The Food Sense Program

Soldier Solution

A classic, fun, and simple breakfast for all ages – even grown-ups!

For each tummy, you’ll need:

• An egg, soft boiled
• 1 slice of bread, toasted and buttered (or not, if you prefer)
• A light dash of salt

To soft boil eggs, the easiest way is to place them in a pot of cold water (just enough to cover your eggs) and then bring the water to a boil.

Once boiling, watch the time carefully and remove the pot from the heat after 1 and ½ to two minutes. Take the pot, eggs and all and put it in your sink under cool running water to halt the cooking and cool them enough to eat.

Place each egg into an egg cup and tap the very top with a spoon, to “decapitate” the egg and make room for soldiers and then spoons for what the soldiers leave behind.

Cut toast into thin strips (soldiers, I was told when I was 2) and serve alongside the egg for dunking.

– Tiny teaspoons are best to scoop out what the soldiers leave behind.
– To center an egg yolk, roll each egg back and forth a few times when you first drop it in the water, prior to cooking.

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Hi Dana,

I wanted to say "Thanks" and give you some feedback on 'The Food Sense Program.'

We were having issues with our son William at dinner time. He kept wanting to get down and not eating anything, then wanting something 10 minutes later. It was very annoying, and it was like a circus around the table. We started following the advice in the Food Sense program, and what a difference it has made!

After just a few nights we are all having nice dinners together most of the time. No bribing, begging and whining. When he gets down we calmly tell him dinner is over. He can decide to play upstairs in his room or sit with us. In fact, the second morning of the program he said .. "Mommy, I'm hungry because I got down and didn't eat enough." Again, what a difference! You book gave me the confidence and the concrete tools to be make the changes that needed to be made.

Tammy Lyon (& son William)


Ms. Obleman,

When I first found your website, my daughters were driving me crazy with their constant food demands. I felt like I was a short order cook in my own home. I would have to make TWO different breakfasts and dinners every day, since they didn't like to eat the same things.

When I put their meals in front of them, they would sulk and pick away at their plates and tell me that they "didn't like this food." And then 10 minutes after they got up from the table they would start begging for yogurt and crackers!

A friend told me about your website, and after following just a few of the things you say, I'm thrilled to report that Hannah and Chloe are like two new children... There is no more whining for treats all day long, and mealtimes are actually a civilized time... or as civilized as meals can be with a 2 and 5 year old.

Thanks again!