If Fussy Eating Was an Olympic Sport

In case you may have missed it, the world’s fastest man, the aptly named Usain Bolt, has hung up his winged boots for good. This led to a flurry of Bolt related tweets in my timeline this week, celebrating the man’s epic achievements. In the midst of the awe inspiring displays of human anatomy and cheeky celebrations, this one image caught my eye.


White background, glaring red lines. Where had I seen this before???

You see, it all seemed so familiar to me. I was wracking my brains all that day until like a bolt of lightning (nope, not sorry!) it hit me! I had seen this list before, the angry red lines identical, proclaiming not drug cheats but to a parent something even more sinister. The image danced in front of my weary eyes on a daily basis. It was simply put, the list that named the foods I’ve tried to get my 6 year old to eat. As you can see below, it’s quite the list. Also, if I’m being perfectly honest, this doesn’t even cover half the foods I’ve tried to get her to eat. I’ve spoken about fussy eating at length before and all the attempts I’ve made at correcting said fussy eating.

List highlighting fussy eating


Have you ever heard about how kids with Down Syndrome are stubborn? Well, there’s a reason stereotypes are what they are. I have spent the last few years bending over backwards trying to get Mini to eat a well-balanced diet. One full of brain boosting super foods that would help her out where she needed help the most. But oh no, this little lady didn’t get the memo. It’s a phase they said. Be grand they said, she’ll get over it and leave the fussy eating days behind. Well I’m slowly coming to the realisation that when a parent/expert tells you it’s a phase, 8 times out of 10 they’re talking out their arses. Like when parents of older kids lie to you and say it’ll get easier.

Spoiler alert- It doesn’t!!

Sure, they eventually learn to wipe their own arses and sleep through the night (though maybe not always in their own beds) but these simple problems are replaced by more complex ones. Or sometimes, they don’t go away at all. It’s one of the most frustrating things I’ve had to learn how to deal with as a parent. And rather than her little sister helping to jolt Mini out of beige land and into healthy eating territory, the opposite has happened. Mini-Mini has become more picky though she will still eat meat. That girl is a real carnivore. But veg? Forget it!! That’s right.

Now to my mind, Usain Bolt is Potato Waffles. And just as he is determined to be the best, so my first born seems determined never to eat another type of dinner. But as we’ve seen this week, even champions have to call it a day sometime and so I carry on in the hope that one day I may prevail.


4 thoughts on “If Fussy Eating Was an Olympic Sport

  1. Not just down syndrome, many disabilities seem to coexist with eating a limited diet. I have had some issues here with all 3 of my children: one now eats more healthily than me. One will only choose red mashed food (ketchup) and brown dessert (chocolate) – anything green has to be hidden.

    And the third child believes everything on the internet and you really don’t want to know what that’s doing to the diet!!!

    1. Very true!I just see that ‘tunnel vision’ with Mini. All she wants is waffles. Nothing else. It gets disheartening!

  2. My third daughter with no special needs ate sausage and pasta for about four years, every day. No sauce, no veg. I didn’t really get too fussed as she was healthy and thriving, but it was so boring and lots of others were very upset about it! (She’s a good eater now but she’s 19).
    BTW I read this last night. It’s a very interesting post written by the mother of a child with autism about why she doesn’t eat certain foods, all told in her your daughters own words. https://faithmummy.wordpress.com/2017/08/07/the-reason-i-dont-like-to-eat/

    1. Wow, such an interesting article. Thanks so much for sharing it Tric. And thanks for more reassurance about fussy eaters. It does make me feel better!

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