Recording the foods that your fussy eater eats – and doesn’t eat – through a food diary can be very helpful, both for you and your health professional. From getting a holistic picture of what is making it into their mouth, to seeing patterns of interaction and progress, a food diary is a window into your child’s eating habits and how these are impacting their nutrient intake.
There are food diary apps available, and many will tell you the macronutrient breakdown of the food intake. This includes the carbs, fats and proteins.
Manually recording a food diary is another option, and it doesn’t have to be time consuming or stressful. Simply make a few notes after every meal and snack throughout the day, recording foods they did eat and how much (for example one bite or a whole carrot) and which foods they didn’t eat, including any interaction they did have, such as touching, putting up to their mouth, licking it, or even if they threw it off their plate!
A food diary will show a health professional what your child’s nutrient intake is like, and allows for an assessment of both macro and micronutrients, patterns that exist or are forming, and where the ideal opportunities are to introduce new foods.
I can work with you to make the most of your child’s food diary to support them through their fussy eating stage. If you’re in the Brisbane area, visit me in the city for a consultation.