We all want our kids to make healthy food choices, but it seems that kids naturally gravitate toward junk food. Maybe it's the marketing or the way we feed them. But either way, I have a potential (yet completely controversial) idea on how to stop a few of the most entrenched cravings.
It's simple. Feed them the most unhealthy foods when they are sick. Most notably, when they are likely to vomit. And according to anecdotal evidence, this may create a lifelong (or at least decades long) aversion to the vomited food.
Here's my evidence. When I was 13, I was hospitalized for severe asthma. The nurses gave me apple juice. I quickly vomited. I did not drink apple juice again for 14 years. I hesitantly tried it when my son was a little over a year old. I had a hard time with it, and it's still my least favorite juice. Because it reminds me of vomit.
My neighbor will not eat bananas since she vomited them as a child. My sister-in-law will not eat mushrooms because she vomited them into her hair. My neighbor's daughter vomited macaroni and cheese at 5 and she's now going on a year of no macaroni and cheese or anything cheddar cheese related. My own son has a huge aversion to eggs due to a vomit incident almost 3 years ago.
So....next time your child tells you their tummy hurts and you think they may need to puke (especially if it's flu season) break out the Oreos. Or fruit snacks. Or any junky food you'd like to nix from their diet. ;)
The trick is keeping the junk in the house without anyone finding it and eating it (including moms.) Feel free to support or negate the theory.