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Stories of Extreme Picky Eating: Children with Severe Food Aversions and the Solutions That Helped Them

Stories of Extreme Picky Eating: Children with Severe Food Aversions and the Solutions That Helped Them

by Jennifer Friedman


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Discover the Strategies That Helped the Most Extreme Picky Eaters and That Can Help Your Picky Eater, Too

“Is this normal picky eating stuff, or is there more going on here?” It’s a question many parents worry about, and the same question one mom asked Jennifer Friedman in a session about her son Ryder, who struggled to eat more than chicken nuggets and french fries. In Stories of Extreme Picky Eating, Jennifer invites you into her nutritional therapy office to meet real kids struggling with serious food aversions, and learn the strategies that helped them come to eat a wider variety of nutritious foods with more ease.

You’ll meet Jackson, an eight-year-old whose diet used to consist entirely of packaged fruit and veggie puree pouches, milk and crackers. You’ll meet Ruby, a bright and bubbly seven-year-old, who ate little more than sugar-laden baked goods and packaged snacks, and who struggled with an extremely sensitive gag reflex. And you’ll meet five more children whose stories are as fascinating to read as they are enlightening to reveal the root causes of picky eating.

Backed by cutting-edge research—and including kid-friendly activities and intervention plans—this book will help you understand the complex issues that drive children’s picky eating habits, and implement key strategies that can set them on the path to enjoying a more diverse, nutritious diet.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781645671923
Publisher: Page Street Publishing
Publication date: 09/29/2020
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 567,719
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Jennifer Friedman, MS, RD, is a registered dietician who specializes in supporting extreme picky eaters and their families. Known for her playful and practical approach, Jennifer is a leading resource for tips and advice about picky eating through her website,, and on social media. She lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Table of Contents

Introduction 7

Author's Note 11

Part 1 Individual Case Studies 13

Chapter 1 Pouches, Please!-A Child Who Only Eats Fruit and Vegetable Puree Pouches 15

Activity: Tastes Test 47

Chapter 2 Can't Touch That!-A Child Who Is Sensitive to Everything 49

Activity: Sensory Play Bins 75

Chapter 3 He'd Like Fries with That-A Child Who Lives on Nuggets and French Fries 77

Activity: Building Food Bridges 101

Chapter 4 Can I Get a Lunch Pass?-A Child Who Can't Eat at School 105

Activity: Food for Fun 129

Chapter 5 Pizza Party-A Child Who Eats Pizza for Dinner Every Night 133

Activity: Grocery Games 154

Chapter 6 Double Trouble-Picky Eater Siblings 157

Activity: Discovering Dips 180

Chapter 7 A Table for One-? Child Who Eats Alone 185

Activity: Comfortable Cooking with a Timid Eater 210

Part 2 Intervention Plans 215

Ten Tips for Successfully Introducing New Foods 216

Chapter 8 What Meals Should Look Like 219

Selecting and Serving New Foods 228

Chapter 9 Strategies for introducing New Food to the Most Extreme Picky Eaters 231

Chapter 10 Encouraging Kids to Eat and interact with New Foods 235

Endnotes 246

Acknowledgments 252

About the Author 253

Index 254

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