Picky eater

By mommyr3m2 Latest Reply 2013-05-11 09:55:53 -0500
Started 2012-11-30 20:57:36 -0600

This ones for all the moms and dads, what do you do when your D-kid won't eat what you're having for dinner. We have always had a eat what we are having or be hungry policy in our house. With 7 people in our family I can't fix something different for everyone. BUT now that D is apart of our life it makes this difficult. How do I tell a diabetic child too bad, but at the same time how do i justify making only him something different? What do you do?

14 replies

Bfbacon 2012-12-10 11:18:31 -0600 Report

Children who are picky eaters usually do not need to eat more. I would have some fruit always available, or peanut butter, jelly sandwiches. Assuming he has a set carb for each meal that's all he has to take. But if he's old enough to take matters into his own hands (11-12?) then let him loose with his regimen. He can eat or not as he feels. He shouldn't be forced to eat because you insisted he take insulin before dinner!

mommyr3m2 2012-12-27 21:41:16 -0600 Report

Getting him to eat carbs isnt the problem, its getting protien into him. He is only 5 so letting him take control isnt an option.

Im not forcing him to eat because I gave him insulin before a meal, we dose after he eats for that very reason. Making sure that all of my children eat balanced meals is a priority. So the question was should I make him something that I know he will eat, even if it means making 5 different dinners, or should I put my foot down and say this is whats for dinner eat it or be hungry even if that means he isnt getting the proper nutrition.

jayabee52 2012-12-27 21:49:00 -0600 Report

might he be more positive toward drinking chocolate whey protein? Put a few ice cubes in a blender and blend. Kinda like a milkshake. I get mine at wal mart and think it quite good. I also mix a few t spoons of fiber powder with it. No difference in taste.

MimiGaRx 2013-05-11 09:55:53 -0500 Report

What about some sort of legume? Or nuts? Or even batter fried meat with almond flour and a good fat source to fry or sear?

GabbyPA 2012-12-02 16:07:41 -0600 Report

Kids. They are a test of our metal.
Is there a way that you can bribe him with a "eat this now, and your snack later can be..."? When they refuse to eat, it is often more for attention. Is there something specific that he is not liking about what is prepared? A spice or flavor?

I don't have kids, but I have a husband who eats the old fashioned way. Carbs, junk and more carbs...it's hard. So I always make sure to offer at least one thing in the meal that he will gladly eat. Then when he picks at the rest, at least I know he will eat something.

Nick1962 2012-12-02 15:50:04 -0600 Report

It's hard to tell if the picky eater is realy picky or just being the typical obstinate child, and good news, tastes do change over time. My kid refused tomatos of any sort, onions and green peppers. Now, 15 years later she's making stuffed peppers and creamed onions for a meal.
If your child is a T2, it seems you have some wiggle room upholding the family dining policy. My mother (until I caught on) always made extra of the one thing most people would not want to eat as leftovers. If I didn't want to eat what we had and was hungry later, the only thing left might be brocolli, so before the meal was over, i had some choices to make.
Test your theory out for a week and if he/she doesn't like what's on the menus, ask what he/she wants instead. If it's the typical pizza, mac & cheese, etc., then I think it's just a case of being difficult. Remind him/her that like the rest of you, he/she needs to eat to stay healthy (don't even bring diabetes into it), and refusing to eat is a sure way to get sick and miss out on a lot of…(insert child's personal interests here).
On the flipside though, I don't know what you're making, but even at my age, I'm not staying for dinner if you're serving oxtail. He/she may have some very valid taste preferences which might be worth looking into.

mommyr3m2 2012-12-02 16:01:34 -0600 Report

This particular night we had steak, pasta, and corn. He ate the pasta and corn but refused the steak, wouldn't even try it. He is a T1 and 5yrs old. He doesn't like many veggies and is very picky about his meat. I worry that he isn't getting enough protein.

Nick1962 2012-12-02 16:18:49 -0600 Report

OK, that's tough. A 5 year old's palate usually isn't really into steak yet, but blindly refusing it tells me this is somewhat of a control battle between you and he (I'm sure glad I'm not you anymore). I think in that case (and this is going to sound wrong) i wouldn't spend steak money on a 5 year old. Would he have accepted a hamburger instead (without a bun)? I would have just cooked up a few burgers in advance and froze them if not needed. Not much extra work for you, but it does get the protein in. There is no reasoning with a 5 year old, so telling him that you have a responsibility to feed him balanced meals…blah, blah, blah…won't have an effect. I might make a few concessions, but would still stick to my guns. What's on the table is what there is to chose from. You might want to get some protein mix/shakes and sort of "threaten" with them - if you won't eat this, then you have to drink this - they're quick and you can make them taste pretty unpalatable if need be while still getting protein in.

GabbyPA 2012-12-02 16:12:03 -0600 Report

Perhaps you can find a protein powder shake that can be a treat for him? That way he gets what he needs without the carbs of a "milk shake". If he doesn't like meat, maybe some beans in the foods can help him get more protein as well??

msann 2012-12-01 23:13:51 -0600 Report

hi well i know how he feel i just dont want to eat and i am 62 yrs old, just have to eat something what are some of his favorite things can you mix in some veg with that our taste is different, god bless you both!!!!!

mommyr3m2 2012-11-30 23:05:55 -0600 Report

He refused to eat what we were having. Normally I would have made him eat it or be hungry but now I worry that he isn't getting enough nutrition.

IronOre 2012-12-01 17:48:02 -0600 Report

Yea, that's a problem for many children, diabetic or not.
And yes, diabetes makes the situation harder.
If I can come up with a solution I will pas in on to you.
Sorry I misread you initial post.

IronOre 2012-11-30 23:01:46 -0600 Report

As a diabetic child I always ate what everybody else ate.
Why do you feel that you need to make some differnt ?

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