You’ll be as horrified as we were.
The world’s gone crackers.
Thrown common sense out the window in anticipation of the holiday season.
Crackers in readiness for the crackers.
That’s the only explanation I can find for a headline like this.
“Want to lose weight? Eat like a baby! Nutritionist insists a toddler’s mealtime behaviour is the most effective way to diet.”
Your mind immediately creates a picture of grown women flinging spaghetti at the wall, slobbering over gummed up bits of cruskits. Guzzling litres of milk at a time and then demanding MORE BOT BOT NOW.
The demand for baby chinos would go through the roof as we all swapped our daily caffeine fix for a $1.50 pot of froth and a marshmallow.
Mashed banana with a side serving of an Arnott’s arrowroot?
And just think about how handy those Thermomixes would be? All that pureeing, the carrot, the sweet potato.
The problem is that this is a genuine recommendation from a nutritionist on a reputable US news program.
There is some sense in her thinking.
When did you last allow your two-year old to skip dinner in favour of a few Tim-tams and a cold glass of Sav Blanc?
Who among us joins me in preparing nutritious healthy meals for our kids, only to pick at their leftovers instead of facing the sheer exhaustion that comes with cooking another meal?
Breakfast for my kids is either eggs three ways (one wants soft boiled, one wants poached, another scrambled), toast three ways (one vegemite, one jam, one peanut butter) or porridge (yep, three ways.)
Me – I grab a large double shot skinny cappuccino after drop off and lick the chocolate from the lid in desperation.
I’m actually not sure I can remember the last time I ate lunch and dinner that wasn't leftovers.
I fuel my 3.20am till 10pm hours (yep you read that right) with caffeine and dark chocolate.
So when you get past the ridiculous headline, you can see that some of what Nicolette Pace says makes sense. Her main concept is that eat when you are hungry (like toddlers) and eat well (feed yourself like you would feed your child).