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Dr. Purvis says we should give our kids a snack every two hours, but that doesn’t always seem like enough. Knowing that my son’s food anxiety goes all the way back to the beginning, I decided to make myself his life source, giving him constant nourishment.
I began with this, “Hey bud. I’ve noticed you’ve been pretty hungry lately. I want you to know I’m taking care of you and make sure you have all the food you need. Here’s a yummy snack for you.”
Fruit is what our little guy craves, but I decided to go with the protein. I began with feeding him every thirty minutes, before he asked. After a couple hours, I was able to stretch it out to forty five and then eventually an hour. Every time I give him food, I tell him how wonderful it is to take care of him and give him what he needs. Once I got to an hour, he did ask for a snack at which point I reminded him that I’ve given him food all day, and I will keep giving him food. He only asked once. I’m keeping it at small snacks every hour with a very light lunch for about a week before trying to stretch it to two.
Results? Happy boy. No screaming about food or whining for a snack. Happy mom. Fruit bowl lasting more than one day.
A list of snacks:
- Boiled egg
- 1/2 cup roasted edamame or chickpeas
- Beef jerky (no preservatives is best)
- Cliff bar
- Wasa (aka, Riveta) bread with vegetable cream cheese spread
- Hummus and veggies
- Trail mix
- Little smokies
- Pistachios or other nuts. Cashews are low in phenols.
- Peanut butter energy balls (peanut butter, honey, coconut, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, chocolate chips, oatmeal, whatever else makes you happy)
- Grain-free muffins or granola
- Grass-fed gelatin jigglers
Feeding him every hour seems like a lot, but the snacks are smaller, and he’s actually getting less than if he has free range. Keep in mind, he only needs a small lunch in middle of all this eating. That’s when he gets his fruit!
I realize it won’t work for everyone, but I hope it helps someone!
What snacks can you add to the list? Has this technique worked for you? If not, what has?
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