Ways To Encourage Eating More
Posted 16 May 2012 - 05:49 AM
Son-diagnosed Sept. 2011 with numbers off the chart, positive biopsy, hypothyroidism, ADHD, PDD (totally mainstreamed in School)
Daughter-diagnosed Jan. 2012 with no symptoms blood test positive, biopsy negative, hypothyroidism. Chose to go Gluten Free, dancer and straight A high school student
Husband-positive blood test, hypothyroidism and decided to skip the endoscopy
Posted 16 May 2012 - 08:32 AM
Weight gain by snacking would be weight gain by increasing fat percentage. Nothing healthy about that.
"is there another way I can gain weight other than eating?"
Real weight gain means more muscles, which of course comes from exercising in combination with eating more proteins...
Diagnosed Celiac 12-Apr-2012
Dairy intolerant, B12 malabsorption, Bile acid malabsorption.
Lifetime of misdiagnoses.
2008-2011 Lived in Thailand, almost symptom free.
Now only eat Thai food.
Easy to cook - gluten/dairy free - delicious
Posted 16 May 2012 - 09:06 AM
But I feel for your son, maybe he is feeling like I am right now, I feel like "do I have to eat?" LOL. But no joke. I just have too many issues with food and it's just not enjoyable anymore. Plus we often don't feel like eating because food makes us feel unwell. I have the challenge of being underweight too. I was able to gain but it took a lot of consistancy over a long time and I had to put some of my feelings about food aside. Sorry, but it's true. I still do.
That being said, it really helps to keep trying new things, not too much at once, but keep trying. I dug out a new recipe that DH and I will try this weekend because I am in a big food rut right now. Also we have to think that the success is in trying, not whether or not we like the results. We need a few hits sometimes but we can't get stuck in the misses. You also need to try new things that he can eat as a family. It makes a big differnce to have it on the family table, no matter what our age.
Ideally you don't want him to be just eating carbs. That will contribute to feeling unwell. No fear of fats-full fat dairy is a good thing. And protein, ideally from meat or eggs at each meal. But you may just have to start with anything if he's in a real rut-even just a differnt veg or fruit. Maybe rotate his favorites so that he doesn't get too used to one thing and it becomes a crutch. Sometimes our tummies and minds need to be retrained to get used to variety.
Get into the kitchen and make things together. Enlist him with helping in family meal prep. I've been teaching my son kitchen skills for a few years now. My goal is that he can cook for himself by the time he graduates high-school. It's just a basic life skill and esp. important with food allergies on board. He doesn't need to stay for the whole meal prep, if that feels like too much. I often have my son do one task and then he is free to go like cutting lettuce for tacos, peeling apples and cutting them for apple crisp, flipping pancakes after I've made the batter, browning ground beef for tacos etc. It's good for him and helps me;)
Just some ideas. Each family and kid and situation is different but hopefully some of that will help.
Son: ADHD '06,
neg. CELIAC PANEL 5/07
ALLERGY: "positive" blood and skin tests to wheat, which triggers his eczema '08
ENTEROLAB testing: elevated Fecal Anti-tissue Transglutaminase IgA Dec. '08
other food allergies
Posted 17 May 2012 - 05:07 PM
As a teen, I had a very rough time when I had some sort of stomach thing happen to me. I got very ill and couldn't keep any food down. When I finally got better I was still so fearful of food and even drinks with calories in them that I wouldn't eat a thing and would only drink water or diet soda. I reached a dangerously low weight. For me the appetite stimulant did work.
The only thing I can suggest is to keep food available at all times and encourage him to eat it. Sounds like he needs to be eating more protein. Adding fat to the diet isn't necessarily a bad thing but it needs to be good fats like olive oil, avocado or avocado oil, coconut oil, etc.
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