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    Default For those that don't give their kids juice...

    Do you consider V8 a juice.

    The reason I ask is miss 5 has gone off her food again, but has discovered she likes V8 juices. I don't usually give juice but I had a couple of poppers in the cupboard and she drinks them like lolly water.

    So if your child had stopped eating, would you let them have a V8 veg and fruit juice, or just give water and keep offering food in the hope that she starts to eat again soon.

    The food struggles have been going on for a long time, but because her weight and height are all normal if not above average the Dr just isn't concerned. It is a battle that I'm losing and it is really putting a strain on the evenings, which usually end up with miss 5 in tears and inconsolable.

    Any other ideas would be great if anyone has any

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    Hi,
    I like the v8 juices. However with the situation that you have described I personally wouldn't give them to her. It's like substituting her food with a yummy drink, if that makes sense.

    With the food issue, (not sure if this is what you are after) I would organise 3 meals and 2 snacks a day. Let her help you in the preperation of the food and make it a relaxed time. Once she has finished eating (regardless of how much or if she has any at all) move it away and wait until the next snack or meal time to offer something else. If she is hungry in between casually tell her the earlier food is still there if she is hungry. Eventually she WILL eat. Just remember to keep it relaxed and not to make a fuss about it. Stick to a plan and follow it.

    Let her come to the shops and pick some yummy foods and help pay for them. Get her excited and interested in food.

    Anyway not sure if you have tried this but it's the method we use in our house and it works

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    It would depend on the ratio of vegetable juice to fruit juice. Vege juice would be fine but fruit juice is obviously full of fructose.

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    I give jasper Homemade fruit smoothies for similar reason. He helps make them, he loves them and i know whats in it. Im tempted to through babies cubes of puree veg into them to sneak some veggies in

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    I wouldn't

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    Ok I should probably explain our situation better.

    She eats between breakfast and lunch, quite well. Usually porridge and toast and heaps of fruit. The afternoons have always been a struggle for both snacks and dinner this also coincides with her horrible whingy behaviour, which I am sure is do with lacking in essential nutrients. Her vege intake is nil, like none... She refuses meat 99% of the time also, doesn't like pasta, rice, legumes, pulses etc.

    My doctor says to not worry, but it's the burn out of energy in the afternoon that causes the bad behaviour and then the battle over dinner begins. I am just lost. She is so stubborn, and I am so over dinner time. Some nights it is just awful. It also impacts the other kids eating their meals and having a peaceful family meal.

    I also try to involve her in cooking which she loves, she just wont eat it.

    I also get her to help at the shops and explain what ingredients we need and why, which she also loves but again she just wont eat.

    I am just at a complete loss as to how to handle it, because softly doesn't work, getting hard on her makes her hate dinner time, changing meal times doesn't work, positive reinforcement doesn't work, and I am beginning to worry about her health eg. tantrums, energy levels, concentration for school next year etc.

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    How frustrating for you!

    If she is more receptive to eating in the morning, could you try giving her a cooked breakfast? Will she eat eggs? lots of good stuff in eggs... or homemade breakfast rissoles? Homemade hash browns?

    You could just start with them plain, then gradually add small amounts of vegies etc.

    Not only would she be getting more nutrients into her diet, but it would go a long way towards helping with her afternoon crashes I think.

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    If she happily eats breakfast and lunch why dont you give the same things for snacks and dinner?

    I have given up trying to encourage DS1 to eat different foods so its the same ole stuff day in and day out but he loves it so I am not complaining. I was dreading mealtimes as we would always get so upset and I just dont want that anymore.

    I am sure as he gets older and starts hanging out with friends more that he will try different things.

    Like at school they made pizza in the kitchen....and he ate it! It was amazing.

    To answer your question....the juice would be great as a snack but not a meal. But its really about whatever works for you.

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    Is she tired? If I try & feed my ds too late in the day he is dreadful. He often eats dinner at 5pm (he's nearly 6 years old).

    My ds & vegies are not best friends either. I'm trying everything. He will eat mushrooms and tomatoes some times and he's getting a bit better at eating some potato. I'm going to start our vegie patch soon and hopefully that will help in the coming months.

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    I feed jasper a late afternoon snack around 4:30-5pm because dinner is always a bust. If he hasn't eaten he'll just end up in tears and won't eat dinner anyway.

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