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Food Ideas for a 1 Year old Carb-aholic? Please! [moved from Home Cooking board]

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I didn't think it would happen....from the time our son began eating solids, he has been a happy, voracious eater. Until last week. I am ripping my hair out, trying to find a way around his carb addiction.

We consider ourselves foodies and I am Asian so a lot of variety in flavours is a goal in the food we eat.

Here's a quick list off the top of my head of what our boy has been devouring: carrots, potatos, sweet potatos, broccoli, green beans, peas, eggs in many forms, chickpeas, kidney beans, chicken, fish, ground beef, ground lamb, ground turkey, pasta, tortellini, salmon burgers, rice, mango, pears, apples, water melon, blueberries, bananas, rice noodles, curry, tofu, yogurt, cheese, bread, olives, capers, crackers,

Last week -- nothing, nada, zippo, EXCEPT bread, cheese and yogurt. He has always loved bread, but now he surveys what's in the bowl in front him, pushes it away and starts signing for bread. And horror of all horrors, he has been refusing to try anything new.

My husband swears that I've passed on my carb addiction which was funny a few days ago, but not so much anymore! I cringe at the though of having a picky eater.

Any thoughts, ideas, recipes or advice out there?

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  1. The only advice I can give you is you will live through this. Our son lived on hot dogs, cheese, and peanut butter for a year. Just keep putting the good food our there and try to get one bite down him. And limit what you aren't happy he is eating. When they get hungry they will try what is in front of them. But it will be harder on you than on him.

    good luck

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    1. re: Janet

      Hello, our one year old has been a brilliant eater since starting on solids. He has grown rapidly but doesn't have an ounce of fat on him, he is tall like his Dad. Picky eating all started a couple of weeks ago when he was teething with his bottom molars, all he wanted was milk. He then got a terrible bug from the nursery and a cough that really made him poorly. Ever since he has been fussy with his food. He will eat what the nursery give him for lunch, never refused. When it comes to my husband or I feeding him when we are at home, he isn't interested, two spoonfuls and he starts refusing. I used to be really happy at the thought of our son enjoying a wide variety of food, all I do now is worry he isn't eating enough. Our son has always slept through the night without any problems, he loves his bed. He used to sleep from 7pm until 7/7:30am, now he wakes between 5:45 and 6:15am, I know this is because he hasn't been satisfied the day before, he doesn't cry for food just wakes up playing, sometimes he goes back to sleep. He comes home from nursery and we try to give him his tea and he doesn't want it. I know it's not because he has had enough during the day as the quantity is different. I guess we will have to go with what he wants and hope he starts to enjoy a wide variety again!! The winning foods are - grapes, marmite on toast or bread, raspberries, banana, yogurts, crackers, Brioche, fruit loaf, fruit pot. We don't give him crisps or chocolate.

    2. My almost 2 year old is a fantastic eater so I am lucky. When she was around 1, my pediatrician said "don't be surprised if all of a sudden she starts to become more selective." Thankfully she didn't, but his advice was to "just leave it alone and don't fight with them. Forcing them to eat certain things will only backfire later on."

      And for whatever it's worth, my husband was forced to eat certain things as a child (tuna fish, and many vegetables). Today, he would die before he would eat tuna fish and even a piece of lettuce. I encourage him to try new things, and he does, but if I make a big deal about it, he refuses.

      1. Picky eating and going on food jags (or carb jags) can be normal for toddlers. Hang in there and keep serving your usual variety of food that he used to eat - sounds delicious by the way! You might find this useful:


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        1. re: Junie D

          Hunie D,

          Thanks for the website, it's very useful and comforting to hear from a dietician, that this too shall pass.

          And a thank you to the others who have posted as well. I will try my hardest to not lose any more sleep over this and hope that a constant variety of interesting and healthy foods will steer him back to eating more.

          And now that I think about it more closely, I refuse to eat frozen peas and corn after an entire childhood of eating them with porkchops, which I don't eat anymore either!

          The apple doesn't fall far from the tree does it?

        2. Simple fact: You CANNOT control what your kids eat. Give it up. Keep offering them good food, don't bring junk food into the house, and hope for the best. My (now 23-year-old) son was one of the screwiest eaters I've ever known. For three years, all he would eat was Cheerios, bacon, grapes, and pretzels. This is NOT an exaggeration. He lives. He also eats sushi, Indian food, pork tacos, and many other things. He still will not eat cheese or potatoes (other than fast food french fries). I fought this battle very hard and lost at every step. I don't know one parent who has "won". Let it go, and your child will figure it out. The worst thing you can do is turn food into a control issue.

          1. I always figured that my children were at least as smart as my dogs; that they wouldn't starve themselves in the face of good food. Put out good, nutritious food choices and your son will eat it. Little kids go on inexplicable "food jags". It won't hurt him nearly as much as it hurts you. Food is not the hill to die on, so be casual about meals. It all evens out.
            P.S. Today, these "children" are over six feet tall, hale & healthy and incredibly adventurous eaters.

            1. As a note of personal experience, at age two, I was diagnosed with failure to thrive because all I would eat were raisins and apple juice, and I wasn't growing or gaining weight. Most doctors will say just leave it be, but if the child becomes malnourished, doctors will give an appetite stimulant, as they did in my case... I wasn't allowed raisins or apple juice, but after that stimulant, apparently, I was ravenous and ate everything put in front of me. Just an anecdote from the other side.

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                1. Your son eats almost the exact same diet I did ... when I was a sophomore in college.

                  I grilled the bread and cheese together.

                  And I didn't eat yogurt.

                  Other than that, it's pretty much the same ...

                  (Seriously, I don't think you should worry too much about what a 1-year-old is eating unless it becomes a nutrition thing.)

                  1. Well you've done the most important thing already; decide that it is not OK for your child to eat three foods!

                    There are certain foods that it seems some children get stuck on: pizza, pretzels, macaroni and cheese, hot dogs, chicken fingers, bread, goldfish crackers...

                    My advice is not to buy any of those items.

                    As another contributor mentions, you child will not starve himself. Prepare well balance meals that do not include foods he is stuck on. Do not offer snacks. He will eat.

                    Snacks seem to be a particular problem, luckily our pediatrician was pro-active in advising us to avoid fruit juices and snacks. Children who graze all day are far less likely to eat a balanced meal with plenty of vegetables. You may need to offer one snack in the mid afternoon depending on the number of hours between lunchtime and when you serve dinner. But handing children bags of cereal, pretzels or candy renamed 'fruit snacks" as a way to keep them entertained is a really bad idea.

                    Now I do understand that it is important to preserve your child's sense of autonomy around food. I offer choices whenever I can and allow my son, now five, to decide what we'll make for supper. Just design the choices so that they are appropriate and ask them pro-actively. Prepare three vegetables and ask him which one he wants to go with his turkey. He'll probably surprise you and pick all three!

                    1. I am in the same boat. My 1 year old, who use to eat a variety of foods, now only wants cheerios, blueberries, and grapes. I have a friend that was able to get her son to eat vegetables and meat by baking them in frittattas or crustless quiche. I am going to try this tomorrow.

                      1. My 27 month old nephew survives on fish sticks, waffles, gold fish crackers, bananas, juice, an occasional french fry, pancakes, oreo cakesters, a yogurt on a good day and on an amazing day, a chicken strip. He wears a 3T and they look like floods on him.

                        Dont sweat it. He will come around.

                        1. I sometimes find that if I can get my child (17 months) started eating, he'll become more interested in what's on the rest of his plate. (Catch-22?) I'll give him a small amount of something that I'm pretty sure he'll eat and work from there. It doesn't always work but I'll take what I can get.
                          I was also amazed at what my child would eat when he first moved to solids - avocado, all beans, tofu, squash -- basically everything under the sun except tomatoes (I was SO proud!). Yeah, that was nice; no, it didn't last. Right now I'm just counting my lucky stars that he'll still eat green beans -- I wonder how long that'll last?

                          1. Kids change. I recommend Ellyn Satter's books--she's a dietician who is a mom and works with children. You can find most of them at your library.


                            1. I agree with the others, don't make a meal of it (scuse the pun). Kids sense when you are fussing and worrying about it and it only brings attention to the issue. Let him eat what he wants but continue to offer other things. Let him watch you eat what you normally have and hope he wants to taste it.

                              One of mine did this when she was 2. It's a phase and they will move onto other phases. Small kids small problems - big kids ............