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KASTRA Posts: 369
8/29/14 9:58 A

@ Michelle - He does like rice, but that is the only grain he can / will eat other than some crackers. He eats quite a bit of it - just not that day. He's not on an intentional gluten-free diet, but as I've mentioned in some other posts, he's special needs and has some dietary food taste and texture aversions. Bread / any grain product with yeast will not fly with him, but he eats grain products without yeast, like crackers and non-yeast breads (sparingly), some pastas, etc. The toast I make for him sometimes is from a focaccia loaf I keep on-hand for him.

Bananas...he'll eat one occasionally if it's firm (skin is just on the yellow side from green), but the mushier it is, the more likely he'll turn his nose up or get gaggy. Eggs are hit or miss with him depending on his mood and how they're prepared; scrambled are okay a couple times a week, but he'll turn his nose up to any other cook method or if we try to feed eggs to him more often than that. His natural cravings and choices are a dietician's dream; I only wish I had the natural inclinations he does.

@ Gramcracker - I know, I watch him inhaling and think of how huge I'd be if I ate like that. Luckily, his appetite seems to be driven entirely by need. At least right now (he's just 11), he'll eat like this for a few weeks, then his appetite will slack off to more normal levels for a while. Somewhere in there, he tends to shoot up in height. So, we go with it and let him eat when he says he's hungry. He makes primarily healthy choices 90% of the time, so I'm not complaining. Well, not about that at least. Taking out a second mortgage to fund these episodes, though, whew! We just fenced our back yard this year, so I'm planning a garden for next spring to try to supplement our veggie budget.

@ Soapandropes - Yeah, he's a healthy weight for his age and height so we don't deny him and do not micromanage his diet like I do my own. We just watch in awe, lol. It's like an overnight light switch. One day, he's eating normal for a kid. The next day and for a couple weeks, it's like he's developed a tape worm and can't get enough. He chooses primarily healthy snacks, so we let him have what he chooses and just guide decisions if he leans towards empty calorie options too often (some treats are permitted occasionally). We control the actual meal choices - taking into account his tastes - to round him out.

Edited by: KASTRA at: 8/29/2014 (09:59)
8/29/14 9:28 A

I ate a ton as a teenager (tall, and I played sports), and boys are worse. As long as he is active and still growing tall I wouldn't worry about it. Try to have healthy snacks for him to eat after school. It will slow down eventually, just teach him about healthy eating choices and cooking so he can fend for himself when he goes off to college.

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8/28/14 9:35 P

Rice provides a lot of calories for very little money. And on another positive note, if I had to eat a grain, I would choose rice. Does he like bananas? Eggs? Also, we save money by buying meat with the skin on.

GRAMCRACKER46 Posts: 1,421
8/27/14 7:17 P

My son and daughter-in-law are raising 4 boys, which includes 1 teen and 2 preteens. If they eat what my son did, holy cow! They garden, preserve and cook from scratch when they can.

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8/27/14 11:03 A

KASTRA: I can't believe how quickly the refrigerator gets depleted. On the plus side, I rarely throw anything away. emoticon

Like your son, my kids are not eating unhealthy things. It just is a lot!

Edited by: CLARK971 at: 8/27/2014 (11:11)
KASTRA Posts: 369
8/27/14 10:55 A

@ Clark - bless you! Two teenagers at the same time?

I know what you mean. I used to balk at diaper and formula cost, but that was nothing compared to this.

I follow the same philosophy. We feed him when he says he's hungry and just encourage him to stop when he's full (not stuffed). While he eats a TON, it seems to be going somewhere useful. He's got a little bit of baby pudge pinch spots still, but is leaning up as he gets taller despite the wholesale devastation on anything in the refrigerator.

KASTRA Posts: 369
8/27/14 10:06 A

The chicken was skinless and boneless, and yes, he has a bit of butter on his corn (both of them, lol). While that meal was low fat, he gets plenty at his other meals. His grandpa watches him during the day; we homeschool evenings and weekends since we both work so his g'parents provide daytime care and spoil him rotten when taking him around on field trips almost daily. His typical breakfast is bacon or sausage, cheese sticks, French fries, and apples and grapes. For lunch yesterday he had a steak, a huge bowl of green beans, and some more French fries. He snacks 2 or 3 times a day, also - typically cheese, crackers, and carrots or some other veggie or fruit that he can munch on when the mood strikes him.

All he drinks is water - we got lucky there. He'll drink Sprite if we order it for him, and once in a while he gets a taste for lemonade, but other than that, he drinks water like a fish.

@Deanna - We also hesitate to discourage him from eating when he's hungry but remind him to only eat until full and there are no problems with saving food for leftovers. Unless he starts to show signs of weight problems, I know pre-teen and teenage boys need more food for all that growing, so we let him have what he wants so long as it isn't junk food all the time. Luckily, his preferences tend towards healthier options most of the time. My shock is from the grocery bill and clothing budget - four times this past year, we had to buy him all new clothes! If his recent surge in appetite is any indication, he's got yet another growth spurt coming so I'm going to start sale watching to get another size up piece by piece on discount...that's the only thing I know to do to keep from going broke! LOL

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8/27/14 10:03 A

I have 13 year old twins.

Way back, I thought diapers and formula were expensive. That was before I had to feed two growing teenagers.

They both eat a lot. My daughter ate dinner before soccer practice yesterday. She came home dripping in sweat and ate another full dinner. My son is about 5 ft 9 and 115-120 pounds. My daughter is 5 ft 6 and maybe 105-110 pounds. They are both really active and play sports year round. Football training has started for my son. So now he will be even hungrier.

Even when they were younger, I encouraged them to eat when you are hungry, and to stop when you are full. I always thought they would know best if they were hungry or not.

Edited by: CLARK971 at: 8/27/2014 (11:03)
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8/27/14 9:09 A

I have a 14 year old son who eats all the time and drinks tons of water. I carefully remind him that he doesn't need to eat all the time but I don't want him to think that he cannot eat if he is hungry. I, to, am going to go broke with the grocery bill if he keeps it up!

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8/27/14 12:20 A

Is the chicken skinless? Is he adding butter to his corn? I think fats are so valuable: filling, increase absorbtion of A, D, E, K, and aid in brain development.

KASTRA Posts: 369
8/26/14 11:26 P

Tonight's dinner was grilled chicken, corn on the cob, macaroni and cheese, and salad. Portions were made so there was just enough for the three of us, and then we sat down to the table. My precious 11 year old inhaled his plate before I'd finished getting my salad situated how I like it, and asked for more. He's been growing like a weed lately and it's all going to height, so assuming he needed the energy, I split my chicken with him and he got another ear of corn. That was gone before I'd finished my salad, so my husband split his chicken with him and he got half of my mac and cheese along with another salad.

All told, the kid ate what I'd estimate to be 8-10 oz of chicken (I don't measure his food), know he ate 2 ears of corn on the cob, 1.5-2 cups of mac and cheese, and two salads (he doesn't like dressing on his). Then he asked for dessert!

I'd helped myself to a larger than normal helping of mac and cheese, though, and replaced my stolen chicken with a bit more salad, so it worked out for all of us!

Someone tell me the black hole-like inhalation of food slows down at least periodically! He's perfectly healthy and has shot up four clothing sizes this year, just about all height and is almost as tall as me...before he's even a teenager. We're going to be driven bankrupt from the grocery bills if this keeps up!

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