Are you a despairing Mum who would love your child to get a nutrient rich diet for a good healthy start in life, or a partner of a fussy eater who is bored with bland foods that leave you feeling uninspired and tired of low nutrient, processed foods?
Our taste buds respond to habits and it takes a little effort to change to healthy habits.
Try these 3 simple changes and don’t give up until you get results:
Let’s take tomatoes as an example:
1. Looks good
Choose small tomatoes that have great colour, are shiny and ripe, are fresh and locally grown, from roadside stalls, farm shops or from your own garden and make sure you know that the taste is believed to be good.
Always try new things when hungry and just try a little with no force – taste a little and leave and then next time do the same. Make it casual, not a big deal and all part of a normal meal.
3. Under the Radar
Blitz tomatoes into sauces without mentioning it to anyone. Tomatoes are a great candidate for this because their flavours blend beautifully into soups, dips, pasta dishes and stews.
Cooking tomatoes makes the lycopene, a rich nutrient in tomatoes, more available for absorption and this nutrient is so good as an anti-cancer food, for eye health and for so many functions of the body.
Never give up, just keep trying a little of the new food regularly in meals and after 6-8 times the new flavour habits start to form.
A large diversity of healthy foods in the diet is so important to obtain the range of vitamins and minerals needed for all the functions of the body.
For good digestion, bowel health and for a healthy immune system, a great diversity of bacteria in the ‘Gut’ is vital and these are obtained from fresh vegetables and fruit. A good healthy diversity of ‘Gut’ bacteria greatly reduces the risk of developing auto-immune health conditions and all common allergies.
Lack of Nutrients Affects Taste Buds
Poor nutrient intake and poor digestive health will affect the level of nutrients in the body. Digestive processes rely on a good level of nutrients to make digestive enzyme work properly and so poor diets will affect how well nutrients can be absorbed. And poor nutrient status affects the acuity of the taste buds which affects the enjoyment of foods and further encourages fussy eating.
A Nutritionist can help identify the best way to address this and this will make trying foods much easier and enjoyable.
For nutritional help with all health issues contact: Jane Rose-Land, BSc Nut Med, BANT, CNHC on 01366 347452 or firstname.lastname@example.org Click to send a message
To listen to my recent interview on Radio Norfolk on Fussy Eaters – click the arrow on the left below
Or for more tips see: Annabel Karmel suggestions http://www.annabelkarmel.com/food-parenting/fussy-eating/annabels-top-tips.