Many of the children who find food challenging are anxious in other areas of their lives.
Finding new things difficult, not liking change and being uncomfortable if routines are altered all go hand in hand with picky eating.
Often children seem to channel their anxieties into food. This is logical when we consider a few factors:
1. When children are young the only things that are totally within their control are eating, sleeping and toileting.
2. Eating is actually a very challenging process. It engages all the senses and we're putting stuff into a very vulnerable place.
3. If things are hard why not choose only the easy parts. Knowing we like crackers makes them a comfortable choice. Other foods are not known and less comforting. Better to say no.
If our child does have anxiety, finding strategies that give them the tools to better manage it can in turn lead to better eating. Conversely, supporting our child to add new foods can also help with their anxiety in other areas.
Creating Confident Eaters works through strategies that support adding variety in a way that even anxious picky eaters can manage.
Judith is passionate about good food and is even more passionate about enabling other people to enjoy the wide variety of fresh food available today.