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Guest Post – My cousin shares her dilemma

My cousin delivered her second son prematurely and shares the on-going dilemma of dealing with his diet.  I’m sure we can all relate to some degree.  


I went into motherhood with this great idea that my children would eat better than me. They would grow up loving vegetables and would request an apple over a french fry.


My plan was moving along successfully with my oldest, Logan. Then along came Reese…..17 weeks early.

We were introduced to a whole new world of food and just how much we take for granted the ease at which we eat. Initially, it was his lack of strength to be able to suck…on anything! With real food came the confusion with what to do with it in his mouth. After 2 years of speech and occupational therapy and finally 5 weeks at an intensive feeding clinic, Reese learned to move food around in his mouth. He mastered chewing at age 3, manipulating the food to the sides of his mouth so his teeth could do the work.

Once he could chew properly we moved onto fattening him up. Lackluster vegetables wouldn’t do so we added butter and oil to everything. He indulged in fatty sweets and slowly his diet became miserably unhealthy.

This was NOT what I had in mind for my children. The struggle to get him to eat something healthy with “fat” on top of it became increasingly tiring though. It was a little bite of pop-tart here and the brownie there just to get something in him so that he could maintain his place in the 5th percentile of the growth chart.


With time, those completely unhealthy foods have become the only diet of our 6 year old who still only weighs 35 pounds. While meals remain a constant frustration, I choose my battles wisely. I’ll give in on the broccoli if it means a pop-tart will add 5 grams of weight to his belly.




Posted by on February 25, 2013 in Uncategorized


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This is Not A HOAX

“You ‘say’ that you don’t buy anything.  You ‘say’ that you’re cleaning the pantry and freezer out.  But, you also share your grocery bill.  There are a whole bunch of meals being eaten that you aren’t telling us about. This must be a ‘hoax’.”

Since this is essentially the week of coming clean, I guess I should too.

The Great Purge is NOT A HOAX.

Does it have rules?  Yes.

Have I shared them all?  Probably not.

Here goes:


The Great Purge involves purchasing no proteins (to be used for the supper meal);

The Great Purge does not allow for purchasing of any starches (pasta, potato, rice, etc);

The Great Purge is the main way we are eating all supper meals;

All types (fresh, frozen and canned) of fruits and vegetables are allowable purchases;

Proteins are purchased for breakfast (sausage, bacon, eggs and milk) and for kids’ school lunches (string cheese, sliced cheese and lunch meat, peanut butter);

Starches are purchased for non-supper meals (potato chips for kid lunches, bread for sandwiches, flour and sugar for baking purposes);

The Great Purge does not prevent us from eating out.


That’s the whole list.

If you are following #ByTheNumbers, my next blog post will focus on what I’m buying at the grocery store.

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Posted by on January 18, 2013 in Uncategorized


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