I'm having a good news week :)
Last week I worked with the parents of a 9 year old girl Ruby (*) who had eaten no fruit and no vegetables for 7 years.
She has a pronounced fruit phobia but would eat soup that had veggies cooked in it - as long as it's all strained so not a trace of them remain in the bowl.
We changed the approach to food with the emphasis being on fun, family and relaxing (I know it's often hard to imagine how that looks in a house with a selective eater). But that was a main part of changing how Ruby was able to view meals.
I had an e-mail from her mother yesterday to say that she'd eaten corn. Not in a soup but on a stick, like a lollipop. Woo hoo. This is retold with her permission as she is also suitably delighted.
Not everyone sees a miraculous turn around like this but from my experience it's not that unusual. Many children have been struggling for years. Knowing that food is a huge hurdle but not knowing how to get past the blocks.
Having a parent confident with plans and a way to "fix" the problem can provide a life-line that the children almost grab onto with delight. It enables them to all of a sudden overcome blocks that have been there for years.
I will never peddle a miracle cure but just sometimes it almost feels like there are some out there for the taking :)
(*) name changed to protect privacy
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.