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8/12/11 1:32 P

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DD will go into 2nd grade this year. She by choice, will take her lunch. Last year we did school lunches. Personally, I prefer controlling what she eats. I know the snacks given to her by the Boys and girls club are healthy, generally fruit, but the school menu (no options) is not. I know you don't put kids on a diet, but I am struggling with ways to teach her to eat healthier, and be healthier without destroying her body image and self esteem. Kids say she's fat, she's not rolly polly but she is overweight. I want her to be healthy and happy!... Sigh, it was easier when she was 2, though then she only ate 5 things..

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5/24/11 11:08 A

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My son is in middle school. Not only is nutritional information not given, they are given 3 choices of entrées daily. One of these choices is always "kid friendly". When given the choice between a turkey sandwich and maxx cheese sticks or pizza, which choice would most kids make? The menu always contains at least one fruit/vegetable choice, but at this grade level they are not required to take it.

He doesn't want to take his lunch everyday, and no matter how much we talk about the choices, ultimately I have no control over what goes on his tray. I've decided that the best thing that I can do is try to balance his daily diet by making certain that his breakfast and dinner are healthy.

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5/24/11 8:56 A

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My daughters school prints a menu, but it doesn't have the calories on it. I don't think it is very good. I know it is hard to cook in large quantities. I also know that even if the school did serve perfect nutritious food, most kids, including mine, would not eat it. They just aren't used to it. I grew up with a garden and can't find fresh food that looks as good. I have tried gardening several times with no success.

Maybe you could send a snack with her.

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5/21/11 11:23 P

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Our district has a lot of choices too. I'm sure Derrick doesn't always eat his but he won't eat his favorite foods sometimes. I would be glad to send lunch with my son if he ate it but unfortunately even when I make his lunch he won't eat it a lot of times.

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5/18/11 2:52 P

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I wish that I could get free or reduced meals for my 2 younger children, the school lunch menu in our district looks great...definitely more exciting than what I pack my girls on a daily basis (sandwich, juice, fruit snacks, chips or something). They have a nice variety of 'substitutions' to the main meal offered and my kids actually save their allowance so that they can buy on certain days. Personally, I think that as long as the kids are active on a daily basis...more than just at recess, at home too..than they should maintian a healthy weight.

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5/6/11 2:56 P

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Hello, I also have a daughter in second grade. I have noticed this is a time for growth spurts for many of these children. I have been told by a health professional that girls especially tend to go out a little bit before they shoot up. Torsos grow before limbs.

On the other hand, I volunteer in the cafeteria at my children's school 1x a week and I see how some children only eat one or two things on their tray. If they choose to only eat hash rounds for lunch that day then obviously they are not getting a healthy lunch. I personally think if you know your child is "picky" and will not eat the fresh fruit and veggies provided it is better to pack the healthy things you know they will eat and enjoy.

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4/29/11 10:26 A

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I'm lucky our school district lists meals they are serving and most of them are under 350 calories. You can block your kids from snacks or double portions. If kids bring in birthday treats they have to be on the approved healthy snack list. I know many school districts serve fattening foods. When I was a kid I had weight problems and we always had things like pie and cake for dessert. Our kids usually get fruit or jello for dessert.

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4/25/11 11:29 P

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I am a teacher. When I used to eat the school cafeteria food I was over 50 pounds overweight. In 2009, I started working out and bringing my lunch and snacks.

I truly believe I would not have been able to lose the weight if I didn't stop eating the cafeteria food.

My weight was not good. I was stressed, and tired and had a LOT less energy. Not to mention my mood! I was irritable and cranky after eating lunch (no joke) and felt unsatisfied because it is just empty calories! Not much nutrition.

I would encourage you to talk to your daughter about her lunches (maybe a compromise of getting school lunch only on Fridays?) and how it's better for her health to bring her lunch. I know there is a lot of pressure to do what everyone else is doing. What about talking to the other moms about packing lunches...?

All the best. It's great you are on SP and are creating a healthy life for your and your family and your habits will help your daughter make healthier choices too! :)

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4/20/10 9:50 A

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My kids eat breakfast and lunch at school. They haven't gained any weight at all. Our school if you don't like the meat you can get peanut butter and jelly. they always have a fruit and veggie...

Try to get more exercise. My kids and I do some kind od exercise everyday...




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4/8/10 3:52 P

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Ask her what har choices are at school. I mean you don't want to fed her mac and chees for supper if she had it for lunch. It is a way to sneak information. I too, would look at her age and if she is getting ready for her body to change.

My daughter is starving when she gets home. Is grumpy as well. We have food battles then. If I don't stop her she will just eat and eat.

Good luck.

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3/15/10 11:13 A

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My son was buying lunch all the time at school since I was getting assistance and lunch was only .25. I realized over a couple years, he has been getting real big, but not really fat, just big boned, muscular. Anyway, this year, the school switched lunch programs they are serving better healthy foods and I cannot get assistance, I am making his lunch more often now giving him what he needs to eat not what he wants to eat. More fruit and less junk food.

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3/12/10 9:47 A

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Our school district prints a monthly menu with the nutrition info on it. The thing is that the nutrition info is by & large federally mandated. By law school lunches have to provide 1/3 of a a childs daily requirement of calories - meaning that the lunch will be around 600 calories. I think they have to have one fruit OR vegetable (and a packet of ketchup is counted as a vegetable). The laws really need to be changed but that is another discussion.

Many schools have 2 options and sides to go with their lunch plans. Our school used have one meal and pizza as a second option every day. So lots of kids would have a piece of pizza and a chocolate milk everyday. (yikes!) This year we went to a rotating second option that is a bit better. There is also additional fruit and veg options, plus a salad bar, available. On the other side we also have a rack of snacks available that kids can get. This is where I think the discussion about choices comes in. Another piece of the picture is to look at what kind of snacks she is having. If she really wants to eat the school lunch for the social piece then maybe focus on having an extra healthy after school snack, of fewer desserts, whatever, to balance out the day.

It sounds like you both are really on track. She's hitting that age where you start to lose control over thier meal choices and it can be an adjustment. I'm still working on it myself. :)

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3/10/10 1:17 P

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my daughter is seven and in the second grade. she has never been big per se, you can just tell she has gained a few pounds ever since she started eating at school. I started this program back in June of 08 and lost 60+ lbs and she really took to it with me. she always asks me questions about what is healthy and junk. if she should eat it or not. Like you said though I don't want to make this a battle. I had a similar battle with myh mother and it was hard to break free from it. I am finally getting back into the swing of things after having my third child two months ago so I'm finally getting into exercise. I even try to get all my kids in on it to get them active. I even took her friends with us yesterday for a walk and I carried the baby.

I think some of it is just winter weight gain and she will lose some of it here. She is just right in the weight department as far as the charts go. I think I will check on the school website and see if I can see the nutritional info. Then I can go over it with my daughter to see what she thinks.
thanks for the advice. It really helps.

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3/10/10 12:42 P

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While I can't speak for your daughter's school specifically, I know that there are some schools that provide nutritional information on the lunches they serve.

Try checking out your daughter's school district website for any information about the foods being provided.

Otherwise, it may well be due to lack of activity in the winter months- or even growth spurt! So, I'd say just keep an eye out for a while before getting too concerned.

If the school lunches don't provide you some information you like, at the very least, maybe you and she can find a happy middle ground (School Lunches every Friday, She can buy lunch with money she earns herself, etc.)

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3/10/10 12:42 P

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I would be cautious about attempting to "make" her do anything regarding food. Don't set up a battle here because you can't win it. Instead I would try to, in a casual tone, talk with her about nutrition and health. Obviously this is an issue in your life, or you would not be here, and be open with her about the changes you are trying to make and why. Ask her about what she is having for lunch and what choices she can make. For example: is she always having a bag of chips & would it be better for her body if she only had a bag of chips once a week and fruit the other days. Try to problem solve it together. At the same time certianly also talk about physical activity. This time of the year kids are often relagated to indoor recess and that just doesn't do it for thier activity needs the way going outside does. With spring coming things could turn around quite naturally.

You didn't say how old your dau is but also know that it is normal for pre-teens to gain a bit as their bodies prepare for the changes that are starting to occur. Boys often thicken up a bit before a growth spurt and while that is not as common in a girl it still could be happening to her. During her next well doc appt talk with him/her about your dau's weight and if there is any reason to be concerned and what they would suggest.

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3/10/10 8:16 A

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My daughter used to pack her lunch so I could control a lot fo what she was eating during the day. Then, most of her friends started eating school lunches and she decided she wanted to do this also. She gets it free so cost wasn't an issue, but it seems that she has started to gain some weight not much just a few pounds since she started eating the school lunches a few months ago. She doesn't like a lot of the hot lunches so she eats sandwiches mostly. Should I be making her pack again or just wait and see since the weather is getting nice and she is starting to go outside and play?

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