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Sit-down meals and sit-down snacks
between meals are essential for
of yourself and other family members. Have food you enjoy-the cook has privileges. For you to keep up the day-in-day-out commitment to family meals, the food has to be rewarding for you to plan, prepare and eat. Meals have to be your idea-not just offered when somebody asks for something to eat. Be considerate of other family members, but don't cater to them. Don't try to please every eater with every food at every meal. Settle for providing each eater with one or two foods they generally enjoy at each meal.
Include 4 or 5 foods: Meat or other protein; a couple of starchy foods, such as rice, potatoes, bread or tortillas; fruit or vegetable or both; butter, salad dressing or gravy; and milk.
Don't limit the menu to foods that are readily accepted.
will learn to like new food if you match a familiar food with an unfamiliar one, a generally liked food with one that isn't liked as much. Always put bread on the table-family members can eat bread if all else fails.
other family members
pick and choose from foods that are on the table. Don't try to persuade, entice, encourage, or cheer-lead them to eat anything they don't want to eat.
Don't short-order cook or put substitutes on the table. Family members who aren't excited by today's meal will get lucky some other time.
Remember Ellyn Satter's
division of responsibility in feeding:
You do the what, when and where of feeding; other family members do the how much and whether of eating.
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