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Picky Eaters: Is it healthy to be normal?

How many times in your life have you been told that something which concerned you was “normal”–even though you felt it wasn’t healthy? Have you ever been told not to worry about a health concern that you were sure just wasn’t right?

I’m over here raising my hand. Yes, yes, a thousand times yes. Well, maybe not a thousand. But many significant times.

This is similar to the post about the impossible: Just because a practitioner or a modality does not have an answer for it does not make it impossible.

And, just because something is normal does not make it healthy. A lot of people suffering from it does not mean that it is healthy or that you have to suffer also.

For instance, it is commonly advised that nursing mothers not worry about how frequently their babies poop because infrequent stool is common. [1] Same with diaper blowouts. [2]

And how many of us parents have heard that someone is just a picky eater?

Story #1

When my third child was a few years old, he radically reduced his dietary preferences. Luckily, I had a few things going in my favor:

  • I had read an article in which it was said that the average person requires 12 taste exposures before accepting or even liking a novel taste. I tried it out with my older picky eaters–they had to eat 3 bites of a novel food. One kid took about 8 exposures before some of her old “no way” meals became favorites, and the other kid took about 16 exposures before he started asking for curry. So I knew at that point that exposure was a key.
  • My naturopath told me kids naturally get pickier between ages 3-5 and that the key was to continue presenting them with a range of foods and to not label them as, “Oh, Johnny only eats _____.”
  • I was drawn to learn about what is now one of my favorite modalities, Gemmos, and I studied with Lauren Hubele, who focuses strongly on digestive health as foundational to all health. If we are not eliminating properly, our body will use “emergency exits” like skin, mucus, etc. And Lauren declared what all other practitioners had denied to me for all those years of child-rearing: blowouts are an indication of digestive issues, and even breastfed babies should poop multiple times a day. [3]

The end to that story is that I did all three of the above, and within two months, my latest picky eater was eating very healthy foods and went from insisting on only the mildest flavors to being a flavor maniac.

So, what does this have to do with a dog, Pamela?! I’m getting to it!

Story #2

We brought a Great Dane into our family a year ago. It’s a dream come true for me. I’ve wanted one for soooo long.

Me and my pup. Comic book style because people always exclaim, “Scooby Doo!!!”

I’m going to shorten this section of his story to tell you that his digestive system was touchy! He could not change between foods without getting loose stool, and as a result he was very reluctant to eat a varied diet. There were numerous reasons why that was a problem. But, guess what all the experts told me? They said, “Great Danes are picky eaters.”

Now, you know me well enough to know whether that caused me to say, “Oh, okay, I guess there is nothing I can do about that!” or …. “Let’s just see about that!”

I sought the advice of two colleagues who are experts in Gemmos for dogs and started him on just a drop/day of Fig, then added Silver Lime. Then moved to twice daily. No change.

I had had Walnut in the back of my mind for a while when I came across this amazing, fantastic, incredible resource about dog poop. With pictures!! I’m not kidding. Not illustrations. Photos. [4]. From that, Walnut was confirmed, so I added a drop or two to his daily SL / Fig combo [I just put them all in a bottle and gave him a few drops twice daily].

Within a couple of weeks, two things happened–his poop changed from all yellow to half yellow [first half was brown, second half was yellow, and ideal is all brown] + we no longer had to doctor his food in order to get him to eat it.

I left him at that number of daily drops for a month but there was no further improvement, so then I doubled it. And voila! He can change foods. Not always eagerly, and not without a tiny bit of digestive disturbance, but we are in early stages yet and I suspect that before long, it’ll be a thing of the past. And, his poop is the right color and consistency, so I know he is digesting it better and that is a huge relief, especially considering that he is still so young and growing.

Now, let me be clear, I did not artificially create some sort of food acceptance thing or suppression of symptoms. I helped his gut heal.

And with a healthier gut comes healthier food choices and healthier nutrient absorption and assimilation. Plus a lot more ease and pleasure. The health benefits going forward are likely more numerous than I can even anticipate.

Oh, how I love proving people wrong, especially about health constraints!

So if you answered “yes” to the questions at the beginning, I’m here to raise my fist in the air for you. And if you kept searching, I’m here to applaud you for looking for answers, for seeking second opinions, for not accepting “don’t worry” as an answer when your gut is sure you should. I am here to shout, “Hurrah!” for not equating common, which is what “normal” is, with healthy. For seeking a level of health that is optimal for you.

And if you want my help to solidify your health, YES! BOOK HERE and let’s get started!

[1] Link to a simple google search.
[2] Link to a simple google search on blowouts. Nothing about them being unhealthy–just how to prevent them with tighter diapers LOL!
[3] FYI — Gemmos are part of what I include in my packages to help nourish the tissues and build a strong foundation of health. Imagine the importance of being able to actually access and absorb the nutrients our musculoskeletal system needs! My goal is not just to get you performing better now but to keep you in top health into retirement. Life does go on, if we’re lucky!
[4] Bookmark this if you have a dog!

Just after I wrote this post, a story showed up in my news feed about a teenager who literally went blind from having a diet that was not adequate. Here’s the link.

The day after I wrote this blog, our puppy got crazy sick from eating a washcloth and a rotten carcass. That was more than two months ago, and his road to repair has been enlightening, to say the least! Comment below if you have any questions about that journey to give me an idea of what aspects I might include in other posts.

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