If you find yourself sitting down to the same meals week on week, perhaps because you have a fussy eater or maybe because you’re struggling for mealtime inspiration, then you’re not alone. Many of the families I see in my clinic and at my workshops have found themselves in a dinnertime (and breakfast and lunchtime…) rut.
When it comes to fussy eaters, it can seem easier to stick with what they know – and even adults find comfort in familiar foods. The trouble is that just as our brains would get bored watching the same TV show over and over and over again, our bodies eventually tire of eating the same foods day in and day out.
If a child with an already limited range of foods eats the same thing daily, their food choices will eventually dwindle down so much that their diets become nutritionally lacking and can cause lethargy, poor concentration and nutritional deficiencies, which demand attention.
Children with limited diets are often low in iron, zinc and B12 and this can suppress the appetite and cause further fussiness due to lack of interest.
It’s important to identify repetitive eating behaviours early on and use positive strategies to nip it in the bud before it becomes a bigger issue.