Here’s a Caesar Salad success story to inspire. It represents hope, happiness and, I have to say, a lot of hard work. Change ain’t easy.
Have you ever just wished you could serve salad for dinner? That was my client’s dream. A salad. Something she’d like to eat—for once! And she didn’t want to go the parents-and-kids-separate-meals route. I bet you can relate. This is the story of how she successfully introduced her son to caesar salad.
What ended up on this boy’s plate didn’t really look like a caesar salad.
No photo, sorry. I can tell you, though, that there was no lettuce. However, there were most of the other components…plus dressing. And you know what? That’s good enough, for now.
It’s time to do the Happy Dance!
Seven Steps to Caesar Salad
Step One: Have the talk. And then have it again. And again, as needed. (See below for details on having The Talk.)
Step Two: Practice the Rotation Rule using foods the child already eats to establish the mindset for variety and lay the foundation for new food acceptance.
Step Three: Practice exploring new foods.
Step Four: Practice exploring new foods some more.
Step Five: Watch your child slowly start to eat new foods, like eggs, chicken tenders, hamburger buns with sesame seeds. Sesame seed!
Step Six: Serve a deconstructed caesar salad. Add elements that aren’t typically associated with caesar salad but which your son enjoys. Provide opportunities for taste testing and more salad customization.
Step Seven: Pick your jaw up off the floor as your son serves himself a sort-of salad.
Yes, it took like a lot. Start to Caesar, the process took about 2 years.
But if it were easy, everyone would do it!
Have you had a success story? Share it in the comments.
The talk recognizes the difficulties, frustrations, pains and disappointments from the child’s perspective. It establishes, or rather, re-establishes a sense of trust and strives to identify and eliminate points of pressure.
The talk almost always starts with some kind of parental apology: “I’m sorry I’ve made you eat food.” “I’m sorry that I’ve pressured you into trying foods you didn’t want to try.” “I’m not going to do that anymore.” And then the talk switches the focus from food/eating to how the parents are going to help the child learn vital skills, like coping with unfamiliar foods.
Catch the habitude!
~Changing the conversation from nutrition to habits.~