I've just recovered from my first ever bout of Influenza and I have to say I'd never wish it on anyone. Such a massive step-up from a heavy cold.
One of the worst things was being nauseous. I felt so queasy I couldn't do anything but focus on not taking it to the next level! No reading, no TV. It made for very, very long days.
What has this got to do with selective eating? Actually quite a lot! So many of the feelings I was having are paralleled by those who find food challenging:
1. I was really hungry but the thought of most foods made my stomach turn.
2. Foods I previously loved I looked at and thought - no, I just can't eat that.
3. The smell of cooking food made me feel terrible. My lovely 10 y.o. made dinner the first day I was confined to bed and I had to have him shut all the doors.
4. I would feel hungry, get excited about eating and then look at it on the plate and think "nah, can't go there".
5. Other people eating certain things would make me feel worse. I remember my boys wanting popcorn and all I could think was "greasy" (even though it's home-made and not!!) and the thought of them eating next to me was so bothersome.
Although the nausea only lasted 3 days (it felt like 3 weeks) it took ages for me to approach food in my normal enthusiastic way. During that time I had a fabulous, if frightening insight into how children who struggle to eat often feel about new or challenging foods.
I know from working with so many families that food can be super challenging for lots of children on all sorts of levels. Appreciating things from their point of view helps us be sympathetic to their plight and enables us to meet them where they are at.
Do you have a child that struggles with the way food smells, or what others are eating? Is your child someone who loves a food one day and almost seems repulsed the next?
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.