The No-Cry Picky Eater Solution

31 Dec

I was the pickiest eater when I was little.  I pretty much survived on milk, cheese pizza (yes, only cheese pizza, if there was anything else on it, I would not touch it), macaroni and cheese, turkey hot dogs, and of course, any child’s favorite: junk food.  Cake.  Cookies.  Candy.  Chocolate.  Brownies.  Mmmm…brownies.  I’m not even joking, that was my diet.

Needless to say, I did not want Hannah to be like me.  Sure, I eat healthy now (The first time I told my parents I ate a stir fry with about 10 different vegetables in it, they probably almost died of shock), but that didn’t start to happen until I was 18 years old.  Hannah wasn’t allowed to eat anything even remotely resembling junk food until she was about 2.  You can’t really keep a 2 year old from birthday cake.  They just know too much by then.  And they have a nose for chocolate.  Even if they see a random box, one they’ve never seen before in their life, if it’s filled with chocolate, they’ll know.  And they’ll want some.  I laboriously made all of her baby food.  I started her on all the vegetables before any fruit so she wouldn’t get a sweet tooth.

It didn’t work.  Well, it did for a while.  She used to eat everything I gave her with a gusto. But then she reached toddler-hood.  She learned how to say she doesn’t want something, and she doesn’t eat if she darn well doesn’t want to.  She wants treats all the time.  She is constantly asking for chocolate and lollipops.  I can give her a plate filled with nutritious, delicious food and she will look at it, wrinkle her little nose up and declare “I don’t want any. I’m done eating.” Sigh.

So when I was contacted to review “The No-Cry Picky Eater Solution,” I jumped at the chance.  Heck yes I would like to review it, thank you very much!

I have to admit, I was wanting, expecting, and hoping for a quick fix, miracle-ish solution.  Sorry, but that’s just not possible.  We know it’s not, so don’t even get that into your head.  On the contrary, the book equips parents for the long haul.  It gives us long-term solutions to set up our children’s eating habits for life.  It assured me that I’m not alone in my near daily oh-my-gosh-my-child-won’t-eat-is-she-going-to-be-malnourished worries, and my oh-my-gosh-why-won’t-you-just-take-one-darn-little-bite-before-declaring-my-worked-so-hard-on-it-so-you-would-eat-it-meal-unworthy-of-your-existance frustration and crankiness.  It equipped me with the knowledge I need to not turn eating into a battle, a trauma for my child, or for me.  It calmed my constant frustration about her eating habits (or lack there of).  The No-Cry Picky Eater Solution is a book that every parent of a toddler needs.  Unless you are one of those really lucky ones whose child is like a wonderful vacuum and will eat anything that you throw at her.

It is a great book, but it is a bit repetitive.  Have a read, equip yourself with knowledge, and know that you’re in it for the long haul.  in the mean time, why not try some of this.  I mix it in with Hannah’s juice in the morning, so at least I know she is getting some nutrients (note, I was not compensated, given free samples, or anything for this  product, I just like it).

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8 Responses to “The No-Cry Picky Eater Solution”

  1. Kacy December 31, 2011 at 12:54 pm #

    I do need this book-not only for my kids but also for myself. The truth is I’m just as bad as they are!

  2. LB(cruiseshipblogger) December 31, 2011 at 5:47 pm #

    So is the no cry thing for the mom then? Sounds like Hannah is perfectly happy with her eating habits.

    • Sheri (Mommy Stuff Blogger) January 1, 2012 at 7:53 pm #

      haha, I think it’s for both….. although sometimes she does cry because I won’t give her a cookie. Or a lollipop.

  3. Trudy Florence January 4, 2012 at 12:17 am #

    This reminds me of when I was a kid, my parents were SUPER strict about what we ate, we weren’t allowed white bread, white rice, anything superficial and of course no junk food. We of course then figured out what junk food was once we started going to parties and having friends whose parents weren’t as strict. One day at the grocery store my brother literally lunged for the candy aisle and started ripping into chocolate and eating as much as he could before Mum dragged him off it. I think no matter what kids will want junk food but as long as you try hard they will turn out ok. These days both my brother and I would much rather eat healthy, nutritious food than touch anything processed. Good luck!

  4. karen somethingorother January 4, 2012 at 3:10 pm #

    Hm…I wonder if this book would be useful at ALL for kids on the Spectrum, because nobody knows picky until they know a kid like my son.

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