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3 Ways to Prevent a Picky Eater with Dr. Michelle Levitt

Jordan: Hi, I’m Jordan Rubin and welcome to
Ancient Medicine Today where we teach you how to use food as medicine. And speaking of food, I’m here with childhood
obesity expert, Dr. Michelle Levitt who has a mission to see our children’s health transformed. And we’re going to talk about how to get our
kids healthy but when we do, we get a typical comment and question. “But my kid, son or daughter, is a picky eater.” So as you work in a hospital setting dealing
with childhood obesity, dealing with parents of obese and overweight children, you talked
about statistics, 33% or one-third of children are overweight, 17% are obese. So clearly, we’ve got to infuse them with
good foods. But what happens when we have a picky eater? So on today’s program which is going to be
unlike any we’ve ever done, we’re going to talk about three ways to prevent a picky eater,
I guess from being picky, and three ways to get your picky eater to eat healthy. I have six children, you have two children,
you start counting numbers and you’re bound to have a picky eater. I have eaters that are pickier than others
and some “I’ll eat anything.” But truthfully, every kid is picky to some
extent. They like what they like. So we’re going to talk about that today. So if you’re somebody who has a picky eater
as a child or a husband, yes, I’m going to pick on you guys because we are guilty at
times, go ahead and let us know about it. Say, “Yes, I have three picky eaters, what
do I do?” We’re going to tell you what to do and Dr.
Levitt not only has her own kids, but she helps advise others on how to get their kids
over the hump from unhealthy to healthy. So let’s get started. Oh my goodness, during pregnancy? I never thought about kids so during pregnancy,
we can prevent a picky eater baby? Dr. Levitt: Yes, yes. So actually, during pregnancy, the mom’s food
preferences are actually transmitted to the baby so it’s really important how you eat
during pregnancy because it will be imprinted on the baby’s genome and then it will set
them up for . . . Jordan: That is awesome and amazing and scary
because we know that a lot of moms have cravings and when you’re not feeling well, expectant
moms, you want to eat what you want to eat. So be careful. Make sure that you’re putting things in your
body that you want your kids to eat later. Why? Because that’s a hard time for somebody to
start a health kick so to speak. So the best thing to do is before you get
pregnant start eating healthy so that you don’t all of a sudden have to eat more broccoli
when you’re pregnant because that doesn’t always work so well. Dr. Levitt: Yes. The prepregnancy is really important and then
also gut health is really influenced by the mom’s gut health. So sometimes I’ll even recommend that the
mom actually, if she can cut out gluten during the pregnancy or prepregnancy and during the
pregnancy and starts on a probiotic which her gut health will set up the baby for her
to have a good gut health. So that’s been a really promising new research
right now. Jordan: Avoid allergens such as gluten and
maybe even certain types of dairy. I know my wife when she was pregnant, I wanted
her to consume raw grass-fed dairy because it’s great to create a good milk supply, strength,
etc. But most dairy is not very good. So we are going to prevent a picky eater before
the eater is picky in the womb. You want to prevent picky eating during breastfeeding
by eating the foods that are good for you and the baby will crave similar foods. How cool is that? Speaking of that, the next step would be breastfeeding. Tell us why breastfeeding helps to prevent
picky eating. Dr. Levitt: So one of the ways is that through
breastfeeding, the baby will actually get the different flavors from the food that the
mom eats. So the baby will actually get exposed to like
sweet from the breast milk but also maybe some bitter and some sour and some other things
for their taste buds so it actually sets them up to actually be okay with other foods. Jordan: I have an important question. So if the mom eats chocolate while she’s breastfeeding,
will the baby get chocolate milk? Dr. Levitt: No. Jordan: See I told you that I act like a kid
sometimes. But that was an interesting thought, right? I mean how cool would that be? But that’s not so far off because if the mom
eats chocolate, the baby is getting chocolate in the milk. And that also goes to show if the mom’s consuming
a lot of caffeine. We know drugs, alcohol, etc. can certainly
be transmitted. Think about it. You’ve heard of the term and this is kind
of crude but a crack baby, right? So it’s similar when it comes to food. So you can have a donut baby. Dr. Levitt: Right, yeah. Jordan: That would not be good. Dr. Levitt: All of it, the food, the stressors,
it all affects actually the gut microbiome of the baby and that healthy gut microbiome
makes the baby not be picky. Jordan: So breastfeeding can influence what
the baby has been fed. Of course, there are statistics that breast
fed babies are healthier and have less cravings in general, which is important. Dr. Levitt: Yes. Because of that, the breast milk is lower
in protein and lower in energy and higher in fat than formula. So formula actually has higher protein and
higher energy source and it kind of sets them up for already wanting sweet signals. So sometimes the formula fed babies, if you’re
doing organic baby formula and not making your own, then I’ll sometimes suggest that
you rotate formulas excluding soy because then the baby gets different flavors and some
of the hypoallergenic formulas are actually more bitter and actually tastes terrible. So by rotating the formula, the baby will
get a similar thing to a breast fed baby that gets different textures. Jordan: And you can spike it with some fats. Dr. Levitt: Correct. Jordan: Put some coconut oil, put some cod
liver oil, good for the brain, etc. Okay, so during pregnancy, breastfeeding,
and babies learn to eat what you eat. So this is really all about the mom, isn’t
it? I mean this is kind of cool and scary, but
more cool because that means the mom has so much influence over what the child will grow
up to want to eat. So you can make an unpicky eater, you could
create one and the dad is going to help too because you can encourage the mom. It’s the worse when you’re eating junk and
then they want to eat it too. So do it together, be accountable. So babies learn to eat what you eat. This sounds obvious but tell us a little bit
about that. Dr. Levitt: So babies learn to eat what you
eat but more importantly, babies learn to eat what you feed them. So they’ll eat what you ate because you’re
modeling for them and they’re seeing you and you want to be eating the same foods so this
is moving into the complementary feeding type stage or maybe exclusively breastfeed for
six months and then starting to add in solids. Or formula fed baby is trying to go as long
as you can without introducing solids definitely not before four months. But babies learn to eat what you feed them. So babies in Japan, or toddlers, are starting
to eat raw fish and in India, they eat curry. You know, they eat what you feed them so that’s
very important to start feeding them the correct complementary foods so that they don’t even
know what the other things taste like to become picky. Jordan: Oh wow. That’s pretty awesome. So we’re talking about prevention here. Three ways to prevent a picky eater. During pregnancy, your food choices influenced
their future choices when you’re feeding the child because they will get little accents
of the food that you are consuming in the breast milk and then babies learn to eat what
you feed them and what you eat. We talk about complementary foods. I want to point something out that you may
have missed. Don’t feed solids before four months because
you told me previously that that will increase the risk of obesity by . . .
Dr. Levitt: Threefold. Jordan: Threefold. Dr. Levitt: In formula babies. So in the breastfed babies, the studies actually
show there’s no different. There was actually no difference when they
introduced solids. The baby was not more likely. Jordan: So if you’re bottle feeding. Dr. Levitt: But a formula fed baby, yes. Jordan: And I’ve always been a fan of feeding
high fat, low sugar foods first. So things like an egg yolk, warm egg yolk
is great, avocado, chicken soup/bone broth is amazing. And you mentioned all kinds of different vegetables,
purees, etc. You can buy organic baby food but why when
you can make it yourself, right? That’s the best way to do it. So preventing picky eating during pregnancy,
during lactation, and at the earliest chance of eating. That looks kind of yummy and if a child will
eat that, we’ve done tray zucchini because when you make sort of that chicken soup base,
you can sneak pretty much any vegetable in there. All right, interventions. So we prevented a picky eater from the get-go
but now, we’re going to intervene on a child that faces the commercials during the cartoons,
they face peer pressure in preschool and school, and they’re driving by fast food restaurants
every single day. So what type of attitude or environment should
we foster to make sure an eater, our little eater, is not so picky? Dr. Levitt: So the attitude is really kind
of your attitude towards food, so food parenting like the parent kind of transmits these attitudes
to their child. So we want to have positive attitudes towards
food, healthy relationship with food, and again, like a negative role modeling so we’re
not like turning our nose at the broccoli and then expecting our kid to eat it. So we want to create like a positive, healthy
attitude towards food. And then environment, setting our child up
to win. So we basically want to set the food environment
up to win. So we eat together as a family, we’re all
eating the same thing. No one is on one certain diet and the other
one is on a different diet. So environment is really important. Also, turning the screens off during eating. One, because we just mindlessly eat more,
but two, the food commercials and the things that are influencing, “Why am I eating this
broccoli when that commercial is showing this yummy donut” or whatever. So setting the environment up to influence
good food choices. Jordan: You know, kids naturally, at least
in my experience, will say things at the dinner table about food that other people are eating
and it’s horrible, and I always get on my kids for that. “I hate . . . That’s disgusting.” Sometimes, we do let different children eat
different things. We have six and there are different tastes. And we’ve adopted some children and some of
them we welcomed into our home at a latter age and so they experienced different things
than we did certainly in the womb, certainly if they were breastfed and when they were
a child. So we give a little bit of leeway. But I do not allow my kids to say something
is disgusting or yucky or I won’t eat it. And when you have six kids, some don’t like
cheese, some don’t like this, some don’t like that, and they’re all from sort of different
genetic backgrounds. But you got to have a good attitude towards
food. And I’ve been as an adult, I’m sure you experienced
the same thing, I expanded my food horizon as I aged. So in fact, I never tried things like sushi
before I met my wife, never ate mushrooms. There are things that I’ve expanded. I still like what I like, but it’s really
important to have that attitude that you continually, you don’t force foods on people, on kids,
but you embrace the fact. I used to not eat tomatoes but now I do and
I love these heirloom tomatoes because X, Y, Z. And I think it’s cool to celebrate the health
benefits of the food. Dr. Levitt: Right, yeah. And part of the attitude towards food is just
that where you’re not labeling the child they don’t like the food. Maybe they don’t like it today, we’ll try
it another time, or you didn’t like it early in life but now you like it later. As far as attitude towards food, try not to
label and say, “Oh they don’t like broccoli.” So they’re never going to try it again because
they’ll become an adult that says, “Oh, I don’t like broccoli.” Jordan: It’s like don’t knock until you try
it or the old commercial, “Give it to Mikey, he’ll eat anything.” Nobody even knows what that is anymore because
you’re all millenials growing up. Dr. Levitt: Wasn’t that the Life Cereal? Jordan: That was, but we’re not supposed to
mention brand names. You see that’s something different. So attitude and environment, create an environment
where I would say children are rewarded not with material things but with praise for eating
different and new things. That’s what we like to do. “That’s so awesome Isabella that you ate X,
Y, Z. It’s really cool.” Okay, retraining the taste buds. Wow, that looks like some really interesting
fare and many of those kids will never eat. So how do you retrain the taste buds in a
child that was previously eating different things? So for example, say that someone is watching
and they make the decision to start eating healthy, cut ties with the past, we’re moving
forward, you see a patient who’s in the red zone, meaning that they’ve got potential health
risk, how do you retrain the taste buds? Dr. Levitt: So I talk to families about this
basically to like encourage them, like, “Hey, this is great news. You might think your child is a picky eater
but we can fix this. We can retrain the taste buds.” Now, this is not an easy process. It’s a long process. So just right off the bat you kind of have
to go, “Okay, I’m in it. I’m in it for the long haul. I can do this.” And the good news is you really can do it,
but you also have to take the steps to do it. So basically, they’re retraining the taste
buds is because the kids have been fed so much processed sweet foods that their palate,
they’re called hyperpalatable foods, where their palate will just reject anything that
doesn’t have that processed sweet, bad fat flavor. Jordan: I want to stop you because I know
I’ve been stopping you many times but this hyperpalatable foods, so that means the sugar,
a little bit of salt, everything that would create addiction sort of stimulatory, like
a candy, bursting with flavors. So that’s hyperpalatable. Anything that’s real doesn’t taste real because
when you eat candy, the raspberry tastes like raspberry on steroids, right? So when they’re eating a hyperpalatable food,
it makes them less appreciative of . . . okay, okay. Dr. Levitt: Yeah, yeah. So the first step I’ll do is actually look
at what they’re drinking and if they’re drinking sugar sweetened beverages, that’s the first
thing we change because that is so sweet and sends such a powerful sweet signal to the
brain that they almost can’t even taste food anymore. And because of the addiction cycle, they actually
required more and more sweetness to fix that craving just like an addict. So first step in retraining the taste buds
is stop doing sugar sweetened drinks, soda pop, juice, chocolate milk, anything that’s
sweet basically. I see sweet tea, orange juices, Gatorades
because that’s influencing the brain to keep wanting to feed that addiction. So step one is that. Then also I’ve noticed with families, as soon
as they cut out pop and we’ll do that first, maybe that’s the only thing we do for a while
because we want to empower them, they’re busy, we want to make sure that they can actually
implement these things and actually stay sustained with them. So we might do that just for like a couple
of weeks so they come back and they’re like, “Wow. I took a bite of an apple and it was like
delicious because I can actually taste.” And when they go back to drinking the sweet
drink that they might go completely off of them and then at their friend’s house they
have, “Oh, this is so sweet.” So again, we want them to create that awareness
on their own that they noticed, “Oh, I was like not even tasting anything before because
I just want so much sweet stuff.” And then the second step I’ll do is I try
to get some real whole foods in them in a simple way without putting out a plate and
being like, “Come on, eat this.” So the one thing I’ll do is actually do a
green smoothie because we can blend lots of flavors of foods and the body getting the
nutrients, fixing the micronutrient deficiency, stopping the cravings well actually help the
taste buds kind of reawaken. Jordan: So even we talked about juice not
being good because it’s so high in sugar but say that your kid loves orange juice, now
I know appearance is important but you could theoretically put some veggies in orange juice
and start working your way towards health. Believe or not, you could put a half cup of
spinach or kale or a cup in orange juice and they’ll barely taste it and they’ll see it,
but that’s a way to start doing it inch by inch. Another way to do it would be to dilute the
juice. If you’re concerned that your kids won’t get
off juice, dilute it. We don’t let any child drink juice even if
it’s raw juice that’s any more than half juice. It’s got to be diluted. So that’s really, really important. Dr. Levitt: Yes. So the American Academy of Pediatrics will
say no more than four to six ounces of juice a day. Jordan: Really? Dr. Levitt: Yes. But I completely disagree. So I would say either no juice or dilute the
juice and then stepping down with that dilution is actually a great way to kind of wean your
kids off of juice. But the most successful way is setting up
your environment to win by not having it in the house. Jordan: Fruit smoothies are much less sugar,
higher nutrients, higher fibers. That’s cool with the American Association
of Pediatrics or American Academy of Pediatrics gives the juice limit because people still
think juice is healthy. The truth is, it’s not. Okay. So food rules or food rules. It does rule. Dr. Levitt: Food does rule. Yes, it does. So food rules, they actually are for the parents
to . . . Jordan: Okay, listen up. Dr. Levitt: To mentally meditate on so that
they are strong to implement these changes with their kids so they’re not food rules
like, “Okay kids, let’s sit down, we’re going to have some rules. These are the rules. We need to follow them.” They’re actually more for the parents to feel
empowered like, “Okay, I’m going to establish some non-negotiables of the things I’m going
to do when I’m working into feeding with my kids.” So I think they’re on the next list of them. Jordan: Oh, okay, great. Dr. Levitt: So some food rules that you’ll
kind of just establish for yourself and your family are, eat together. So sitting down at the table, we’re not standing
up, walking around eating, eating in front of the TV, carrying a sippy cup around with
some of our food. We’re sitting together at the table establishing
a family time, which also helps with picky eating because there’s that security there. Sometimes kids just want attention so you’ll
be sitting there at the table and the parents are on their screen and the little toddler
starts like flicking their food and everything. It’s not because they don’t like the food,
it’s because they want attention from their parent. So that’s really important to like sit together,
turn off all the screens, focus on your kids, and give them attention. Jordan: That’s a big one. Dr. Levitt: Yeah, no eating in front of the
TV. Again, lots of food advertisements. Also, you just tend to mindlessly eat and
typically, we’re not eating like a bunch of vegetables in front of the TV. We’re eating like snacky type foods. But again, just feed that addiction and make
it difficult to fix a picky eater. No complaining about food. So that’s one where it’s . . . okay, so a
kid, maybe it’s time for a family meal and the kid’s like, “I’m not hungry. I’m not eating.” So we say, “You know what, that’s fine but
you need to come to the table and you need to have a positive attitude and no complaining
about eating, not eating.” Jordan: And don’t say the other kid’s food
is yucky. Dr. Levitt: Right, right. Jordan: Or disgusting. Dr. Levitt: And also for the adults, you know,
where the parents sit down and one of the parents is like, “Ew. I don’t like broccoli.” Or again, we’re getting into the role modeling
for the kids. If we’re complaining about food, the kids
are going to complain about food. So really important. Jordan: Okay, this is good. Dr. Levitt: Yeah. So establishing the “no, thank you” rule. So what I’ll usually do is just once we start
like retraining the palette so we get rid of the . . .
Jordan: Hyperpalatable foods. Dr. Levitt: Yeah, hyperpalatable foods. Jordan: HPF. Dr. Levitt: Yeah, they actually have food
scientists working in the labs to create . . . Jordan: To create hyperpalatable foods. Dr. Levitt: What could be even more and more
hyperpalatable. So it’s really scary for our kids. But retraining the taste buds. Then we’re going to start introducing these
foods. So we’re going to again, kids will eat what
you feed them if they’re hungry. Kids will eat when they’re hungry. So if they won’t eat it, they’re not that
hungry. So you set down . . .
Jordan: Did you hear that? I got to stop you. If they won’t eat it, they’re not that hungry. People get so concerned about “What if my
kids don’t eat.” I’m going to ask you this and I bet I know
the answer, what happens if our kids miss a meal? Dr. Levitt: They will not starve. They will survive, I promise. Jordan: And they’re probably better, right? Dr. Levitt: Yes, they’re probably better. So I would rather have your child miss a meal
than they say they’re hungry later and you feed them like macaroni and cheese or pizza
rolls or a corn dog or, you know, some sort of junk or snacky snack because you’re really
just starving them anyways. Jordan: A lot of us were taught by our parents
and grandparents that if a kid doesn’t eat, they’re going to die but the truth is, how
to get rid of many childhood diseases is by fasting. So certainly missing a meal is no issue so
I like that. No, thank you. Good. Come sit at the table and you’re going to
sit there and be nice until we’re all done, with a smile. Dr. Levitt: So the no, thank you rule in addition
is like so you try to serve a food the child you know they’d like. Then two or three foods that they don’t like
or it’s a new food. And so they have something that they’re comfortable
with, with what they like and then you say, you have to at least try, you decide the number,
one or two bites, and then you could say, “No, thank you. I don’t want anymore.” But you have to decide in advance. So like don’t change it every time you eat. So if it’s one bite or two bites for your
family, that’s what we establish. So they’ll have the food, they’ll have something
they’re comfortable with plus new foods and they have to at least do one bite, whatever
your rule is and then they can say, “No, thank you.” Jordan: That’s awesome. These are food rules and I’m Jordan Rubin
here with Ancient Medicine Today brought to you by draxe.com. And I’m here with Dr. Michelle Levitt who
is an expert in childhood obesity, children’s health, pediatrics and she works in an environment
where parents need to be taught how to reshape their children’s healthy lifestyle. So we just got done with food rules, or not
done yet. This is a big one, okay. Because I’ve been guilty of this as well because
we use food for a reward, for punishment, but you’re saying food is not a reward. Dr. Levitt: Yeah, so food is not a reward. So you want to really be careful when saying,
“Oh, Suzy. Eat your peas. After your peas, we’ll go get ice cream.” You don’t want them to associate peas are
yucky, ice cream is good. I have to force myself to eat these peas so
I can have my ice cream. But also food as a reward can be also emotionally,
so like your child is having a bad day, or they’re sad about something, “Oh, let’s comfort
you with some food.” We want to have them have a healthy relationship
with food and not seek it out for comfort. So no food as a reward. And like you’ve mentioned earlier, praising
the kids when they do try the new foods and having a positive attitude surrounding the
food instead of, “Why don’t you eat that? Spinach is good for you,” lecturing, nagging
them. Jordan: You never eat, what’s wrong with you? Dr. Levitt: Yeah, just don’t explain why the
food is good. Just serve the food, eat the food, let the
kid regulate their hunger and their fullness, and just let it go. Don’t nag, you don’t explain, don’t, you know. Jordan: That’s good. So this is a big one. Don’t make them clear their plate because
a lot of us are also taught by our parents to use the old manipulative trick, “Kids are
starving in Africa, you better eat your kale salad.” And you know, when you make organic meals,
they’re expensive and you hate when kids waste, but why is it good to have a rule where you
don’t make them clear their plate? Dr. Levitt: So you want the kids to actually
self-regulate. So you want them to know, to have the feeling
of hunger, and then let them know how many foods and what kind of foods do I need to
eat to feel full and satisfied. So if you force them to clear their plate,
their stuffing their face after they’re full and you want them to just regulate their self. So this is really important in toddler time
because that’s really developmental influence of letting the kid get messy, let them just
eat their food and drink without the sippy cup lid and just let them. I know it’s hard, I know it’s hard, but that
just helps them just have a healthy relationship with food and they’ll self-regulate and they’ll
eat until they’re full and then they’ll stop eating. But when they’re older, you definitely don’t
want to force them to eat. But what I do do is if they don’t eat any
of it because they’re picky and they’re resisting the food you serve, I just wrap it, you have
them wrap that food up, set it aside, you know what, if you’re hungry later that’s what
you’re going to have. And this is where protecting the home becomes
very important because if you have other foods in the house, especially if you have an older
child like my child is 15 now. So if he doesn’t eat what we have dinner and
I have junk in the house, well, he can make stuff, his own bowl of cereal and get into
it and so I have to really protect the home so that there’s no other option for him to
eat except for the food that they didn’t eat the first time. Jordan: That makes sense. And I think this only works if you have the
right plate. You have the veggies, you have the healthy
meat, you’ve got a small amount of starch or fruit. You’ve got enough oils in there because at
the end of the day, kids will naturally gravitate towards what they like the most. I’m full, what’s on your plate? Broccoli, green beans, and all the things
we want them to eat are sitting there. So we’ve got to make sure that they eat in
the correct order for this to work because they could easily regulate themselves than
just cherry pick, so to speak. Dr. Levitt: Right, right. And it’s such an ongoing process so it’s not
like that perfectly happens, these food rules every time you, it’s just a gentle, you’ve
got to gently ease into it but be persistent, don’t give up, try, try, try again and just
don’t give up. Jordan: Awesome. Well, here on Ancient Medicine Today, we’ve
been discussing three ways to prevent a picky eater and three ways to get your picky eater
to eat healthy. We talked about prevention and then intervention. The good news is if you prevent, you don’t
have to intervene as much. So we talked about pregnancy, start mom eating
the foods that you want your children to eat. Eat healthy foods while your breastfeeding,
same thing because they can pick up tastes within breast milk. No, if you eat chocolate, they won’t get chocolate
milk but it’s not far from the truth. That was an epiphany on this program, I’m
so excited about that. Babies learn to eat what you eat but also
what you feed them. So be intentional on the complimentary foods
you give coming out of breastfeeding or bottle feeding. And here’s a big one we talked about, do not
give bottle fed babies or formula fed babies solids before four months because it would
set them up to be three times more likely for obesity. That’s staggering. That’s prevention. Intervention, attitude and environment. Make sure to create a good eating environment. We talked about things such as don’t allow
your kids to say things are yucky or disgusting. We made sure that the food environment is
proper, okay, and it’s good. And set up some of the ways to do that. We’ll talk about food rules in a moment, but
retrain the taste buds. If your children are used to eating junk food
or sweet things, start to make simple changes. No soda would be one. Cut down on the juice and start to dilute
it. Add fruit or vegetables to the juice and make
a fruit or vegetable smoothie with more fiber and healthy fats, which still gives the sweet
taste but begins to retrain the taste buds. And here’s something that’s important to me,
give your kids some sour and bitter foods. And I’m not talking about candies that are
sour, but bitter is good for digestion, sour helps to blunt the appetite. You know, today, all we do is salty and sweet. We’ve got to give our kids those fermented
foods, those bitter foods that’s why greens are so important. And food rules, there were some really good
food rules that we talked about to create an environment of success. Bottom line folks, we don’t need to say, “I
would eat healthy, but I’ve got a picky eater. I would start this program but my kid is picky. I know what you’re saying about this being
kid friendly but it won’t work for mine.” There are ways to do this and Dr. Michelle
Levitt’s here to help. So if you’re interested in the information
we shared today about how to prevent a picky eater and how to make sure a picky eater becomes
less picky, visit drmichellemd.com. You can learn great tips, sign up for an upcoming
class, and Dr. Michelle can coach you and your family virtually or in person if you’re
in the northeastern Ohio area. And of course, visit draxe.com. Visit our Facebook page and our Instagram
for dozens or hundreds of healthy recipes. We talked about smoothies, we talked about
soups, and stocks, and meals, and desserts. Draxe.com is the leading authority in healthy
eating because we believe food is medicine. So on behalf of Dr. Michelle Levitt, our guest
all the way from northeastern Ohio, I’m Jordan Rubin, I hope you enjoyed Ancient Medicine
Today. And if you’re a mom or dad or know someone
who is, send this link, click that Share button so they can have great information. And make sure to check out Dr. Michelle Levitt
at drmichellemd.com. Dr. Michelle, thanks for joining us. Dr. Levitt: Yeah, great. Jordan: Appreciate it and we wish you the
best in your quest to end childhood obesity and empower families to be healthier one bite
at a time. God bless you. See you next time.

24 thoughts on “3 Ways to Prevent a Picky Eater with Dr. Michelle Levitt

  1. yea and dr axe didnt take over nor interrupt his guests to take over the video and barely allow his vuests to talk

  2. 1. No wonder my children ate vegtables. They spend every waking hour in the garden. 2, And my favorite food was avocado and banana mash when pregnant. Hubby was fussy and kids laughed at his attitude, chuckle! They also looked forward to a night of foods from around the world. 3, The kids from Africa are told that we are starving, chuckle!

  3. I ate real healthy during my pregnancy but one of my children is real picky especially when it comes to vegetables the only thing eats healthy is a green smoothie

  4. i followed those rules when my kids were small, and was told they won't starve themselves. i would serve the food and children whether would eat or not but i refused to cook something else or give them desert without them eating some of the main. unfortunately my daughter was stubborn, and would rather eat nothing than have the main. Drs encouraged me to deal with her that way, but she ended up very underweight, anemic, and later on was told that her hormone growth deficiency was due to undernurishment during early childhood. So use your commonsense and instinct rather than let a Dr decide for you.

  5. too much Soy lecithin is deadly to me, any thoughts, small amounts as much as a taste put me in a bad place, short term memory loss, panic attacks and brain fog.

  6. im vegetarian, my wifes vegan, my 3 kids are super grossed out by eating meat so i try to make sure they eat double the veggie intake because of the lack of iron since they dont eat meat… my oldest son (8yo) is the picky eater. will only eat cheese pizza, gluten chicken, and any form of potatoes. on occasion he will eat some pastas. how can i get him to eat healthier? ive tried to talk to him about the health benifits and how important vitamins are. nothing. i think hes got neophobia too.

  7. I did all these things with my son…but he has sensory issues and will actually starve himself rather than eat what the rest of us eat. We ultimately have a few very healthy foods that he will eat that we rotate through and get everything fresh into him with green smoothies. It has humbled me. My daughter is the exact opposite and has responded amazingly to these techniques… there is hardly anything she won't eat. Point is…sometimes there are actually conditions that will make it basically impossible to avoid extreme pickiness. I would rather have a well fed child on a few healthy foods than let him literally starve himself to the point of undernourishment and horrible mood swings from low blood sugar because I'm "sticking to my guns". I tried that for awhile and we all suffered.

  8. First one is totally false. I was eating very healthy and clean during my first pregnancy and my first born is very picky eater. With second pregnancy, I was eating junk mostly and my second born is not picky eater at all🤷🏽‍♀️

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