073 Q&A: Picky Eaters, Juice Cleansing & How to Drink More Water
You asked, I answered…
What We Talk About:
1. Drinking More Water (When You Don’t Love Water) [Submitted by KbBrown1207]
I don’t love drinking water, either, but I love what it does for me. Here are some of my tips for getting more each day:
- Drink a glass of water as soon as you wake up in the morning.
- Make it convenient. Carry a water bottle with you at all times and keep one at your desk at work.
- Have a big glass of water at every transitional point of the day: when you first get up, just before leaving the house, when you sit down to work, etc.
- Down a full glass several times a day versus trying to sip all day.
- Freeze pieces of lemons, limes or oranges and use them instead of ice cubes.
- Set a goal to drink X amount of water a day, then write it down – along with your reason WHY!
- Drink with a straw – you’ll drink more, and you’ll drink faster. Winner!
- Put reminders into your phone or calendar to drink at regular intervals. Or you can use free apps like Waterlogged and Daily Water help track, store, and analyze your consumption.
- Not ALL of your water has to be cold, of course. Have a warm cup of water and lemon in the morning for extra benefit.
- Go one-for-one with alcohol. When you’re enjoying a cocktail or two, drink a glass of water every alcoholic drink you take down.
- Don’t overdo it – you can drink TOO much water (especially while eating).
2. Picky Eater: I have a very picky eater who won’t eat veggies and only 2 fruits. How can I transform her into a more healthy eater? I have been eating a plant based diet for 3 1/2 years and want to share that with my 6 year old daughter. I worry that she wont get enough calories if I don’t feed her what she likes which usually involves cheese in it. [Submitted by Rutzaida]
I asked you guys! Here are some of your responses as well as tips from 100 Days of Real Food for feeding picky eaters:
- Don’t ask a child what they want – serve them what you know they need. At every meal or snack they need a protein, fat, and carbohydrate (e.g. fruits, vegetables and legumes
- Always provide at least ONE food you know your child likes and serve enough for them to fill up if they choose to eat only that one food.
- Don’t cater to a picky eater, it just prolongs picky eating. If a child says they don’t like a food – keep serving it on a regular basis. Serve what the family enjoys and let the picky eater accommodate to the family’s tastes.
- Let them pick out their own fruits and vegetables at the store or farmers’ market.
- Get them involved in picking out dinner or breakfast recipes and helping you cook the meal.
- Enforce a strict “one-bite rule” that they have to at least try a food and remind them that it won’t hurt them if it tastes bad.
- Do not pressure your kids too much over trying a new food. There is a sweet spot somewhere between not giving up easily and not pushing them too hard. This is why the “one bite rule” works – because it is no surprise when you ask your kids to try at least one bite of something new. You don’t want them to have negative feelings toward food or mealtime. You should know pretty quickly when you’ve started taking things too far.
- Force feeding or asking a child to eat, taste or try a food they don’t want can create super-cautious or resistant behaviors that often get worse over time
- Try putting only one new food on their plate at a time along with other real food that you already know they like.
- Tastes change! Reintroduce foods regularly over time.
- Try hiding vegetables in smoothies, sauces, soups and other dishes. Try this super simple recipe for mashed cauliflower – you can even mix it with mashed potatoes.
- The spiralizer turns veggies into “noodles” – see this and more fun tools in the Amazon store that I created for you with my recommendations
3. Juice Cleansing: Do you do juice cleanses/detoxes? Would you recommend one? [Submitted by Robyn P]
- I have a lot to say in the show about this! And, as the co-owner of Village Juice Co., I’m biased, passionate and experienced. 🙂 We talk about GOOD and BAD reasons to juice cleanse, and how to have a successful cleanse.
- Check out these resources for additional information:
Other Resources Mentioned:
- “I’ve Tried Them All” in iTunes asked for more info on raising a Paleo pet. Check out Robb Wolf or the Fat Burning Man for more info on this topic.
- Coral says, “You may want to mention to type the 3-digit episode number in the search box to look for show notes. I was typing key words such as “juicing” and getting nothing.” Thanks, Coral!
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