I agree on focusing in on the quality of the food, not the quantity. Obviously, you will have a top range, but if the food is healthy, and the kid is exercising, he can eat a lot, and still lose weight. As far as fruit juice goes, it is the one food my cardiologist thinks is worse than pop. It spikes the blood sugar with sugar, has almost no fruit, and is nutritionally the same as pop, but people think it is healthy. She told me if it came down to a pop, or a fruit juice, to drink the pop.
Otherwise, just feed him the same healthy meals you eat, maybe a little smaller serving, depending on what his doctor says. If sending lunch with him is feasible, I would recommend it. School lunches are atrocious.
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Definitely agree to ask your pediatrician and possibly a dietician about proper nutrition for a boy. You still want him to have all the nutrients he needs as his brain and body are still growing, but don't need the extra "junk". You are giving him a good variety of fruits & vegetables, but I'd make sure is getting enough good fats & proteins to keep him fuller longer. Some people are more sensitive to carbs and not balancing them out with proteins/fats will keep them craving more carbs all the time.
I'll join the chorus saying "ditch the juice boxes"... those won't likely keep him full, and maybe will make his blood sugar spike & plummet, causes him to be hungry soon after. Maybe replace the after school juice with string cheese or peanut butter (something with less sugar, more protein). Maybe cut back to 1 tortilla in the morning and add some turkey sausage instead? And curious about his school lunch... if it is balanced and filling enough without being "junk" (I remember my school lunches were sometimes pizza & french fries!)
You're doing so well getting him proper foods, it's awesome to see a mom so involved & caring for her son!
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1/14/13 12:24 P
Good for you for trying to get a handle on this before he gets too much older! Thats really great! I would speak to your ped about getting a referral to a nutritionist. Peds usually don't know enough about nutrition on their own. My son just turned 10 and has always been an eating machine. He eats a TON but he is very, very active all day. The busier you keep your son, the less he will complain about being hungry when he's really just bored or wanting to eat our of habit instead of hunger. I would also push water, water, water.. Lots of people think they're hungry when they're really just thirsty.
Some simple suggestions.. Get rid of the tortillas. They are junk food and an extra 300-500 calories every breakfast with no nutrition. Replace them with whole wheat toast and you save empty calories. Replace the juice box with a whole piece of fruit. Kids should have more than 4-6oz a day MAX of juice if at all.
Some breakfast & snack suggestions -
Oatmeal, apple & milk/water Honey but cheerios with banana srambled eggs (no butter), whole wheat toast with real fruit jam Whole wheat pancakes, sugar free syrup, berries whole wheat english muffin w/ peanut butter & honey
My advice is to quit those juice boxes. They are pretty much nutritionally void cartons of sugar. If he eats other fruit/veg he will get plenty of vitamin c elsewhere and thats the ONLY redeeming feature of fruit juice. Its also terrible for your teeth.
A glass of milk will be less calories and a lot more nutrients, couple with maybe eating some fruit and crackers it will be a much better snack and use of calories, and help with feeling fuller as well.
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7,842 1/14/13 11:53 A
I have 8 yo and 6 yo boys. They can EAT!!!! My 8 yo is tall (4'9") so his weight is fine (88 lbs). MIne is so picky he doesn't eat much fruits and veggies SO I was trying to add them with his juice. Until I realized how much sugar was in it (Even the 100%) ones. I have completely switched them to drinking the flavored water. They drink about 3-4 of them a day (16 oz each) I stock up when they are about $1.25 or less for a 6 pack. cheaper and better than the juice boxes. Even for kids and adults sometimes we think we are hungry and actually thirsty. And at 8, I am sure it's harder to know.
My 6 yo LOVES to have apple slices and dip in natural peanut butter, He has been known to have this for breakfast, or snack after school.
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1/14/13 10:17 A
The first thing I'd suggest is discussing this with his pediatrician. They will be the best resource to advise you about whether he's eating too much and if his weight is something to be concerned about. They might also be able to refer you to a registered dietitian (if need be) for additional nutritional counseling.
My oldest kids (4 and 6) are eating machines. Lots of times they eat as much as I do, but I don't worry because it's healthy food and they are growing like weeds :) One thing I noticed is that there's not much dairy in his diet. Have you thought about replacing some of the juice with milk instead?
Hope that helps,
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I have an 8 year old boy who is (still) overweight. we have been more active, I have found some things that he likes, to get him active. but we still have a problem with him wanting to eat all the time. I (and his big sister who is very worried about him) are trying to get him enough food to satisfy him but not add pounds. this is an example of a typical day: breakfast, 2 scrambled eggs, 2 tortillas, 1/2 banana, one apple juice box, lunch is at school, after school snack, 1/2 banana 1 juice box, dinner 1 serving spaghetti w/meat sauce, cucumber slices, raw broccoli, grapes, bedtime snack: 1 chobani banana greek yogurt. is this too much? enough? not enough? he is 8 and weighs 125 pounds. I am really worried about him! I want him to have enough so he is not hungry but he acts like he is ALWAYS hungry.
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