Saturday, August 6, 2016
Early Experiences with Food
My niece is the pickiest eater I have ever seen, hands down. I had thought I had been a nuisance never trying new foods and always making my mom cut the crusts off but this little girl takes the cake. Her diet consists of Carnation instant breakfast, cream of wheat, cookies, chips, and candy. The most baffling aspect of her diet is that the doctors say that it's fine as long as she's drinking the carnation shakes but she's going into kindergarten soon and I worry. The teacher and students are going to think we don't take care of her but how do you force feed a four year old in a humane way? Now how is this relevant to this motivation course? Well we have learned that early experience with food interact with innate preferences. Whatever mom eats while she's pregnant with the baby works to shape the baby's palate. The studies have shown that women who eat a healthy diet while pregnant have an easier time introducing healthy foods into the child's diet later on in development. Taste is 90 percent smell and the smell of foods are passed to the baby through the amniotic fluid, scientists were able to discover this by smelling the amniotic fluid of mothers who consumed garlic. I can recall plenty of instances when my brother's girlfriend was pregnant where she was eating junk food. There was one instance that I can recall that of all the things she could have chosen to have she chose powdered donuts. She also didn't introduce solid foods until way later instead of offering peas and cereals to play with, chew on, and just explore to understand. My experiences with my niece and the knowledge I have gained has taught me how important those early years are in shaping who that person is going to be. At 5 years old my niece is not open minded enough to try even french fries and it's such a shame knowing had her mom just been more open minded herself we could have a child that enjoys fruits and veggies. Too bad this class isn't on reconstructing bad habits.