Dear Joanne:
I would love to eat better but I am a picky eater and I don’t like much flavour and I can’t help but eat junk food when ever I can, what should I do to start eating better?

A.L.

Hi A.L.
It’s fantastic that you want to start eating better! It’s normal for kids to be quite picky about the foods that they like to eat but as you grow and develop your taste buds change and so do the foods that you like and dislike. It’s whether or not you are willing to try new foods and experiment that counts. Did you know that it can take up to 15 times trying a food before you realize you actually like it? I am not sure about which foods you think you don’t like but try writing down a list of foods that you think you might be willing to try. Talk to your mom or dad and see if they could bring some home for you or better yet, visit the grocery store with your mom or dad. Attempt to try at least one new food a week…and if you don’t like it, maybe try something else and then try it again in a few months. You might be surprised! Also, forgive yourself when you eat some junk food. It’s hard to make changes so start small, try and include foods from all different food groups and be open to trying new things. Good luck!

Joanne

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