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No Nutrition is Good Nutrition

August 7, 2013

Eat a varied diet. That’s the mantra in the Fussy household. If you eat peanut butter for breakfast, there is no peanut butter for lunch. There’s just one granola bar per day. Milk is liquid food and isn’t intended to wash down everything that goes into your pie hole.

The idea here is that by eating lots of different foods, over the course of the day you’ll get most of what you need to thrive.

Except Mrs. Fussy noticed something rather jarring recently. Despite these mantras of a varied diet the kids were still consuming precious few servings of fruits and vegetables.

I blamed two things. One, the stress and strain of the move; especially the desire to eat through some of our pantry staples. And two, the absence of a CSA subscription which supplied the family with a shocking amount of produce last year.

Luckily for them, Mrs. Fussy had a plan. Unfortunately, I left it in Pennsylvania.

The Fussy Little Children respond really well to minor rewards. Luckily for us, they don’t consider star stickers to be minor rewards. Naturally, the gold ones are far more valuable than the silver ones.

Anyhow, Mrs. Fussy found some age and weight appropriate charts that dictated the number of fruit servings and the number of vegetable servings that the kids should be eating each day. After every serving they would mark it off on the chart. Then if they made their daily goal, they would get a coveted shiny star.

Young Master Fussy was particularly driven, and at dinner time he would sit down to side after side of vegetable in order to fulfil his minimum quota for the day.

His will power was impressive.

Seriously, good for Mrs. Fussy. It’s an admirable goal. And truly, I would like to be eating more vegetables overall. But man, it’s even harder on the road. After dessert last night, I realized the kids didn’t have a single vegetable between them all day.

Cheerios with milk
Rice krispy treat (him)
Chocolate whipped cream (her)
M&M cookie
Meatballs (no pasta, just balls)
Ice cream

Oops. Tomorrow, I’ll try and do better. And speaking of making mistakes, I’m pretty sure that today was supposed to be the next version of Ask the Profussor. Things get a little bit off kilter when on the road. Thanks for your patience. I haven’t forgotten about my commitments. But I may be shaky on what day of the week it is on any given day.

Vacation can do that to you.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 7, 2013 11:45 pm

    I look at my kids as tiny little furnaces. As long as you keep the furnaces burning hot (activity/exercise) you needn’t concern yourself with day or two lapses in dietary judgement…

  2. August 11, 2013 10:37 pm

    Mrs. Fussy is genius. If my mother had done that, much like Young Master Fussy, I would have been ALL OVER IT. I’ve always had a deep competitive streak. :)

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