Because whenever I buy them to go in lunchboxes they get snaffled and my older 2 DC are getting fat. They have good meals - balanced-ish and home-cooked but too much snacking on junk is causing havoc. So no more sandwiches and fruit in lunchboxes and no extras. I don't mind the off visit to the cake shop or the ice-cream van after school but nothing will be kept at home.
If they are hungry they can have cheese, ham, fruit, crackers, bread, I suspect they will find they are starving a lot less frequently than they have been.
It makes a big difference, I have had gestational diabetes for the last 9 weeks and obviously haven't been eating that kind of stuff so it hasn't been bought. Dp and I have lost loads of weight and the kids have barely noticed (although they still do have plenty of treats). I would like to keep it up after I give birth next week (after a minor chocolate fest ) but god knows if we will manage especially with christmas looming.
Sounds good! However, I'd omit the cheese and ham from the allowed snack list - they are high in fat and salt - the fruit and carbs might be better, (and yogurts maybe, or dried fruits as well as fresh?)
Just an idea but how about introducing 'supper' somewhere between dinner and bed. That way you can do something cheap and simple like porridge or soup. ATM it just sounds like you've replaced one form of junk with another (except the fruit, which is highly acidic).
Not sure about the 'junk' aspect of it. I agree there are quite a lot of calories in some of it but it isn't 'junk' ie not empty calories. And no, I don't have time to make soup or porridge in the evenings. I expect them to feed themselves after the main meal.
also - endless rounds of toast. it is what most teens/pre-teens end up filling up on...
could you cook up large vats of soup at the wekend (doesn't take huge amounts of time) - can then be bulked out with potatoes/root veg - and then dc can help themselves in the week? just a couple of minutes in the microwave in a mug...
Wahhh! Am a bit shocked at all the low-fat suggestions TBH. I don't do low-fat! So far it's worked OK for me. It all sounds too much like a standard low-cal diet. I was hoping that eating proper food with a decent chunk of protein would keep them full up. Instead of crisps/biscuits that don't fill up but have shed loads of salt/sugar/additives etc.