Winning the Food Fight: How to Introduce Variety into Your Child's Diet

Excerpts & Samples

By Natalie Rigal

Publisher : Inner Traditions/Bear & Company

ABOUT Natalie Rigal

Natalie Rigal
Natalie Rigal is senior lecturer at the University of Paris at Nanterre, where she teaches developmental child psychology. She lives in Paris.



A child psychologist explains how to teach children to find pleasure in eating not only the foods they like, but also those that are good for them

• Explains the negative attitudes children develop toward food and how to overcome these dietary aversions

• Shows how a child’s natural instinct to experiment can provide the inspiration needed to broaden his or her food tastes

• Translates the latest research in this field into practical suggestions for parents

One of the most common problems faced by parents is how to inspire their children to taste a new food--to try just one bite! Natalie Rigal, a child psychologist who has extensively researched questions of taste, explains the often complex attitudes children bring with them to the dinner table and offers parents creative ways to get children to approach eating with the same curiosity and enthusiasm they display toward other activities. Using her own experiences as well as the latest research in the field, she shows that children’s tastes, which often manifest at a very young age, are connected to an intricate combination of family habits and social influences. She reveals why most children prefer sweet foods to salty ones, familiar foods to new ones, and why children often prefer the meals they share with their grandparents and friends over those with their parents and siblings--and what parents can do about this.

Rigal explains that the aversion children express to most foods can be overcome by learning how to speak with them about what they are going to be eating--not just its flavor, but its consistency, appearance, and the sound it makes when eaten. She shows that encouraging a child’s natural instinct to experiment can provide the inspiration needed to try even those vegetables that are most universally loathed by children such as lima beans, broccoli, and brussels sprouts. Finding pleasure in eating has been shown to be the secret to “why French women don’t get fat.” It is also the secret gateway to getting your children to eat the nutritious foods they need.
“Well researched and thoughtfully presented, Natalie Rigal has given us wonderful ideas for the all-important task of nourishing our children. She shows us how to naturally and gracefully work with young ones so eating becomes both an exploration and a pleasure. Bravo!”
Marc David, author of The Slow Down Diet

“Food is not just our fuel, it’s also the raw material of our bodies and our brains--and particularly that of our children. Natalie Rigal’s book provides a great insight into how to help children discover and learn to love foods that are actually good for them!”
Thom Hartmann, author of The Edison Gene and Attention Deficit Disorder: A Different Perception

"By using the techniques shown in Natalie Rigal's book, you can tap into your child's natural instinct to experiment."
Dhara Lemos, Lotus Guide Magazine, Nov/Dec 2007