Our son Kevin has come a long way in the last 16 months. He was just over 120 pounds as a tall 15 year old last summer, even though we cook and serve great meals almost every night. With all the talk in our house about obesity and diabetes (both run in Russ' family), he looked around, and restricted his calories as a result.
Fortunately this began to change as we worked with him to understand that food is fuel, and was completely resolved when he became an athlete as a rower for his High School's Crew Team. He both enjoys it and burns a huge amount of calories, which has dramatically increased his appetite. It is not unusual for him to walk in from crew and eat a small meal just before dinner, and then a full dinner. He eats a huge breakfast, and packs his lunchbox full of lunch and a pre-crew snack.
On top of this, he's eating a lot of healthy snacks at home (trail mix, nuts, fruit, and healthy home baked cookies). We rely on the Meal Planner to keep all this food on hand and ready. Having two teen age boys in the house means that we go through a lot of groceries, and planning in advance keeps us on budget and fully prepared.
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