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How can I eat healthier if i'm an extremely picky eater?

How can I eat healthier if i'm an extremely picky eater?

Depends: Eat healthier and picky eater may work together, or not. It depends on what you are eating. If there is one of two items that you want to change in your diet, start there. Go slow, don't try to make big sweeping changes. If you need to lose weight, increase your exercise a small increment. Be well. ...Read more

Dr. Pam Yoder
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Healthy Diet (Definition)

Pregnant women should eat a balanced, nutritional diet and increase their calorie intake to meet the needs of the developing fetus and their changing bodies. Eating a range of wholesome and nutritious foods during pregnancy is one of the most important things that women can do to ensure the normal development and growth of the fetus, and it can help to prevent prematurity and low birth weight. For the mother, good nutrition helps to prevent anemia, ...Read more


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I'm a picky eater and i want to lose weight but some of the healthy stuff i don't like to eat.What should I do?

I'm a picky eater and i want to lose weight but some of the healthy stuff i don't like to eat.What should I do?

Picky eater: Your taste can change if you gradually introduce food groups you don't traditionally like. Try using shakes such as nutrabullit, where you put broccoli or some other vegie first, then fruit like strawberries, blueberries, banana and lastly protein. The blender mixes to a liquid and you will primarily taste the sweetness of the fruit rather than the vegetable and it is a complete meal.Best wishes. ...Read more

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How can I eat healthily if i'm a picky eater?

How can I eat healthily if i'm a picky eater?

Picky eaters: It depends what you pick at and how you mix your foods. Some proteins are incomplete. Selective malnutrition and hypovitaminosis would be common with picky eaters. Be careful. ...Read more

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What could happen to a teenager's health by being very picky eater?

Dietary deficiency: If you are picky enough you may develop malnourishment or a syndrome of dietary deficiency. ...Read more

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I am a really, really picky eater and im not overweight, but I would rather not eat than eat something I don't like. Any tips on bettering my diet?

I am a really, really picky eater and im not overweight, but I would rather not eat than eat something I don't like. Any tips on bettering my diet?

A nutritionist!: It's difficult to give you specific advice about what to eat and how to eat healthier without knowing specifically what food(s) you avoid and what you are eating. One thing you might consider is making an appointment with a nutritionist; they can often offer useful suggestions on how to manage a healthy diet and still maintain strict food preferences (personal, religious, or otherwise). ...Read more

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What is the best way to stay healthy if you are a picky eater?

Pick well: Try to include healthy foods in your limited menu. Add condiments or sauces that you like to foods you may not like. Try to taste one new food each week. Vitamins are only part of a healthy diet, so supplements may be partially helpful. Nutritional supplements such as ensure may also be used. Check with your doctor for help, & possible referral to a nutrionist. ...Read more

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My 11 year old daughter is super picky eater what can I make her that she will eat?

My 11 year old daughter is super picky eater what can I make her that she will eat?

Keep trying: It can take at least 10 exposures to a new food before a child will begin to like a new food. Request that your daughter try a pea-sized amount of whatever food it is you want her to begin eating. Do not make special meals just for her - offer her the same healthy food you offer the rest of the family. ...Read more

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My son has autism. He is not a picky eater however he will not sit to eat. Sometimes I have to feed him to get him to eat. What can I do about this?

My son has autism. He is not a picky eater however he will not sit to eat. Sometimes I have to feed him to get him to eat. What can I do about this?

Behavioral therpay: A little compromise, reward mechanism and positive feedback helps. For example, if the autistic child likes a certain activity or desert, one can use those as a positive reinforcement tool. A reward mechanism is created where the child knows he or she will get rewarded after the meal is completed. One on one consultation with a behavior therapist can provide many tools. You are a good mom. ...Read more

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My 6 daughter will not gain weight and she's a picky eater and she gets sick a lot & then doesn't eat anything. I had blood wk done they found nothing?

My 6 daughter will not gain weight and she's a picky eater and she gets sick a lot & then doesn't eat anything. I had blood wk done they found nothing?

Expectations vs. : Reality: till puberty, average growth is 2.5" & 4-6 lbs./year. Normal range for bmi is 5th-85th %ile. Review her growth velocity & bmi with her doctor. If you've created a food battle, stop now. Have pleasant family meals at the table. Buy & offer only nutrient-dense foods for the entire family, no sodas, fast-foods or junk foods. Model good eating behaviors. Get the aap's healthy child app. ...Read more

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My 14 month old is such a picky eater and he will not drink his whole milk. I know it cannot be healthy. Any tips?

My 14 month old is such a picky eater and he will not drink his whole milk. I know it cannot be healthy. Any tips?

Independent toddler: Offer and don't force foods and beverage, however, provide as best of a "balanced" diet as you can. Remember, toddler's are not sophisticated with varieties of foods like most adults. Consider creative ways to introduce food items. If milk is an important liquid to offer in your home, try mixing with flavors or create a smoothie. Don't let him see you stress out! ...Read more

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How do I get my 2 year old son to eat, he is a picky eater!?

How do I get my 2 year old son to eat, he is a picky eater!?

Picky eaters: Picky eating habits will drive most parents crazy. At 2 yr the grow rate has slowed to ~5lb/3inch/yr which is much slower than earlier. Feeding matches need. Most feed well 4 days a month & nibble the rest. Single item days are common (breads, veggies, etc) & a balanced week is more common than a balanced meal. If you only offer nutritious choices, they'll get what they need. Discuss with your Dr. ...Read more

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How can I encourage a picky eater to try new foods without affecting the health benefits?

Keep offering: Don't get discouraged, though i know it isn't easy. Keep offering the food. You may want to call it something else, like, "super vision eye food" for carrots as an example. You could also try to disguise it ; cut fun shapes out of it, decorate a plate to make a face or something else. Have the child help to prepare the food. Keep trying! ...Read more

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Picky eater not a veggie\fruit lover during 32w pregnant. Not a varied diet but overall healthy. Take daily multivitamins. Concern for baby?

Picky eater not a veggie\fruit lover during 32w pregnant.  Not a varied diet but overall healthy. Take daily multivitamins.  Concern for baby?

Ok: If you have been a picky eater all your life there is not much you can do now. Ideally, a balanced, varied diet during pregnancy is recommended, but in your case it seems like you are doing the best you can. ...Read more

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My 2 yr old is being a picky eater. Sometimes she wont eat a meal during the whole day but will eat fruits & have milk. Is this normal for her age?

My 2 yr old is being a picky eater. Sometimes she wont eat a meal during the whole day but will eat fruits & have milk. Is this normal for her age?

Picky eater: You child tripled her birth weight during her first year of life. In order to keep up with that growth she needed the calories and ate a lot. Now she will be putting on 2-5 pounds a year. Consequently she doesnt need so many calories and she becomes choosy or picky in what she eats. Have her"graze" instead of a formal meal. ...Read more

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What can cause someone to go from not a picky eater 2 an extremely picky eater. My friend use 2 eat almost anything & now he won't eat almost anything?

Eating habits: Your friend might be restricting certain foods for weight loss or weight gain. Is he an athlete in training? Or he may have an eating disorder. Hard to say without knowing more about his medical and social history. ...Read more

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2 y/o very picky eater and refusing to eat almost anything. To point now where she has watery stools because she isn't eating. What to do? Feel lost

2 y/o very picky eater and refusing to eat almost anything. To point now where she has watery stools because she isn't eating. What to do? Feel lost

Relax: let her eat on her own. The more you force the less she will eat. (quest of autonomy) Watery stools amy not be due to not eating. Please see your pediatrician, if weight and height are OK, you may want to stop worrying about her eating habits ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Healthy Eating (Definition)

Healthy eating is focused on healthy foods that are low in saturated fat, sodium, sugar, and cholesterol. A healthy diet is centered around fruits, vegetables, lean protein, and ...Read more


Dr. Christine Wood
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Picky Eater (Definition)

Picky eater = fussy eater = choosy eater - occurs when a person has strong food preferences and may be resistant to trying new foods or to eating foods that they ...Read more