Tuesday, August 12, 2008

The Great Vegetable Boycott

I know Mom always said to eat my vegetables, but are they really all that important? Is it possible that the three-five servings (well, two for Colter-sized people) of vegetables a day recommend by the Food Pyramid Dudes is a hoax? Could it be a conspiracy to get us to eat our veggies formed by vegetable farmers whom knew no one would ever eat eggplant unless there was a good reason? I hope so, because Colter has suddenly developed a strong aversion to anything remotely resembling a vegetable. He hasn’t eaten a single serving since Friday’s sweet potatoes. The boy is really confusing me. For awhile, he would only eat baby food vegetables, even though he was old enough to be eating vegetables with some texture. Then all of a sudden he refused to eat those, but I could still get him to eat mashed potatoes and sometimes smashed green beans. A few weeks ago, he started to branch out. I gave him some cooked zucchini, and by some miracle he ate it! He ate it for three different meals, and then he decided it was more fun to throw zucchini on the floor than eat it. He ate lima beans last week, but then when I gave them to him last night, he acted like I’d put moldy muffins or something equally disgusting in his mouth. He won’t even eat mashed potatoes anymore. He immediately spits potatoes out of his mouth and cries until I remove all traces of them from his hands. He’s such a baby. One would think he was only one or something. Oh wait…

I’m not sure how I’m supposed to get him to eat his vegetables. He won’t eat corn. He won’t eat potatoes. He won’t eat green beans. He won’t eat peas, lettuce, spinach, eggplant, carrots, or even those good vegetables that some people say are fruits like tomatoes, zucchini and avocadoes. I guess all I can do is keep trying. If anyone has any other suggestions, let me know. In the mean time, I’ll just assume Colter can get by on fruit instead. :)


jill marie said...

I am in the same boat, so I will be checking back for some "mommy suggestions"... mine will not eat whole veggies and will only sometimes eat the babyfood ones... ugh!

Heidi said...

When my guys were just a little bit older than your guy is now, I would tell them that peas are little balls and they better NOT eat them... and, of course, they did. Otherwise, my older guy pretty much went two years just on fruit and grains and he has made it to six years old (almost seven) and still the tallest guy in his class! And starting to eat veggies again!

The big picture... don't worry too much.