A common catch 22 situation among the parents of fussy eaters is that they would rather see their child eat anything, even if it’s not nutritious, than let them go hungry. This is understandable but if the habit continues for a long period of time it can result in the child becoming more demanding about the foods they eat.
There are several things as a parent you can try, hypnotherapist Penny Ling advises making mealtimes a more enjoyable experience.
“Don’t allow mealtimes to become a battle of wills and create a healthy eating environment to start with. Eat meals as a family at the table, as children see adults eating a wide variety of foods and often will want to try them themselves. Always offer the healthy option first and have plenty of fruit and vegetables to hand.”
Read more about how Penny uses hypnotherapy to help fussy eaters.
If you’re at the point where you need support, you may want to consider hypnotherapy. Hypnotherapy for fussy eaters can be extremely effective. The idea is that the hypnotherapist will help your child retrain their subconscious mind in the same way hypnosis can erase a smoking habit.
Hypnotherapy in this case can be great fun as children have vast imaginations and can picture any given scenario with far more ease than an adult.
The hynotherapist will introduce the child to some sort of imaginative scenario, for instance the child adventures into the woods and to visit all the towns people. Whilst there they are treated to a number of different and diverse feasts. Because they felt like they should be a polite guest, they try each of the foods and are surprised to find that they enjoyed most of them.
“Children tend to be easier and quicker to relax once a good rapport has been established. Unlike adults, children are mostly unaware of the usual misconceptions and myths surrounding hypnotherapy and respond to change better, without question.” Hypnotherapist Les Roberts explains why hypnotherapy can be effective for children.