Thanks! The only time they get whole (chewy) milk is when their dad buys it. I prefer to get 2% for him, and nonfat or almond milk for them (cuz at least the fat in almond milk is the GOOD kind).
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When I was obsessively calorie counting for myself, I had this discussion with my pediatrician, and he was hesistant to even give a "calorie range" for kids. He said feed them when they're hungry and when they're full they willl stop. Of course, this only works when you, as a parent, provide healthy/balanced options and are aware of any emotional eating behaviors that might be overriding their natural hunger response. Also, I've read that if a child is overweight, it's best to approach it not about "losing" weight, but allowing them to "grow into" the weight they already have, if that makes sense.
I would personally be hesitant to make an issue of how many calories they are eating (at least not to their knowledge). I think the healthy changes you are making are awesome, and everything you learn about healthy eating is applicable to them as well. Like eating more slowly so their brain gets the signal that it's full. Or eating a protein and a complex carb together, even at snack time. If they want seconds, encourage them to have seconds of the fruits/veggies. I don't think that even my husband requires two PB&J sandwiches for sustenance. Milk is fine, but try 1% or 2% instead of whole and encourage them to drink a glass of water instead of a second glass of milk. You definitely sound like you're on the right track.
I think you are making some really great choices and changes for them.
Portions can be a challenge-that was my problem. I can still eat too much of the healthy things. U.S. portions are out of control.
We eat our share of junk food here. (I didn't mean to suggest your kids were eating junk food.) It's great that you are trying to teach them to know when enough is enough. It may prevent future health problems.
If I want my kids to stop playing video games, I give them a choice between chores and playing outside They choose playing outside every time.
I already don't give them junkfood except for on rare occasions. The problem is, instead of ONE pbj on whole wheat bread, they want two. Instead of water, they want milk. Instead of one apple or banana, they want two at a time. The snacks I have for them ARE healthy. The portions are what the problem is-not the diet itself. I didn't do small changes. I just stopped buying the crap. They were resistant at first, of course, but when they noticed, mommy is not caving on the quality of the food, but is on the portions, they took advantage-because what mom wants her kid to be hungry? I have to learn to teach them to teach their bodies when enough is enough-just like I am trying to teach myself. Another problem is that they're not entirely as active as they should be. Again, that's my fault for not encouraging it more.
I have twelve year old twins. My son is about 5ft 4 and weighs about 100 pounds. He eats non stop. I am guessing he eats about 2200 calories a day.
His sister is about 5ft 3 and 90 pounds. She eats a little less, probably 2000 calories a day.
Both are thin, and play an organized sport year round.
Maybe there are some small changes you can start with, without them noticing. Instead of chips maybe make microwave popcorn. Try fruit and cool whip for dessert. It helps to measure out portions. Have a serving of ice cream (1/2 cup) but top it with sliced berries. Sometimes processed foods like mac and cheese for kids have a lot of calories in a serving. If you are going to eat something like that, maybe cut down the serving size and add chicken and a veggie like peas or broccoli to make it more filling. Soda and juice add a lot of extra calories.
If you are going to eat fast food, check the nutrition websites first. (a jimmy johns #12 has as many calories and fat as a big mac)
They're only 11 and 7, so sparkteen isn't going to help. :(. It seems like they're supposed to have only between 1400 and 1600 calories a day, because they're little and compact. Once they get bigger, they'll definitely need more.
Oh, I know the frustration of being on hold with the doctors office. It is awful!
I searched calories for kids and I found different sites with information on kids calories but they varied. On three different websites there were three different figures for my 12 year old son. (2200, 2500 and 1600-2600) None of them asked for height, activity level, so I think they are very general.
I have seen topics on the message boards past about how to get kids to eat healthier -so those may give you ideas.
My kids are overweight and I want to prevent them from becoming obese! How do I figure out how many calories they should be eating so that they don't gain any more weight other than what is necessary? My son is being unschooled and I will be unschooling his older sister (my daughter) starting this summer as well, which means they'll be home, of course. I want to focus on teaching them how to eat healthily. Since they're too young to be mindful of what and how much they eat, it is totally up to me.
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