Wednesday, April 25, 2012
My hubby made us an appointment (me, him, and our 13 and 15 yr old boys) to get some nutritional counseling from a registered dietician. I felt it was important because I felt like my boys were viewing me as the mean Mom who is saying "no" to cookies, soda, candy, fast food, etc.... just to be mean. I wanted them to hear from a professional the right way to eat. And for them to understand the importance of eating healthy.
My 15 yr old is set on joining the military and currently is only about 5 lbs under the maximum weight. He needs to start eating healthier and exercising more because at the rate he is going he will not qualify. My husband is kind of taking on the fitness aspect for him, which is a good thing because I get too easily frustrated with him when he wants to quit after 2 minutes, lol.... My husband is WONDERFUL about working out with him and apparently they are doing amazingly well. My son got an initial baseline evaluation at the gym and is getting reevaluated next week to look at his improvement. Excited to see that!
OK, well initially the RD asked my children and my husband their activity level and told them their reccommended calorie range based on their activity level. She had a pretty colorful poster she was going off of. For me, she just says "Mom, you definitely need to be in the 1600 calorie range". She didn't even ask me my activity level! I felt like she just assumed I was a lazy Mom who just fluttered about the house all day. Grrrr..... I know better, lol.
So, once I got over being offended by that, it was really a great visit! She was wonderful with my kids. My 13 yr old is all about being fit and healthy so there are no worries there. But my 15 yr old really soaked everything in and I loved it! He asked a lot of questions and I *think* she really got through to him. He asked her about sodas and she told him he absolutely needed to stay FAR away from the regular full sugar sodas. And while she would rather he stay away from diet sodas, if he HAD to have one, then one diet per day is all. NO MORE.
I thnk she got through to him regarding his school breakfast. Our school offers free breakfasts to the kids and he gets a donut or pop tart every morning. We talked about other breakfasts he could either eat at home before school OR something he could grab if he was running late and eat at the bus stop or before school.
She gave us a list of about 50 healthy snacks. She encouraged him to got through it and mark which ones he would eat. SO that is now hanging on our refirigerator. I bought the ingredients for several of them. She challenged him to try 2 new vegetables every week. And 2 new fruits. He was all for it! And last night discovered he likes kiwi and strawberries.
OK, but anywyas.... Our family is now going to focus on "the plate". That poster is now on our fridge too. We talked a lot about that. Everybody is on board. We talked about our over indulgence of the grain/starches. Normally, when we would do pasta, we would also do a bread. You see, in the past, I would make my meal "special" , but no more. The four of us are going to eat the same thing every day. It is very exciting. DH is really gung ho about this too.
There are only a few weeks left of school, but we are, next year, going to focus on packing healthy lunches and really fine tune our daily requirements from the various food groups.
So that's what' going on for us! I have been having binge issues still. Finally had my crown fixed this morning and it hurt like heck and I comforted myself with some Starbucks pastries. Just alot of stuff gong on right now.... Not bad stuff by any means, but I am finding solace in overeating. Doesn't make sense. The nutritional counseling helped and I am hoping will help kick my rrear back in line.