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Fussiness or the paradox of the omnivore

😋😋😋My 6Yo daughter is currently learning about carnivores, herbivores and omnivores and she finds it all fascinating, leading to many funny conversations around the dinner table. This gave me the idea about this little post as we are all, to different degrees, fussy when it comes to food. And that is the very contradiction of our condition as omnivores. 

1. It is all about freedom

Being omnivores gives us a huge amount of freedom compared to our "specialised" counterparts. Indeed we can subsist on many different diets and many different types of food. An eskimo (mainly meat and fat) does not eat the same as a farmer from South East Asia (mainly plants) and they are both doing fine, adapting to their environment.

2. But we need variety

Biologically, we do not "know" how to extract all the nutrients we need from one single source, the way the koala does it from eucalyptus for example. We need a minimum of variety (proteins, carbs, vitamins, minerals, etc) for our body and mind to function. This pushes us to diversification, innovation, exploration and change in our eating habits.

3. And this variety, we fear, may kill us

Indeed every single new, unknown food is a potential danger. Thousands of years of evolution have ingrained that fear in our human DNA. And this is what, paradoxically, leads us to conservatism, precaution, resistance in the face of something new in our plates.

4. Now just imagine that fear in the mind of a 2 year old

Which is just at the exact same time as some need some extra independence  And then you have it: dinner table battles. 

We all go through it with our little ones with varying degrees. We just need to help them keep an open-mind, give them some choices in the matter, and most importantly lead by example. Copying is the only form of learning your little one is used to at this age.  So if he/she is not sharing the same meal as you, it will be very difficult for him/her to tuck in and try new things.

This is the very reason why our meals come for one-year-old toddlers all the way to 99-year-old grand-pa. So that you can all sit down (even if you have only a very small portion while you'll have the rest with your partner later on), and share the same dinner. So that your little one sees you eating the same thing. So that you can casually demonstrate that it is ok to eat this new Chicken & Veg Meatballs or Chickpea & Spinach Stew with lots of suspicious coloured bits in it.  

From our kitchen to your table, our nutrient-dense, balanced and delicious meals are delivered every week.

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Created On  1 Jul 2019 8:00  -  Permalink


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