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Instrumental in healing our toddler's food obsession
June 4, 2016
This is a wonderful and practical book, based on compassionate acceptance of our human differences and respect for our little ones who struggle with food. This book was instrumental in healing our toddler's food obsession, as well as the restrictive attitude toward food I had internalized and was modeling for him. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
From infanthood our son was very high on the weight chart and we were instructed to restrict his food. Fast forward two years and our healthy (but naturally robust) toddler was obsessed with food. Always talking about and asking for food even directly after meals, crying and screaming while I would prepare food, gobbling meals so fast he would choke and still crying for more (even when his belly was so full it was physically hard) and trying to take other people's food at social events. It got to the point where I was dreading special occasions, and even got nervous if a book featured food since it would trigger him to focus on eating. I desperately searched the internet and found Dr. Rowell's blog, then this book. I ordered it immediately and read it cover to cover.
It's now been two months since we began following her methods, and my son is like a different child. He was so serious and cautious when his mind was on food, and now he's able to relax and be playful, even going for hours without mentioning eating. When he does eat, he no longer gobbles like he's starving, and is able to stop when he's full. Using the gentle techniques outlined in this book and thoughtfully reexamining the beliefs we held toward food and weight, we were able to instill an abundance mindset in our home. Our healthy, sweet little boy no longer obsesses about food, and thankfully, we don't have to either.