Many of my little patients can be resistant to trying new foods, particularly the green ones! Know that fussiness in children can be quite normal, and sometimes it can take up to 20 times of seeing a new food for a child to try it, and then even longer before their taste buds can appreciate, or even tolerate it.
Sometimes fussy eating is caused by nutritional deficiencies such as zinc, which is involved in many stages of the digestive process, including the ability to taste food normally, and iron deficiency, which will usually be accompanied by unusual cravings such as wanting to eat ice or sand, or loving the smell of nail polish or petrol. In these cases, obviously a multivitamin is warranted, and can make the world of difference if you persist with supplementation for at least a few months. Another great tip for reversing iron deficiency, is purchasing an iron fish from www.ironfish.com and cooking meals with it. See their website for more details.
Some clients ask me why I recommend testing as part of their treatment plan. Without testing, you are making an educated guess, which can sometimes be wrong, waste your time and your money. Testing is so important as it gives you information which gives clear direction regarding your treatment. It helps me recognise key drivers and therefore treat the underlying cause of your health condition.
Some of the more common tests I offer in my clinic are:
Bioimpedance analysis for body composition - this tells me your body fat mass, muscle mass, hydration levels, visceral fat mass, biological age and gives me an idea of bone mass and inflammation levels. I use bioimpedance analysis to give me a baseline of your current body composition and then use it to track your progress around your body composition goals. I also use it for women who are entering menopause to check their muscle mass, because as we age muscle mass becomes vitally important to keep up healthy, stabilise our skeleton and prev...