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Trying to lose weight, while encouraging my son to gain weight...

Sunday, April 17, 2011

One of my biggest challenges lately has been trying to keep my diet low in calories while feeding my 6 year old son calorie concentrated, nutrition and energy packed foods that he will actually eat. He's got some severe behaviour problems and is on concerta to somewhat alleviate these issues. It has the unfortunate side effect of being an appetite suppressant. He was losing weight and looking very scary thin for a while. I had been taking him off the medication on the weekend, but that just doesn't work all the time either.

Lately, I've been coaxing him into eating breakfast by making bacon and eggs, or french toast. It's working. He's gaining weight, he's getting more protein which seems to be helping. It's so hard to not partake though...The bacon and eggs are not so bad, I throw in some fresh sliced veggies and fruit and it keeps me full and energetic right through till dinner time. French toast, not so much.

Then, I can really only afford to have one kind of milk in the house at a time, Ethan needs whole milk, I'd rather have 1% or skim, but his needs win out. So, whole milk it is. I don't drink that much though, so I don't think it's making a big impact on my diet. Ethan on the other hand...he drinks a lot ever since I realized that getting him oreo cookie straws makes him drink his milk :p

I have a friend who has conflicting allergies in her household. One kid's allergic to peanuts, then Dad's allergic to fish, the other kid is allergic to gluten and eggs. The poor woman can't cook anything. I guess I should be thankful my biggest challenge is balancing conflicting calorie requirements.
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