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What Are Food Jags and How to Prevent Them

Posted on January 23rd, 2013

Often children with feeding difficulties will eat the same foods every day, even wanting them prepared the same ways. They may also demand to eat the same brands of foods and be unwilling to try anything else. These are examples of “food jags”.

The biggest problem with food jags is that eventually children become bored or tired of their preferred foods. Then these foods get rejected and once children with feeding problems reject a food it often disappears from their diet.

It’s important to prevent food jags as much as possible. Here are some ideas to help limit food jags in the first place:

  1. Don’t offer the same foods every day
  2. Make variations in the foods you serve:
    • Try serving different brands of same foods (e.g. cereals, crackers, yogurt)
    • Try different flavors of same food (e.g. vanilla yogurt instead of fruit yogurt)
    • Vary the way you prepare a food (e.g. change the shape)
    • Use the same ingredients to make new foods (e.g. make peanut butter and jelly on a soft tortilla shell instead of bread)
  3. Let your children help prepare the foods with you
  4. Present foods multiple times to allow them time to try them when they’re ready
  5. Eat a variety of foods yourself and try new things as well!