I think the reason it was easier than I expected (certainly easier than any much-more-moderate diet I've ever been on) is that it was so dramatic. Instead of feeling deprived and sullen as I would have if I'd tried to, say, cut out desserts, I felt all interested in the novelty of this. What would it be like to just....NOT EAT for most of the day?
Today, though, I need to plan better: I had just-chicken for dinner because I was too hungry and distracted to manage figuring out a meal, and so instead I ate all the kids' leftover chicken. Today's goal: food groups plural.
Speaking of food, our help has been requested on a toddler food issue:
I was hoping you might be able to help me with an issue. I can't get my 3 year daughter to eat meals with us. She always wants something different. I figure with all your kid experience you might have dealt with this before. I wrote a post about it on my blog which explains stuff we have tried. Thanks for any help you may give.
Oh, Vicky! You have my full sympathy! It makes me hand-wringingly frantic when kids won't eat. Intellectually, I know the child is fine: I can look at the child and see that the child is not gaunt, or lying listlessly on the ground, or mewling pitifully with hunger. But I still really like to see a child EAT---and dinner especially, because it's so long until the next meal.
So, as a TOTAL EXPERT (*cough*) with FIVE children's worth of experience, here is everything I know about getting a child to eat:
Yeah. That's it. We've tried the things you've tried: the "this or nothing" approach, the "just eat a little" approach, the "choose what's for dinner" approach, the "you can have dessert" approach, the "you must take one bite" approach, the "okay, fine, we'll serve only Kid Food" approach, the "help cook the meal" approach, the "make it fun!" approach. Eight approaches. Score: toddler 8, dinner 0.
Everyone has taken a turn with this, and right now it's Edward, age 3. He's not eating dinner. Maybe one night a week, he eats dinner. When we tried making him take a bite (hoping he'd like it and keep eating), he barfed. The next night, we tried it again and he barfed again. He's a pro, really. And he's not exactly a hearty breakfast- or lunch-eater, either.
Here's a picture of him, withered and wasting:
Here is the approach I'm using right now: the "look at him and see if he is thin or sickly" approach. If he does get thin or sickly, I'll take him to the doctor. Otherwise, I just breathe in through the nose and out through the mouth, and pretend every night that it doesn't bother me when he doesn't eat anything.
Anyone with more helpful advice, chime in!
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