My son, who is 11, asked me last week why I wanted to lose weight. I explained about the health pitfalls (hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, high cholesterol) that await me if I don't lose weight now. He said he didn't want me to be different and he didn't think I was fat.
I said, "Maybe I'm not fat in your eyes, but I do need to weigh less that I do right now."
He then asked how much weight I thought I needed to lose and we had a discussion about weight and health and popular culture which was good for both of us. I said I don't want to be too skinny (for me, less than 150) because it is too much work to maintain, but I wanted to lose enough weight to ensure a healthier future for me. My son makes (for the most part) healthy food choices and has stopped drinking sodas because "they're not healthy for you, Mom!"
He is a very "deep" kid and always has been. I say he is an old soul in a young body.
My eight year-old daughter, on the other hand, lives on starchy carbohydrates, eats broccoli only under duress and eats virtually no fruit. We have had multiple lectures/conversations about her eating habits and her health. Women on both sides of the family tend to be short and heavy-set, so I am concerned about her future. When I serve a meal she doesn't like, she will make herself a sandwich or comb the fridge for leftover pasta or rice. Any suggestions on how to handle this picky, unhealthy eater?
This year in school she will have a good introduction to nutrition and learn how to read a nutrition facts label. I am interested in seeing how she reacts to this information...
On the SLD side of things...
I have been eating more chocolate, but not really "craving" it, just leftover vacation mentality. I was REALLY HUNGRY for dinner last night and ate more than I have in a while and didn't feel stuffed afterward. As a consequence, I took 2 TBL of ELOO at bedtime last night, but still took only 1 TBL this morning. I'll keep doing that for several days to see if the appetite suppression jumps back up. I'm also thinking about switching to the walnut oil, since the Omega 3s are better.
I know I need to work on drinking more water. I have a bad habit of not drinking anything during the day (not even with meals) and then drinking several cups of water at bedtime. I need to spread out my water consumption during the day. I've been trying to remember to fill up my cup when I get up to walk around, but I haven't always carried it out with me. I need a good reminder posted somewhere I can see it when I walk around....I'll have to think of a good place.
Sorry about this meandering post! I have brain-fog from the heat!
Walking in the heat (76 degrees at 6:30 this morning; 96 at 1:00 pm) is not fun! I'll be glad when this hot airmass moves out to sea in a few days and we cool down to our normal summer temps in the high 80s.