Friday 8th April 2011
Once upon a time I used to be a vegetarian. I didn’t eat meat for 10 years until I moved to Spain and found spit roasted chickens and then my vegetarian days were numbered. Within weeks I was eating every bit of meat that came my way.
As a vegetarian I ate very poorly. Choosing to eat a lot of frozen, processed ready-made meals but what I did learn was that I liked vegetables. This revelation has served me well not only for my health but it has also given me the right attitude to pass onto my son.
My feeling is that the character of a child is shaped by their environment. Children do not intrinsically dislike vegetables from birth. Without (and sometimes with) us knowing, they watch and learn by us turning our noses up at vegetables or saying; “you won’t like that” or just by not eating them ourselves. Although our tastes could change as we got older, from my experience it’s much harder.
Having said that, I’m fully aware that you do what you can to get your kid to eat. There are things that I said I would never do if I had children, that I did. Feeding my son while he walked around, in the hope that he would eat a bit more, being one.
It hasn’t always been easy to get him to eat veg but my wife and I persevered and as a result, sometimes, he would rather finish the veg on his plate before anything else.
Potatoes, Green Cauliflower, Cauliflower, Brussel Sprouts, Onion, Fresh Tomato & Basil.