We are a foodie family with an extreme picky eater as a child 

We are a foodie family with an extreme picky eater as a child 


We are a foodie family. There is no exaggeration to this statement. I breathe food: I cook it, eat it, write about it, share it. It’s my job! My husband is a restaura

teur and my daughter has been eating Moules Frites since the age of two. In her “get to know your student better” questionnaire created by her K2 teacher; she was asked what her favorite food was. She looked at me with a “what a hard question, I love everything!” (Insert eye roll emoji here). 

My son on the other hand, stopped eating at the age of 18 months. He went from eating all sorts of global cuisines to just a few items. Doctors always said to not bother and to not make a big deal. “He’ll go back to normal after a few months, all kids go through this stage!” Which is true. They all do! Even my daughter did but she bounced back to normality after a month and she was on a roll again. 

So WTF happened? I don’t know. I try to trace back events that happened and I get nothing. So for the past two years I have been my son’s personal short order chef. 

After eating only cheese, Zaatar and moghrabieh (semolina balls drenched in a caraway and cinnamon meat stock) started getting old. And his refusal of more food reaching an all time high,  I decided to see several feeding specialists. With the help of friends, I finally found one who seemed to have nailed it! The reason for his rejection of food was clearer now. The relief I felt was so nice. 

Apparently, my little boy who walked at nine months with super motor skills was now being told that his oral motor skills were crap. This was definitely not a case Doc Mc Stuffin could handle. In simpler terms, his mouth sends negative signals to his brain saying “this food is foreign material, ABORT!” And with time, now his brain is sending negative signals to his mouth creating an anxiety over food. This sux. This totally sux. But at least I now know and I can understand him better. 

So, although everyone tells me to stop catering to his preferences and to just starve him (which we have done before) this doesn’t work with a picky eater like Ryan. He requires daily mouth exercises with daily feeding therapy which I am doing. 

He is slowly getting better. Till he does, I will continue to cater to his picky eating by hiding nutritious food into the few things he does eat and hope that he will eat it. Sometimes he does and other times he picks up on my feeding tricks. It’s hard work. 

One thing is sure, my boy loves Zaatar, check out what I do with it in my video posted here and on my Instagram channel @onceuponapot

And if you are going through the same thing as I am, let’s connect! And if you know of any feeding therapists in Dubai then please let me know!