I got really choked up last night over an e-mail about lettuce.
There will be some of you thinking "my child is pretty much reduced to tears over lettuce too".
Which is what this is all about.
I worked with a fabulous family in Dec of 2016. They had a 4 y.o. boy Austin * who was freaked out by greenery. Nothing green was allowed to be on the table whilst he was eating.
He would even yell "mummy, that lettuce is too close to my fingers in the supermarket trolley".
There has been a LOT of hard work put in but yesterday his mum contacted me to say that he, without prompting, added a lettuce leaf to his burger.
She was not so much excited about the lettuce leaf being eaten - although that was a victory in itself. But was over the moon that this was a sign that her son was going to be OK around food and that he had learned to choose nutritious options for himself.
Moreover, that Austin was going to have a healthy relationship with food and that their dinner table really was to be a place of joy and relaxation, not resentment and complaint.
It's hard to explain just how far Austin has traveled unless you know how challenged he was around food. But for those of you with very selective eaters and for those of you whose children are food phobic his mum would just like to say "there is HOPE".
* (name changed for privacy) although his mum would like me to broadcast the story far and wide :)
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.