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Winning the Food Fight

Winning the Food Fight

How to Introduce Variety into Your Child's Diet

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A child psychologist explains how to teach children to find pleasure in eating not only the foods they like, but also those that are good for them

• Explains the negative attitudes children develop toward food and how to overcome these dietary aversions

• Shows how a child’s natural instinct to experiment can provide the inspiration needed to broaden his or her food tastes

• Translates the latest research in this field into practical suggestions for parents

One of the most common problems faced by parents is how to inspire their children to taste a new food--to try just one bite! Natalie Rigal, a child psychologist who has extensively researched questions of taste, explains the often complex attitudes children bring with them to the dinner table and offers parents creative ways to get children to approach eating with the same curiosity and enthusiasm they display toward other activities. Using her own experiences as well as the latest research in the field, she shows that children’s tastes, which often manifest at a very young age, are connected to an intricate combination of family habits and social influences. She reveals why most children prefer sweet foods to salty ones, familiar foods to new ones, and why children often prefer the meals they share with their grandparents and friends over those with their parents and siblings--and what parents can do about this.

Rigal explains that the aversion children express to most foods can be overcome by learning how to speak with them about what they are going to be eating--not just its flavor, but its consistency, appearance, and the sound it makes when eaten. She shows that encouraging a child’s natural instinct to experiment can provide the inspiration needed to try even those vegetables that are most universally loathed by children such as lima beans, broccoli, and brussels sprouts. Finding pleasure in eating has been shown to be the secret to “why French women don’t get fat.” It is also the secret gateway to getting your children to eat the nutritious foods they need.
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  • Healing Arts Press | 
  • 160 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781594770975 | 
  • October 2006
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From Chapter Five

Sitting Down to Eat

Hands in the Dough and Words in the Mouth

Of course soup tastes better with a little cream, but enriching the taste of a food is not always enough to make it acceptable. For children, “good” means what is prepared well, but also what is already familiar to them. Here are two ways of teaching our children to become familiar with what they eat: putting hands in the dough and words in the mouth.

Hands in the Dough
One of the most pleasant, and certainly most effective ways of making food familiar is having children participate in the preparation of meals.... see more

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