The strict food guidelines thing is going better than I expected. After three rough days at the beginning, my calorie-restricted child is starting to come around to the new plan and other than a couple of moments where he just had to cry it out because of having to say no to something that he really loved, he’s soldiered bravely on.
His dream life has taken a hit….this morning he told me that last night he dreamed we went to Baskin Robbins and he had to eat an apple while we ate sundaes, and he got so mad that his body took over and forced him to rob an ice cream factory.
I haven’t been eating Krispy Kremes in front of him. We’re all on the same plan (with some extra caloric snacks in his brothers’ lunchboxes) and I’m eating waaaaayyy more fruits and vegetables than I ever have before.
Do you know how hard it is to get five servings in a day??? Regardless of what Ronald Reagan said, ketchup doesn’t count.
Produce isn’t cheap, but I keep telling myself that it’s going to be a wash since I’m not buying chips and other processed foods. The health benefits alone are worth it, right? I’m introducing some new fruits to the kids in an effort to keep things interesting and to avoid burnout on grapes and apples. We’ve rediscovered pears in their natural state (you mean they don’t come floating in corn syrup?), and this week’s “try something new” kiwi was met with mixed reviews. On the vegetable front, butternut squash, green beans, peas, broccoli and carrots are in rotation.
Lima beans were summarily rejected.
I haven’t tried the whole grain pastas yet, but that’s going to be my next move to give us some variety. Are there some brands that are better than others? Will your kids eat it without giving you the hairy eyeball?
Have a nice day.