Not sure it's quite that many but pretty close to that per year with 2 kids. If you add in over-catering every night so my husband can take a lunch it's well over 600 (and he's far more .. cough .. "discerning" than the boys).
Food is such a huge part of all of our lives whether we are gourmands or reluctant consumers. Just getting 3 meals per day shopped for, prepped, cooked and served is a massive undertaking. Especially if we're pretty much doing it solo and for a multitude of mouths!
There are many days when "here have a tablet" it's actually got all the nutrients, fibre, anti-oxidants and flavour of roast beef and all the veggies would just be amazing.
But life is not that simple ;)
Not sure I have a point, just reflecting on what a huge part of our lives food consumes and how much it can impact on us because of this.
Anyone else got a relevant point?
Once upon a time ...
I love, love, love happy endings!! This is not "a full one" yet but I'm so excited I had to share anyway :)
I'm bringing you Bella's story with permission from her mother. It's just so exciting so far and we're hoping that in a few weeks we can bring you another installment.
Bella has been really challenged when it comes to eating right from the very start. For example as a baby she was OK with pureed pear but refused apple.
As she got older her extreme anxiety around food has not improved and at 10 she is still stuck with the same safe foods. This also means that socially she is finding a lot of things difficult.
Bella has been to the GP, the Pediatrician and been sent to a psychologist by the hospital but she is still beset by food fears.
At this crazy time of year so many of us are running around like headless chickens trying to get everything ready for the end of school, the start of holidays and the main event on many kids calendar's ....
Everyone has different traditions for Christmas itself but generally there is a big, social and special meal planned.
If you have a selective eater this can be the source of worry, frustration and disappointment:
- Worry that there will be little your child can eat.
- Frustration that you or relatives have spent hours cooking only to have nothing eaten.
- Disappointment that yet another year has passed and yet you still have a child that can't participate in the special meals.
Can we magically get the children eating Christmas dinner?
Can you magic away your worry, frustration and disappointment?
ually that's not true. I love avocados. And that's part of the reason it always used to irk me that my boys didn't.
Even as littlies they were just not keen on them :(
Which did not of course stop me serving them.
And then I discovered "guacamole kid style". We often had Mexican and my husband and I loved a good guaca to go with it. One day I made one with tonnes of Philadelphia cheese and a little avocado. Both boys scoffed it.
Ah, so we're OK with avocado mixed with something that's a favourite.
I was asked to do a Food Art session at the local school last week. I used to do a lot of these but haven't for ages and had forgotten how mad but fun they are!
Two of the fabulous mothers came to help me chop my pile of fresh fruit and veggies into fun shapes. We also added some left-of-centre things like celery leaves, fresh parsley and daikon.
The children who wanted to participate washed hands, got a plate each and created a design then went to eat communally at an "eating table".
For children who are not generally enthused about fruit and veg it can be a really positive experience:
1. They get to see a colourful array of food - often things they are not seeing regularly at home.
2. They get to choose based not necessarily on what is their favourite to eat but what works for their art.
3. It's a group activity.
4. They are able to test tiny bits of new food with no pressure.
5. They eat communally.
All of these are positives when it comes to expanding children's palates and getting them more confident about testing new foods.
Some of the adult helpers tried something new too!