To be concerned my daughters diet is very measured
jecklandhyde · 10/07/2017 18:38
She's slim but healthy weight at the moment.
She eats junk food. Today she had two mr kipling bakewell tarts and 2 chocolate digestive biscuits.
BUT, sweet food is the only junk food she has. She would NEVER tuck into a big bowl of lasagne, creamy mash, macaroni cheese, pizza for example. She wouldn't eat a take away.
All her main meals are low fat. For example for breakfast she will have overnight oats made with no fat yogurt, oats and fruit.
Lunch is something like a baked potato, beans and tuna
dinner is then wholemeal bread with soup.
She has snacks of wholemeal toast,ham, sometimes a small amount of cheese(2 babybel at most) inbetween meals.
I don't believe she has the recommended level of fat in her diet at all. Yes she has sweet treats but it's not in an enormous amount and wouldn't equal the recommended amount of fat from that.
She seems to eat very low fat meals so she can eat sweet treats and not go over calories but she isa hugely against eating any savoury foods that aren't low in fat.
She won't eat nuts or high fat meats as she says she would rather eat fat from cake!
Does this diet seem the right amount of recommended calories?
Would you be concerned or is this normal?
I know lots of people like to eat healthy but this is a bit restrictive. I don't overeat but I do eat fattening savoury meals at times.
jecklandhyde · 10/07/2017 18:46
She just has such an aversion to ANY high calories savoury foods.
I don't think she enjoys them particularly so doesn't want her calories to come from them. But it's worrying that she will barely eat any slightly more fattening foods.
It's not junk food I want her to eat. Just things like oily fish, avocado etc. She wouldn't even eat them.
CurlyhairedAssassin · 10/07/2017 18:58
Sounds fine to me. A lot of people have too much saturated fat. Maybe, though, she needs to be taught about GOOD fats. Will she eat oily fish for example. Salmon. She could have that with noodles and an Asian style dressing with some broccoli etc. Her skin and her need that sort of fat to look good.
Choosing a baked potato over chips or mash is not a bad choice and something most of us could do with doing.
Soup and bread as a main meal isn't great though.
HeyRoly · 10/07/2017 19:04
I don't think you'll get a reasonable answer here OP where under eating and restricted diets are seen as totally fine.
I actually think you're right to be concerned that your DD might be on a path to restricted eating. It definitely sounds like she has a few hang ups around food.
CurlyhairedAssassin · 10/07/2017 19:06
No-one is saying that, Will! I'd rather my teenage daughter (or son for that matter) be conscious they are having fat of the right type - oily fish, avocado etc than be stuffing their face with a Big Mac and burger to get their daily fat needs. Bad habits are hard to break.
CurlyhairedAssassin · 10/07/2017 19:11
I think she sounds mis-informed about food rather than too restrictive. Only thinking about her fat intake for her main meals could mean that in her mind she's doing the "right thing". She's not REALLY avoiding fats obsessively if she's eating fatty snacks so I wouldn't be too worried if that were me.
I get the feeling she's trying to choose what she sees as the healthy option at main meals, "to be healthy", which probably then doesn't fill her up. Hence the need to snack on (nice) crap between meals.
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