We did a lot of dining out during the long weekend so it’s nice to get back to meals at home. Nothing too exciting this week. I’m taking advantage of Big A’s new interest in shrimp with Italian night. And the weather has suddenly turned warm so we might barbecue on Friday.
For more weekly meal plan ideas see Org Junkie.
What’s Cooking This Week?
Tuesday: Tomato Cheesy Pasta with Shrimp, fruit and a salad
Wednesday: Kids’ Choice
Thursday: Salmon Sticks, roasted sweet potatoes, fruit and salad
Friday: Southwest Turkey Burgers, baked fries, with roasted asparagus
Weekend: Make your own pizzas (we eat out one night and eat in the other)
More from Cooking Light…
I’m so hungry!
Lately Little D has been talking about how hungry he is. Sometimes he states a general hunger but he often says he’s hungry for something. I’m hungry for chocolate. I’m hungry for muffin. I’m hungry for cookie.
It can be hard when your child says they’re hungry — it definitely pulls on the parenting emotional strings. But research shows that around 3 children become more sensitive to environmental cues of food intake. And it takes a while to match hunger and satiety language to what they are feeling physically. So they may say they are hungry because they want to eat a desirable food, are bored or even when they experience uncomfortable feelings.
What helps me get through this stage is structured meals, letting my children know the next eating occasion is around the corner (and that it’s okay to be hungry!). If the mealtime is far away, I offer fruit. But Little D hasn’t been taking the fruit and hasn’t been eating any more at meal time after claims of hunger, which tells me he’s testing the waters.
Basically, he’s trying to take over my job of deciding what and when to eat, and I’m not letting him. I do always try to incorporate the things he likes in sensible ways. Big A went through this around age 3 too — but over time it got better.
Anyone else experiencing this?
New Weighty Research
You may have heard about the new research revealing that people in the overweight BMI category were found to have the least chance of dying compared to those who are obese or at normal weight. I interviewed the lead researcher of the study to get the details in this recent WebMD post.
Another study published in Pediatrics found that overweight adolescent kids (14-18 years) seeking weight loss treatment experienced a great deal of weight-based stigmatization. Mostly from their peers (92%) and friends (70%) but also from adults such as sports/PE teachers (42%), parents (37%) and teachers (27%)!!
I just think we have lost the big picture — overly focusing on weight as the gold standard of health. It seems odd to me, at a time that we have worked to tame so many prejudices, that weight stigmas remain so acceptable and common. I think it’s because people view weight as something someone can control — and that somehow shaming will motivate them (research shows this couldn’t be further from the truth!).
I plan on spending some time posting about this subject soon. What do you think about it?
Have a good rest-of-the week!