September 17, 2008

Flippin' Switches & Changing Tracks

My daughter's diet over the last couple of years has been, to say the very least, limited. She wouldn't touch vegetables with a ten-foot pole and her fruits were limited to bananas and the fig in Fig Newtons. She wouldn't eat any lunch meat, her only real meat was chicken and that was only under deep-fried conditions, and her starches were crackers, refried beans, and chips. You might think she had a peanut butter fetish (okay, one might still think that, but that's all going to change soon, I just know it). Thankfully, she drank a lot of water, but that was the only healthy aspect to her diet, really.

Now I don't know who or what is responsible for what has transpired over the last week. Who - or what - it is, I'd love to wrap my arms around them and welcome them to the family, give them a spare key to our place and possibly write them into our yet-nonexistent will. Beth's daily diet usually looks like this:

Breakfast: 1/2 cup milk
1/2 peanut butter sandwich on wheat bread

Snack: 10 Wheat Thins or Triscuits

Lunch: 1/2 peanut butter sandwich on wheat bread

Snack: Banana

Dinner: Nothing. She hated just about everything I made except for burritos or quesadillas.

As a result of not eating her dinner, she got no dessert. She often went to bed hungry.

That said, we didn't start enforcing the "If you don't eat your dinner, you get no other food until breakfast the next day" mantra until the last six or seven months, basically since we moved into this place. Is it possible that it's paying off? She "gets" it? I ask this because this was today's diet:

Breakfast: 1/2 cup milk
1/2 peanut butter sandwich on wheat (mommy was too tired
to make eggs this morning)

Snack: 1/2 diced peach (fresh, not canned)
1/2 container of cherry yogurt

Lunch: 1/2 peanut butter sandwich on wheat again (we're on a budget
this week; once we're back to normal, I'm thinking of
euthanizing the whole Peanut Butter Extravaganza)

Snack: 3 baby carrots

Dinner: A few bites of chili, to which she replied, "It's yummy

Snack: A whole Granny Smith apple

Does my daughter, who is - much like her mother - not so swift on the uptake at times, finally understand that she needs to eat what she's given and that maybe, just maybe, it's okay to try new foods if they look appealing?

That above-mentioned peach? Her first in about 2.5 years. That's right: two and a half YEARS.

I hopped out to the store tonight with cash I got selling an old PDA and bought more yogurt, string cheese, and grapes. Weeeeeeee!!!!!


Super Blogger Girl! said...

your post really reminded me of one from last week from "Because I said so" if you read the comments you won't feel bad at all, apparently all kids hate eating.

here's the link, I think you'll like the post, it's funny, oh and I think she's republican so you should be fine in that respect:

Plunger Girl said...

Not that I have much (or any) experience with this, but I looooove peach baby food because it's like a dessert. So just puree everything you want her to eat and tell her it's ice cream. :-) Helpful? I thought so.

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