What real kids eat…
That’s where this started. Not ‘what do we offer them?’
What do they actually eat?
I wanted to know what the ‘after’ looked like. What real kids eat and what they leave behind. So, for better, for worse, I put a call out on my Instagram asking for #realfood photos. I expected a handful of pictures. Woaaah! Was I wrong. The response was AMAZING. Which can only lead me to one conclusion. You guys wanted to know too. You want to talk about this. You want to share your stories. When it goes well and you feel like Delia-bloody-Smith and when it is an epic fail and you wish you’d just gone to effing McDonald’s (more on this later). We want to share in it. Feeding kids is HARD. Trying to feed them healthy food can be even harder. But believe me, I’ve seen it. There are loads of people doing an awesome job.
On the good days…the Delia Smith days where they eat the hidden veg sauce and they smile and chat at the table, you feel like a total champ. It is the BEST. Like how you thought family mealtimes would be. Celebrate those days and take the win. We are all rooting for you. I love hearing your food wins and I can tell from what my readers say to me how much this means to you too. For many of us, food is family. Food is love. Food matters.
When a parent gets in touch to share a Mum win it is the best feeling ever. Almost as great as having your own. I’m living this with you all for sure!
It is soul destroying when you prepare a lunch and your child launches it across the room…or turns their nose up at it. I know. It happens to me. It is hard to pick yourself up off the proverbial floor when, for the sixth time in a row your child has spent the afternoon eating bogies and play-dough but not even a speck of the nutritious homemade curry will pass his lips.
But you have to keep trying, right? Making this video made me realise I’m not alone in this. None of you are. If you are having a really shit time. Reach out. Talk about it. Try and laugh about it because I can guarantee there is someone not-too-far-away who is going through it too. My lovely friend Mandy from Sneaky Veg knows your pain here. She wrote a fabulous guest post on picky eating just here.
The random stuff in between…
Things like…your child dipping their sweet potato wedges in their water before they eat them. Or wiping yoghurt literally all over their face whilst splitting their sides laughing. Their first taste of chocolate. Giving them a lemon. That random day six months ago when they ate every single pea on their plate and have literally not touched one since.
I like to tell people the story of when we gave my son a McDonalds for the first time after a very loooong day travelling. We thought he would be super excited and we were weirdly eager to see him try this ‘naughty treat’. He wasn’t fussed about the meal AT ALL, picked up the fruit bag first (can you imagine my pride?) and then dipped every SINGLE slice of apple into his ketchup saying “dip-dip-dip!” We’ve not been back since…
So, what DO real kids eat?
Here it is! Enjoy!
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Thank you to every single family who contributed to this video about what real kids eat. Thank you for your honesty about how you cook and what you cook. I had families get in touch who manage to cook with only a microwave, single parents, families with loadsa-a kids, families with allergies, working parents, ALL of them trying hard to show their kids that they need to make time for proper food. I wish I could have included all of the pictures you sent me, but I couldn’t physically fit them all in. You are helping to make these kinds of conversations normal, not something to either feel like you are ‘showing off’ or ’embarrassed’ about. You should all be immensely proud of yourselves and what you are achieving.
Some things to remember:
- Most kids have fussy stages but they often surprise you so don’t stop offering new food
- If the little monsters aren’t eating it, just remember: they are still seeing it.
- You are setting the most wonderful and powerful example.
- We cook. And on those shitty days where it doesn’t go well just remind yourself of that.
- You are showing your little people that real food is the way forward.
Without realising, you encourage, inspire and teach our little people with your actions. Keep it coming!!!
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