Most of us love eating the same foods over and over and OVER again and I’ve noticed as I get older, my food choices are even more repetitive.
I eat like a toddler – small frequent meals made up of the same handfuls of foods – and I am perfectly happy like this.
My kids do this too. They get used to eating their favourite foods for months but then their desire for a particular food will just stop. They don’t actually tell me they don’t like that particular food anymore. I end up figuring it out after the 17th juicy red apple remains untouched in their lunchbox.
There is a clinical term for this, which I learned when my son who has autism and associated food sensitivities was doing food therapy (which sadly didn’t work for him). It’s called “food fatigue”, which isn’t a problem for most kids because they will simply replace that newly rejected food with something else.
Bananas instead of apples. Crackers instead of pretzels. Wraps instead of sandwiches.
"Wraps instead of sandwiches." Image: iStock.
With other kids, those with a more discerning palate (fussy eaters) it can be really annoying. Some days you haven't had time to go shopping.
Some days you don't have a perfectly ripe banana to go with their sandwich.
But I've been dealing with the INSANITY of child food preferences for almost 13 years now. I have three children aged 12, eight and seven whom I have successfully fed all that time.