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Encouraging your kids to eat their vegetables and try new foods is no easy feat. Perhaps you’ve tried bribing them with dessert, cajoling them with statements like “just take a bite, you might like it,” or tried sneaking vegetables into soups and smoothies, but nothing has worked and you’re ready to give up. In this episode, I’m talking with Jenny Friedman, M.S. a registered dietitian who works with extremely picky eaters and children with severe food aversions, and author of “Stories of Extreme Picky Eating.” Jenny and I talk about the surprising reasons kids won’t eat, sensory issues that can lead to picky eating, and what parents often say that can make picky eating worse. We also talk about what the research shows about getting kids to eat their vegetables and try new foods, and what you can do if you’re really concerned about your picky eater. Be sure to sign up for the free video course, Turn Your Picky Eaters Into Little Foodies: https://www.julierevelant.com/free-video-email-course/.


7:45 What are the most specific and common feeding challenges parents face? 
9:57 What are sensory food aversions?
11:12 What do you think about the ideas in “French Kids Eat Everything” and the differences between French vs. American food culture?
14:03 What parents often say that are ineffective and could make picky eating worse. 
16:11 Common reasons kids won’t eat at meals.
19:19 Can eating too many highly-palatable foods alter kids’ taste preferences and make it harder for them to be open to eating real, whole foods?
21:55 When kids say they don’t like something, or flat out refuse to eat it, what feelings does that stir up in a parent? 
26:09 What research tells us about how to get kids to be healthy eaters.
29:54 Why do kids really need to eat their vegetables? 
31:28 The common mistakes parents make when offering vegetables and new foods.
32:46  The best ways to get kids to eat their vegetables and try new foods.
37:00 When parents are really at their wit’s end or concerned about their child’s diet, eating habits and/or growth, what should they do?
39:18 What is the SOS Approach to Feeding


Jenny mentioned her blog post, What to Do When a Child Refuses to Eat – 8 Simple Solutions
Follow Jenny on Instagram @feedingpickyeaters
Learn more about Jenny at JennyFriedmanNutrition.com
Buy Jenny’s book, “Stories of Extreme Picky Eating
Julie mentioned this study about kids eating vegetables. 
Julie mentioned the book, “French Kids Eat Everything,” by Karen Le Billon.
Julie mentioned the solid wood chopping bowl that encouraged her kids to eat salad. 


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Author Details
Julie Revelant teaches parents how to raise children who are healthy, adventurous eaters. Through blog posts and videos, her goal is to shift the conversation from short-term, problem picky eating to lifelong, healthy eating and healthy futures. Julie has written for FoxNews.com, FIRST for Women magazine, WhatToExpect.com, EverydayHealth.com, RD.com, TheBump.com, Care.com, and Babble.com.