One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident

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Food Issues

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Did I tell you I’m watching my Niece this week? I think I did. Anyway, she is an absolute angel! I’m not going to get into family dirt but she had a rough start to life. She has come a long way in 3 years.

The only problem she’s having now is with food. Let me start by saying I take pride in my son’s diet. I offer him a variety of healthy whole foods and exposed him to an array of textures and flavors at a very young age. I also try to limit his refined sugar and flour intake. I’ve been blessed with an eater and it is (mostly) a joy to cook and eat with “the toddler”. My niece, on the other hand, is the complete opposite. She only eats about 3 things and getting anything healthy in her is a chore. I have never seen her eat a piece of fruit! On the flip side I never seen her eat a piece of candy either. She just doesn’t like to eat and has an issue with the texture of foods.

I don’t know how to deal with this. Today she ate like a bird and if you give her anything that is not in one of her 3 food groups she spits it out. So tomorrow, I’m going to try and trick her into eating healthy. I’m pulling out the whole wheat pizza dough and I’m whipping up a fresh tomato pizza (pizza is one of her food groups). I’m hoping she falls for it. I’m still debating with myself if I should whip up a quick pizza sauce to make it more like the “real” stuff. I’ll let you know how it goes!

As for me, I’m doing alright. Yesterday was a bit of a challenge. We actually ended up eating out at an Italian place. I knew I was going to go over board so I only ordered a cup of soup. It was hard to do but here is my logic, this way I still got to order a “meal” but wouldn’t feel as guilty splurging on the bread and picking at the toddlers meals. And guess what? I was totally full and probably saved myself about 15 points. If I did get a meal I would have still ate the bread and still picked at their meals. Lesson learned, work with your weaknesses. ;~)

Today shaped up nicely. I’m a bit hungry now so I think I will have a snack. I’m just not sure what yet. I didn’t get much work done on the rebuild except for a few old posts. I plan to spend a few good days next week finishing up once I have a day or 2 to myself.

I hope you all had a great 4th! Until tomorrow!


Morning Weigh In: 143 Food Points Fruit Salad leftover 1 Leftover Salsa Chicken Pepper Wrap 4 McDonald’s Southwest Grilled Chicken Salad and a couple of the toddler’s fries 7 cantaloupe 1 Quaker Mini Delights 2 leftover grilled chicken and baked beans with a side of fresh pepper strips and 3 fresh ears of corn (best of the season so far!) 7 snack?? ?? Totals >22 Daily Activity Log

Nothing planned – Just running after the 2 toddlers



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    Melody

    July 5, 2007

    Good for you on ordering the soup!

    Candace

    July 6, 2007

    Good luck on the pizza. I buy thin crust Greek pizza and my 9yo loves it, but the 4yo will eat nodding but pepperoni. Have you ever seen ‘Harriet the Spy’ – Mom tries to get Harriet to bring something other than tomatoe sandwiches to school and Harriet says, “I can’t help it if I know what I like, and I like Tomatoe sandwiches.”

    Pam

    July 6, 2007

    Roni, My niece (2 years old 7/15) may or may not eat something new that you put on her plate, but will try something new if it is on someone else’s plate. If i were you I would try making the healthy pizza as close to the kind she likes, so I would do the sauce.I can’t wait to hear how it worked out.

    Anonymous

    July 6, 2007

    Hi there. Love your blog and check it daily….

    Just a question about your menu…

    You have chicken and beans and 3 ears of corn at 7 pts…. Wouldn’t the corn be that on it’s own? I thought it was 2 pts each.

    Roni

    July 6, 2007

    @Anonymous – An ear of corn up to 7 inches is only 1 point. As far as I can remember!

    I’m doing “Roni Math” on the corn and beans. I only had about 2-3 oz of chicken and less then a serving of beans. This is how I estimate.

    Leslie

    July 6, 2007

    The trick I use with pizza is I use a jar of store-bought spaghetti sauce (or make my own if i have time) and then I add chopped up cooked veggies (peppers, zuchinni, broccoli etc) and puree it.. that way my kids get to eat pizza but unbeknowst to them, they are also eating tons of veggies!!!

    Stephanie

    July 6, 2007

    My godson has food issue and went to therapy for 3 months last year before his little brother was born in october. He progressed nicely eating more then three or four things but has since regressed and now they are going to have to take him back. For some reason this is not an uncommon thing. He only mainly eats yogart, pancakes and strawberry milk(pedisure). There are some other things to look for when they eat too. E-mail if you would like more details. Thanks

    Diet Coke and Zingers

    July 6, 2007

    I love that suggestion…

    Kate

    July 6, 2007

    Some kids are really just born picky. I’ve never made special meals for my four kids, either they eat it or they don’t, but they don’t get anything else. We have a really healthy diet, and my first three kids are really adventurous and eat everything. My last one, a twin, eats only the “white” food group. She doesn’t like fruit even! I give her lots of fresh fruit smoothies and “dip” for her pretzels or crackers made out of steamed, pureed veggies, but I try not to sweat it. I figure it’s my job to present the good stuff and either they’ll eat it or not. Good luck!

    Andrea M.

    July 8, 2007

    Roni,
    Thanks for the inspiration. Your site is very helpful and I find myself checking it every day. It has become a ritual :). I appreciate all the time you have spent on this site. I can only imagine how hectic your days must be. Just know that a ton of us appreciate all the work.