Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Eating Like a Champ

It wasn't long ago when I was bemoaning the fact that The Little Miss wasn't really eating much. I worried about her protein intake and a bit scared she just wasn't taking in enough calories. She's always been long and lean and I never got to enjoy those rolls of baby fat the moms and grannys love to pinch.

Although she is still a skinny girl, things have taken on a big 180 degree turn in the eating department. She's eating like a pig. Ever since she started pre-school 5 days a week, she's been a champion eater. I pack lunches that seem unreasonably large, expecting at least half of it to come back with her at the end of the day.

Our pre-school teacher carefully packs up any uneaten scraps so we know exactly what our kids have eaten or rather, not eaten. And everyday, I am amazed at what I don't get back. All that comes back are the zip lock bags and Tupperware that was once loaded with food.
I'm learning from her this is a probably a really great way to eat. She has a good hearty breakfast, usually fruit and cereal or or a whole wheat waffle, fruit and some OJ. She wakes up hungry and ready to eat. Then her lunch consists of a serving or 2 of protein, 2 or 3 servings of fruit and veggies, crackers and/or nuts, a string cheese and water. Around 4 o'clock she has a snack and around 6:30 it's dinner time where she'll graze on whatever we're having for dinner. Her biggest meal by far is lunch and other than that she has small meals and small snacks throughout the rest of the day.

I worry and I hope I am teaching The Little Miss about healthy eating patterns and good food choices. So far things seem to be working well and this just goes to show if you eat right and are busy all day you really can eat 1/2 your body weight in food each day. Well, not really but with all the food she eats at lunch, that's what it seems like.
A typical lunch: cottage cheese, peaches, plum, snap crisps, crackers, pretzels, cheese and a PJ and tofu sandwich

What comes back...empties.


Aleta said...

Wow - I'm impressed with what you pack for lunch and that a child is willing to eat it! Excellent that you are giving fruit and healthy items!

MizFit said...

seriously impressive...Im dreading preschool for that reason :)

my tornado is a great eater now---but I fear once she sees the kids chowing on hohos and not mandarin oranges it may all shift!

Sagan said...

Sounds like your Little Miss is an incredibly healthy girl! I really like that idea of the teacher returning the scraps so you know what your child has been eating. That's smart.

Allison said...

Your little girl has the right idea: eat enough food to fill you up and give you the energy to complete your day. Sounds like you're doing a great job as a mom! :)

Missicat said...

That's great - Sounds like she is developing very healthy eating habits thanks to you!

Juice said...

Great job instilling good eating habits at an early age!