Thursday, 24 October 2013

The battle of the veg!

As a mother I have become more conscious than ever of the need for a healthy diet. I am consciously trying to lose weight at the moment as I have gained a few pounds too many, but the main problem I have is with my portion sizes and lack of exercise. I do have a relatively healthy diet, and really enjoy fruit & veg.

Sadly the same can't be said for my 2 year old son. He is an absolute niightmare when it comes to food, and won't eat any veg at all. I have tried hiding it in his food, but he notices and then refuses to eat anything. The only things he seems to enjoy eating are spagetti hoops, and porridge. I wasn't too worried at first but this has been going on for ages and I am starting to despair. I may be just another neurotic mother but I so want him to be healthy. I was shocked to hear that 1 in 5 people in Wales suffer with diabetes. Childhood rates of diabetes are on the increase too, so I think its something that all parents should be aware of. I always make a point of encouraging my daughter to eat healthily, but as Bryn is a little slow to talk I can't really have this conversation with him.

He does eat some fruit, and bananas and grapes are a favourite so it's not all bad, but does anyone have any tips on how I can get him to eat some veg? At the moment he takes one look and hands it back to me. Forcing the issue just makes it worse and I find it so frustrating! Any advice gratefully received!


  1. I wish I could help, I have a 2 year old boy who sounds very similar. He is also slow to talk so its really hard to try and communicate with him. He mainly eats toast, porridge, cereal, cheese sandwiches, spaghetti hoops and baked beans. He will eat fruit but quite often he 'goes off' things that he used to like. He will not even eat wafer thin ham! He seems to be more willing to try new things if I am eating them myself, he gets kind of jealous that I have something he doesn't, and then he comes over and wants to try it. Sometimes it works, other times not. :(

    1. He sounds exactly the same. At least I know we're not the only ones

  2. Have you tried getting him to make his own pizza and making faces with vegetables? It's hard isn't it my son was the same. They do grow out of it to some extent

  3. I hope so Mel. That is a good idea though!


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