Here is an article for parents, on the topic of ‘Fussy Eaters’ — provided by our wonderful friend and colleague Leesa Young.

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eat-your-greens-editedGetting children to eat well can be a big challenge for many families. Children’s eating behaviour can be a result of many factors, including:

  • asserting independence,
  • fluctuating appetites and
  • developmental stages;

however, dealing with true picky eaters can be tricky.

The following strategies can be helpful:


  • Aim to use the “division of responsibility” principle:
    • it is your responsibility to provide healthy, suitable foods for your child at specified meal & snack times
    • it is your child’s responsibility to decide how much they eat
  • Not making a big deal about eating takes the pressure off both you and your child and makes mealtimes more pleasant for everyone

Involve your child in shopping, preparing and cooking (and growing!) food to engage their interest & stimulate their appetite.
  • Cooking and eating together as a family can be very rewarding and promotes good eating habits. Make sure you’re modelling the behaviour you want to see in your children.
  • Avoid offering food between meal times – breakfast, morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack and dinner – as this can suppress appetite and make children less likely to eat, especially in the evenings.
  • Wherever possible, endeavour to serve the evening meal early enough that your child isn’t overtired and cranky
Don’t overload your child’s plate – start with just a small amount and offer more if they finish it
  • Consider mixing up the way you prepare food – for example, roasting vegetables can bring out their sweetness, making them more palatable.
  • Persevere – Don’t forget that it can take offering a specific food up to 10 or more times before a child will start to develop a taste for it
  • Remember how much your own attitude affects your children: don’t be tempted to say things like “he’s a fussy eater” or “she would never eat avocado” – once your child has heard you say this a few times, they will take it on board and start believing it themselves.

leesa-youngIf your child’s diet continues to lack variety, or you are concerned about their weight gain, energy levels or overall health, please consult your doctor or paediatrician for advice.



Leesa Young is a holistic nutritionist with a big dream to share simple, practical and useful information that will help you to take control of your health, your happiness and your life.

Her practical focus is on Nutritional Medicine – using the healing power of foods to improve health and wellbeing, manage symptoms and prevent disease.

Please contact Leesa at www.nurtureyourself.com.au more information about how she can help you and your family or to arrange a consultation.

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Thanks to Leesa for her wonderful contribution to our newsletter. We hope to hear more of her wise words in future and if you need more information, please visit her website.

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