Day 59: Are kids becoming constant eaters?

3 03 2010

An article on MSNBC recently explained how researchers have discovered that more than 27 percent of calories consumed by American kids (age 2-18) come in the form of snacks between meals. Major sources of those extra calories are from salty snacks, candy, desserts and sodas. According to the article, kids snack so often that they are approaching “constant eating.”

I expect many adults are doing the same thing. I know if I don’t make a conscious effort to watch what I eat, it’s easy for me to “graze” all day long while at work. Once I started this blog and began tracking what I eat, it helped me put my daily food intake into better perspective. I’m still struggling with staying within my calorie allowance each day, but I’m getting better. And I am more selective with what I eat. Now I just need to stop going out to eat dinner every night. (I think I keep saying that, don’t I?)

Today’s starting weight: 151

Food journal:

— Fat free yogurt with organic granola = 280 cal.

— Wendy’s spicy chicken sandwich = 430
— Iced tea = 0

— Grilled chicken sandwich = 262
— Potato salad = 358
— Iced tea = 0

— Fat free chocolate pudding = 60

Thanks for visiting. See you tomorrow.




2 responses

4 03 2010

I didn’t let my kids eat any soda, candy, cake, ice cream, etc. until they were 4 years old. Now they are 8, and they don’t like any of it. To them, fruit is the greatest dessert on earth. When they go to birthday parties all the parents think they are weird because they think cake and ice cream is gross. I had one parent ask me if they were allergic to donuts.

4 03 2010

I wish I could say no to sweets as easily as your kids. Unfortunately donuts are a favorite of mine that I find particularly difficult to pass up.

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