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Aug 21, 2006 05:22 PM

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

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.