Thursday, February 5, 2009

Thick and Thin

Jack Sprat could eat no fat;
His wife could eat no lean;
And so betwixt them both, you see,
They licked the platter clean.

I had never heard this nursery rhyme until my daughter got a book of Mother Goose for Christmas. It really suits my family. See I have one underweight child, one average (normal) weight child and two parents who could stand to loose a few but are otherwise healthy. We can't obviously follow the rhyme to a "T" that would be unhealthy. So how do you fatten up one, and maintain healthy diets for the rest without making multiple meals! it's been tough.

We mostly do it by adding extra fats (butter, mayo, bacon, etc) to our underweight son's diet. We also have recently started doing Carnation breakfasts with him (thank you Charlie and Lola! Strawberry milk is now "cool" enough to drink). We also allow him desserts and fast food more frequently then we would otherwise. I hate the fast food part. It tears me up inside. However he will eat an entire cheeseburger at the big M and that sometimes is more meat then he eats all I turn the other way and hope it won't last forever!

We have been lucky up to now. My daughter is such a picky eater the only time she throws a fit that he gets something different is with desert. She won't touch a happy meal, not even the fries. But I assume this battle will only get harder as she gets older.

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