Still fussy
May11

Still fussy

My eldest was always a fussy eater. All he wanted to eat was pizza, pasta, cereals and toast. All the carbs. All the beige food. But from the age of 10, he gradually started becoming a little bit more adventurous. He’s vegetarian and Quorn mince became our saviour – protein, which also made a decent bolognese or curry. He started eating spicier food and would manage a few vegetables (although plenty still get left at the...

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The snack cupboard
Aug12

The snack cupboard

Until fairly recently, my kids weren’t allowed snacks between meals. The only thing they were allowed (in fact, they were encouraged to have) was fruit. As far as I was concerned, if you were hungry you would eat a banana or an apple and if you wouldn’t eat one, you were just being greedy. I know for many families, snacks work for them and have been part of their kids’ diets since weaning, but for us, they’ve...

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The cheese issue
Apr27

The cheese issue

Earlier this year, when my bad skin was spiralling out of control, my husband heard an item on the radio about acne. My husband rarely listens to news items and phone-ins on the radio – he listens to sport or music – but this drew him in and he started listening. A lady in her 70s called in. She’d had acne all her life and it was only at the age of 70 she’d discovered she had an allergy to dairy. She gave it up...

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Eating crap
Apr13

Eating crap

I’m not one of these people that eats seeds and salad and claims to be ‘not hungry’. You won’t catch me Instagramming a plate of leaves, an egg white and a homemade smoothie and claim to be looking forward to my ‘dinner’. Because I eat proper food. But I’m a vegetarian and I have IBS. Over the years, I’ve perfected a diet that just about works for me and keeps me feeling reasonable. And,...

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Sunday dinner
Nov11

Sunday dinner

For most families it’s the highlight of the week. A treat everyone looks forward to. A chance to relax, chat and enjoy some delicious food. In our house, not so much.I’m talking Sunday dinner here.With two fussy kids, Sunday dinner is just a big hassle. We don’t always have a roast, in fact we don’t often have a roast. But we do try to provide a break from the pizza, frozen food and microwave meals which make...

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