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difficult eater

“Mama, I don’t like that. A phase that almost every parent will have to deal with at some point. Usually when your child is around 2 years old. It is a phase and passes again. But if you’re in the middle of it, it’s nice when your child just wants to eat again.

10 tips practical tips
Play with variations and combine food
Something your child doesn’t like is easier to put in if you combine it with something he does like. Sometimes it also works to prepare something in a different way. Doesn’t the broccoli want to go in like this? Maybe it’s because of the pasta sauce or with a fresh yoghurt dip. Boiled carrot is the dirtiest thing there is? Try grated with a few raisins or through the stew. Search our recipes for inspiration by using the dreaded ingredient. It’s better not to ‘mask’ food with applesauce, for example. This way he no longer tastes the pure taste of the food.

Dress up the food nicely
The “dress up” sign does a lot. A nice spoon, a song, a nice plate, food in a nice shape or make a face of his dinner: be creative.

Let your child help in the kitchen
Children almost always like to help with cooking. They learn a lot and once you’ve made it together, they also get to taste it more easily. Is your child ready to help yet? Think of simple chores, such as washing vegetables, peeling eggs or mixing salads. And would your child like to eat some sweet peppers, carrots or tomatoes while cooking? Then he must have that inside! Before you start cooking together, let him choose which vegetables he wants to eat.

Create a relaxed atmosphere
Does your child not want to eat something and is he making this clear? Make sure that the sign is placed in such a way that your child can just reach it. And don’t pay any more attention to it. Eat yourself and keep the atmosphere relaxed. You’ll see that if you don’t pay attention to your child’s behaviour, he’ll suddenly pick up his own plate. And if not? Then offer a bite to eat once in a while. And praise your child if he takes that bite. That way, eating together becomes a social, sociable moment again.

Being clear about eating time
You eat at the table, even if it’s something small like a piece of fruit. When you leave the table, the time to eat is over. Has your child eaten nothing or little? Fine. Just clear the table. Don’t give anything extra in between, because then he won’t be hungry anymore at the next eating moment. A bottle of milk at night is also better not to do. You keep the bad food during the meal if your child counts on it to get something else.

Don’t overload the plate
If you give small portions, your child doesn’t have to look up to a mountain of food. And you can always brag again. Click here to see sample menus for the little ones.

Set a good example
Your kid doesn’t like anything more than imitating you. So show that you eat and drink healthy and enjoy it. A bite of vegetables, a piece of fish, a potato: eat it with taste and tell your child how it tastes. Also show that you have made an effort to prepare the food.

Tasting a small bite
Tasting is part of it, even if it’s only a little bit. One bite is enough. It’s a matter of practice, just like learning to walk or cycle.

Do you already know this one: the ice cube trick
It’s fine to dish up what your child likes more often. But continue to offer other flavours as well. A handy tip: freeze what your child does not eat in a tray for making ice cubes. So you can always give it in a small portion after the meal of the day. Then your child can taste that new flavour in an easy and playful way. It’s okay if your child doesn’t want to swallow the food, as long as he has had it in his mouth.

Clarity first and foremost
A child may not want to eat something while he likes it best. Sometimes the carrot will go in just fine and the other day he doesn’t want it. Or he suddenly doesn’t want a stew or pasta anymore and prefers to throw his whole plate through the room. That can be frustrating as a parent. Offering something else because you’re tired of your child’s behaviour or because you’re afraid your child will get too little is understandable. But by giving your child a sandwich or cracker (later), you keep the bad food alive during the meal. In the long run, you and your child will benefit more if you stand firm and do not offer anything else to your child. In this way you give your child clarity.

Not giving in to your child can mean that your child sometimes goes to bed hungry or does not eat much for a few days. This can’t hurt, because a healthy child doesn’t starve itself. He will eat on his own. And tomorrow is another day.

New taste? Your child learns to taste
Sometimes your child will have to taste up to 10 to 15 times before he gets used to a taste. This does not necessarily mean that he will find everything super tasty. Children also develop personal taste preferences. Why shouldn’t you force them to do so? Forcing your child to eat something doesn’t work. It may be that he is already full, but he can’t indicate this very well. Then you are actually giving him too much. By forcing your child to eat, it is also possible that he is no longer able to eat well.


job disastrous for body

An office job is characterised by a lot of sitting. Sooner or later this leads to complaints. How do you prevent that? Sandra gives 5 tips.

Daily practice
Do you have an office job? Then there is a good chance that your day will look more or less like this: you get in the car to work and then you sit down at your desk to work. You are so absorbed in your work that you are increasingly sinking into a curved position behind your computer. Coffee is brought to you because you are so busy and when the phone rings you clamp it between your ear and your shoulder. After all that coffee you get up after a few hours to go to the toilet. After that you have a meeting where you sit and listen for two hours. During lunch you’ll be sitting together with a number of colleagues because it’s your company’s culture, after which you’ll be sitting behind your desk working again.

Bench hangers
That presentation really has to be finished, you feel the pressure of your boss, who comes more and more often to ask if it’s finished already. I’d like to work another hour of overtime and then drive back home by car. In the evening you don’t really have the time to go to the gym, you’re going to hang out on the couch and relax. After the movie is over you get yourself off the couch to go to sleep, you are tired and the movie was finished late. Tomorrow you have to get up early.

A lot of sitting leads to complaints
For many people, such a situation is no exception and rather the rule. And what things stand out? A lot of sitting (car, desk, lunch) and stress. Compared to the past, most people have a sedentary lifestyle, a lifestyle with little exercise and a lot of sitting. Sitting for a long time leads to complaints, both of which lead to complaints of the musculoskeletal system, as well as metabolic complaints. Two hours of sitting leads to reduced insulin sensitivity.

More exercise is not complicated
And exercising 3 times a week to counteract this effect doesn’t help. It is much better to exercise more in your daily life. And that doesn’t have to be complicated at all, so there are 5 tips to help you get started.

My 5 tips

Tip 1: Grab the bike and kick
Of course, if you can, go by bike. But I also understand that this is not always possible or desirable. So if you have to go by car, don’t park your car as close to the entrance as possible, but a little further away. Then you walk the rest of the way to the office and so also when you go back home in the evening after having been on your ass for a whole day, you’ve at least had that walk again.

Tip 2: One hour = 5 minutes
After every hour you’ve sat in front of your computer, you have to get up and walk for 5 minutes. That’s enough! Make sure the printer is in another room so you have to get up and walk to it. For your health it’s better not to put the printer next to you anyway because of the powder particles that are released, so help yourself and walk to the other room. Two birds with one stone!

Tip 3: Do it yourself
Of course it’s very sweet that your colleagues get you coffee, but in the meantime you just sit on your chair for 2 hours in a row. Get your own coffee, that way you have a break from your seated work.

Tip 4: Do a Vitabreak!
The 5-minute microbreak is already a very good step forward, but you can go one step further. Screen work can cause a lot of neck and shoulder complaints or RSI complaints. To prevent this, there are a number of simple exercises that reset your body from the terrible PC posture.

The W-pump
Sit up straight with your feet flat on the ground, a little apart. Your knees are now at an angle of 90 degrees. Put your arms to the side with your hands pointing up and your elbows down. Your arms form such a W. Now you ‘throw’ your arms backwards, keeping your elbows in the same place. You loosen your shoulders, activate the muscles of your shoulder blades and open your chest, giving you more volume for better breathing. Do this a few times as a break and then 8 times in a row.

Retracting the chin
The next exercise is chin retraction. Everyone knows the ‘chicken neck’, this is the opposite. You retract your chin so that your spine is in line again. This removes the long screen staring. When you look at your screen, you often start working with a neck that has been stuck out of the way unnoticed. This means that your muscles have to work hard to keep your head in place and are under too much tension. This of course leads to neck and shoulder problems.

Picking apples
Picking apples also helps you stretch your spine and bring it back into line. You can do this standing up or on your chair. Imagine that you want to get to the tastiest apples in the tree, and they hang the highest ;-). Put your arms in the air and stretch out your arm by arm. Do this 8 times a day and a few times a day.

Tip 5: Find your trigger and rearrange it differently
Coming home and then hanging on the couch and then no longer get up to go sports is very recognizable