It was another rainy day for us so we were stuck inside again. Eating was one of the main activities of the day -- other than Skyping with mommy and then with Uncle Deedoo.
Towards the end of the day, I got to thinking about when, how much and what the girls had eaten. Here's a list:
- 8:30 AM -- coconut flour/egg pancakes with raspberry reduction // strawberries // 2 boiled eggs each
- Noonish -- split a bag of frozen mangos
- 6ish -- leftover grass fed, beef hot dogs // 72% dark chocolate
- 8ish -- apple sauce // almond milk and two pickles each
It can be easy to get caught up in making sure your kids eat breakfast, a snack, lunch, a snack, dinner, and a snack.
But it doesn't have to be that way. Kids' healthy little, clean-slate bodies are really in tune with hunger and cravings -- for instance, if they want something salty they'll eat a pickle (if that's an option -- they'll also eat potato chips if there's not a healthy, salty option around).
I emphasize 'healthy' because if kids are not healthy (just like adults), their food reward systems will be all jacked and they'll be hungry every 30 seconds.
Here's how I look at how my girls eat:
today they had grass-fed beef, fruit, eggs, fermented veggies, nuts, coconut, chocolate and a tiny bit of sugar (in the small square of super, dark chocolate).
That's a pretty good cumulative day of nutrition in my opinion. And I wouldn't have cared if they had eaten most of that during the middle of the day and not eaten much for breakfast or dinner -- or any combination, just as long as they got good food...and didn't get non-human food.
They'll eat when they're hungry and drink when they're thirsty. I just try to have healthy options available when they do -- and try to get as much good fat in them as I can so they don't burn up easily digested carbs and have to eat all the time. Fat will keep them sated.
Well what about school lunches? Yeah -- that's a whole different topic and one that will require a whole separate article. This is just a quick thought about getting your head out of the paradigm that kids have to eat something three times a day and all times in between and if they don't eat everything that's put in front of them at a standard "meal" time they get punished.
Problems can arise from this rule of thought if they don't eat at lunch then when they do get hungry an hour later, the only thing available is a pop tart.
My one sentence version of the school lunch thought is -- send human foods to school with them since 99% of school lunch food in America is not human food.
Bottom line -- stop worrying about when and how much your kids are eating and start worrying more about WHAT your kids are eating. And the 'what' should be human food for human kids.