Daddy's a Picky Eater
Submitted by Emno
There's one person in my family who makes me want to tear my hair out on a daily basis, whose food preferences (or complete lack thereof) make meal-planning a complete headache. No, I'm not talking about either of my kids. I'm talking about their father, my husband, a 42-year old man who ought to know better!
This is a man who won't eat pasta (before I married him, if you'd told me such a human existed, I'd have thought you were kidding), who thinks cheese of any kind is completely disgusting and who calls guacamole "that green squishy stuff." What will he eat? A bag of potato chips—as a meal! Or a bowl of buttered popcorn. Or a can of chili with extra Tabasco.
There are some "good" foods he'll eat, but not nearly enough to make for a varied and healthy diet. I long ago stopped worrying about making sure that he had something to eat at every meal; when he likes what I make, he partakes. If he doesn't, well, he fends for himself. (In other words, out come the chips.)
It still drives me crazy, though, because it's impossible to try to teach my children about eating healthy and taking care of their bodies while their dad turns his nose up at broccoli and still spoons himself a nice helping of ice cream for dessert. What am I going to do with him? How can I teach my old dog of a husband some new food tricks?