[QUOTE=s-piper;1160572]And this is the sentiment that leads to childhood obesity. I say that having been there myself as a kid!
I do agree that the diet that OP described is too low in carbs, fat, and calories for kids particularly if hers don't have weight problems.
But are you kidding me???
Ice cream every day? Ice cream is supposed to be a treat, not a dietary staple.
Also, no kids don't need to eat whatever they want. It isn't irresponsible parenting to not feed your kids junkfood!
Kids can, and many more than are SHOULD, be taught that to eat mostly real, unprocessed food, and that desserts, restaurant fare, store-bought snacks should be occasional treats only.
Healthy Eating 101 =/= orthorexia[/QUOTE]
Im going to take a crazy wild guess and say that when you ate junk food, it was real junk food. If you only buy whole foods, organic, free range, pastured real foods which everyone with a family should be doing then yea let them eat what they want. Of course make them big meals and let them eat their full before they snack.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with eating ice cream everyday if that ice cream only contains dairy, eggs and sugar. And before you freak out about feeding kids sugar, they NEED sugar. Breast milk is almost
Also you cant use your childhood obesity as a valid example for others to resrict their children. You could of ate pure junk, been formula fed, your mom could have ate bad when pregnant. Lots of reasons children are obese but eating their fill of whole foods is not one of them.
That menu looks like its for a sedentary postmenopausal woman trying to keep carbs low, not for children!
Give them potatoes, rice, rice pasta, tapioca (bread, pudding, etc.), lots of fruit, butter on their food, ice cream, raw and/or grass-fed milk (chocolate milk), fruit leather, dried fruit, more cheese, make GF cookies, burgers and hot dogs with GF homemade rolls, and 100% fruit juice along with those other foods.
I gotta agree with Zach on this.
No one would argue that eating processed junk and fake food is a bad idea, and that there is no need to keep that sort of stuff in the house, and definitely no need to offer it to your kids or allow them to eat all they want of it when it is around.
I'd say offer all sorts of whole, healthy, real foods. The more you can expose them to more they will retain the ability to listen to their bodies and not overeat, or go for junk food when they are old enough to be in control of their food world. If certain foods are demonized, these are the very foods that children develop a disordered relationship with as they grow up. I am the poster child for this.
A healthy relationship with food begins at this young age- if you can teach your children to appreciate food as a source of nourishment and enjoyment, and to listen to their bodies and eat accordingly, and NOT label entire food groups as "bad", they will likely be the sort of adult that makes healthy, whole foods choices, eats only when hungry, and stops when satisfied. They also will likely be the type of adult that, when/if they need to drop a few lb's, is able to simply eat a little less, and weigh a little less.
I have children of my own and try to instill this in them- they are both lean and healthy and I often marvel at how they'll often leave ice cream unfinished- something I would NEVER be able to do myself. Often times they'll eat only a pile of meat and nothing else even tho there are other foods offered. And the next day eat nothing but fruit and veggies. I believe this is because they are really listening to their bodies- it's what they need at the time.
Healthy eating is not just about what we put into our mouths. It is about having a peaceful relationship with food. And if we have that, making dietary adjustments as we need to later in life really isn't that big of a deal.
Just my $.02.
I would have loved it if my parents told me no when I had ice cream and junk food.
It would have saved me a lot of fat to deal with when I got older.
If you feed your kids ice cream or bread the best way would to make it yourself and treat it as a treat
i have a 4 year old and the transition has been hard for us cause shes so picky. things you could try to add:
GF pancake mix with maple syrup(king Arthur's flour is the only brand she likes so far)
sausage links(costco sells a giant 80 ct Jones quick & easy sausage thats GF, NO MSG, NO Nitrates for $10)
whole milk organic yogurt
string cheese sticks
rice with butter
rice noodles( tinkyada is the closest texture wise to wheat noodles they even come in animal shapes for kids!)
quality deli meat
i often make mac and cheese for my daughter with rice noodles, butter, splash of milk, and shredded cheddar. super easy and done in 20 minutes! just sounds like you need to add some more fats and carbs. good luck!
[QUOTE=Kool;1160807]I would have loved it if my parents told me no when I had ice cream and junk food.
It would have saved me a lot of fat to deal with when I got older.[/QUOTE]
You really have no way of knowing what would have happened if they had refused to let you eat what everyone else in the family was probably eating. It is doubtful it would have turned you into a healthy eater.
Your 'typical day' diet looks fine and in similar to our house, although we have unlimited fruit on the bench that the kids can graze on all day (and hot dogs would be replaced with slow cooked meat).