There are snack gremlins in my house. They are constantly eating all of my apples, pizza rolls, cheese sticks, crackers, corn dogs, and anything else they can get their hands on. These gremlins are my children. They are eating garbage and refuse to eat veggies (well, most of them). And it is time for a change.
I’ve decided to institute the Eat It or Starve Movement.
The rules are simple:
- Eat the meals the I make, when I make them.
- Snacks are permitted at the discretion of mommy.
- Meals and snacks will be REAL FOOD and not quick “heat and eat” types of things.
- There will be veggies served at lunch and dinner.
- You don’t have to finish your meal, but you get nothing until the next meal.
There has been quite a bit of push back since the beginning of the Eat It or Starve Movement. Liam has yet to finish an entire meal – even ones that he likes like cheesy eggs for breakfast. Eliza will at least try everything once. In fact she finishes what the boys don’t eat if she likes it. London needs a full reprogramming. He has been operating on such a snack/junk schedule for so long that he is never hungry when we sit down for meals. He will run around talking about his tummy rumbling for hours and then when I serve dinner he might take 2 bites and then declares he is full.
What I’m Cooking (and They’re Eating!)
I have been trying to cook a variety of food so that the kids start to expand their horizons. I made us pumpkin and oatmeal muffins to start off the week for breakfasts. We’ve done a lot of ham and cheese roll ups and PB&J for lunch but they are all accompanied by some fruit, yogurts, ants on a log, and sliced cucumber.
Dinner is where the real challenge has been. I lucked into some AMAZING sales at Safeway this weekend where meat was 30-50% off! This makes it absolutely affordable for me to load up. I have tried serving stew, chicken and rice casserole, and pork chops and the boys are rejecting everything. The struggle is real.
I do make sure that there is something that each of them will eat (a roll or fruit usually) at every meal. We don’t force them to join the Clean Plate Club, but we want them to try new things. It hasn’t all been bad. My daughter had an amazing response to her first bite of cauliflower (to her knowledge)! Thumb’s Up!
Join the Movement
I have had a lot of friends tell me that I have inspired them to try doing Eat It or Starve with their kids and I would love for you to join us! Share your pictures and stories on social media with the hashtag #EatItOrStarve and tag me @CCHCblog so I can see how your progress is going!
Tell me your surprising wins and devastating fails.
I want to hear about the kids who ate nothing but rolls for a week and the kid who thinks that veggies are as good as candy.
Do you have a slip up and eat out all weekend because you just can’t even? THAT’S OKAY! We’re human and can help each other get back on the track.
Share your meal plan and shopping tips with the rest of us because I need all the help I can get!
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