My daughter is 2 1/2. About a year ago, she became a picky eater overnight (literally). From the day she began eating solid foods, she would eat anything. Her favorite foods were things like peas, beans, and sweet potatos. Then, one day, she suddenly started refusing foods. First, it was vegetables, then others followed. She won't even touch mashed potatoes anymore! Basically, the only foods she will willingly ingest right now are: cereals (hot and cold); most basic fruit and some more exotic varieties (loves avocados); tortillas (flour); white rice; corn on the cob; some pasta (only with a tomato sauce); and refried beans. And, of course, sweets (I recently cut her off from those entirely). Occasionally, she will eat a PB&J sandwich, or canned black bean and vegetable soup (random and suprising, I know). Aside from the corn (and let's face it, not much nutrition there), vegetables are a no go.
I realize that most children go through a similar phase during these delightful "terrible twos", but I am really growing concerned about her health. Yes, I give her vitamins, but those can only do so much for nutrition. I refuse to resort to just handing her Pediasure and such drinks, because that would only increase her desire for sweets and teach her "hey, if I don't eat, I get a sweet drink". Besides, she is lactose-intolerant.
She is not getting enough calories, but I don't want to fill her with empty ones. I have raised her on a vegetarian diet, with very few processed foods, and I intend to keep doing so (please, no negative comments on this fact).
Please, any helpful advice would be more welcome than I can express.
Answer by nepenthe429 at 8:07 PM on Jun. 2, 2011
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