I speak to and hear of more and more adults who have a narrow range of foods they are able to eat. It can feel like a heavy weight burying them, especially if they can see the same happening to their children.
What I always look at is the science behind eating. There are some key factors that we have to understand.
Eating is actually a very challenging thing to do. It involves all the senses. Sight, smell, hearing, touch and of course taste.
Moreover, we are putting this stuff into our mouth. It doesn't get a lot more anxiety producing than that!
We also don't eat something that is not within our comfort zone. Why would you eat something that doesn't look/ smell / feel "right"?
We are also unlikely to love something new right off the bat, especially if it's not something within our comfort zone. It takes time for us to become accustomed to something and therefore develop a liking for it (think beer, wine, coffee).
Knowing that there is a logical process and knowing that we can understand why we or our children struggle to eat something is very empowering. It also starts to give us clues as to how we can then move forwards.
I love knowing how it all works as it often does provide a map and a way out of the deep, dark woods of selective eating.
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.