-year old girl; a wife; a PTA mom; a 4-time half-marathoner; vegan; a blogger; ex-Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleader; an essential oil user/believer; a group exercise instructor; a GOTR Coach; and a virtual health & fitness coach. After working in the sales & marketing industry for close to 15 years, she has finally found her passion helping others in health, wellness and fitness, while also being able to stay home while raising her daughter. Being a WAHM (work at home mom) has given Michelle perspective on balance. She understands how hard it can be to find time to work health and fitness into your life. She encourages her clients to integrate programs into their schedule that fit their lifestyle. No two training programs are alike, neither are any 2 nutrition plans, and it is a lifestyle, not a fad. Michelle also blogs at DaytonaFitmom.com, you can find her on Facebook at facebook.com/daytonafitmom and Twitter and Instagram @Daytonafitmom.

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