Can't get my daughter into eating healthy and reduce junk food

Sandra - posted on 03/10/2015 ( 10 moms have responded )

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Hi, I've been preparing healthy food for both of us since she was a toddler, and she used to enjoy everything from soups to fruit and white meat. I also used to take her to sports but I have to admit she was never super happy with that. Now that she's thirteen yrs old with the typical new ideas, she decided to quit on vegs and white meat and replacing with red meat and all the good food including junk and all that which is very high in calories. She increased her fat intake by far and she is not ready to give up on the good food to take care of her body. Her weight is going up drastically and she hates it when I talk her into it!!! She cooks something else when I prepare healthy food and this is all getting out of hand!!! I'm worried to see my daughter putting on excessive weight and I'm afraid it's going to be too late when she grows older. Please help me!

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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 03/10/2015

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Then she can go hungry, or eat what you've fixed.

It's not that hard. I've raised my kids. They either ate what we put in front of them, or they went hungry. It only took a time or two until they realized I wasn't giving in. Now that they're grown (well one is, the other will be out next year), we have one night a week that is 'fend for yourself' which allows each to eat whatever.

Quit purchasing foods you don't want her to eat. If you think you're going to need a quick meal, may I suggest a sandwich? Thats quick & easy to fix, doesn't keep the junk you don't want your 13 YO to eat available to her, and solves your 'quick fix' meal problem.

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Sandra - posted on 03/10/2015

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Yesss.... I spoke to my family and they agreed to help me in this, junk food is out!! No more processed food goes in our house... I'm setting rules to be followed;)

Jodi - posted on 03/10/2015

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LOL, and more defiant. If you can't tell her no now, it won't get easier, I assure you.

I agree with Shawnn. Quit buying the "junk". Let her go hungry. Tell her you are not a short order cook and she either eats what you cook for the family or goes hungry. Maybe allocate one night a week where she can fix her own meal of whatever she chooses IF she eats properly the other 6 nights?

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 03/10/2015

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good luck! The good thing is that 13 only lasts for 365 days...then they're on to 14

Sandra - posted on 03/10/2015

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I'll try to be less too soft and let her go to bed hungry! Our occasionally fast food has to be kept out from my shopping list since it's too convenient and switch to wraps and toasted sandwiches. I'll try this way and see how it goes! :) Thank you loads :)))

Sandra - posted on 03/10/2015

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She's 13 yrs old and when I implied the rule she ate nothing and went to bed hungry. It firebacks because she feels I'm not bothered to cook for her likings! She says it's not her fault that she doesn't like healthy food anymore 😳 I'm telling you,it's not easy at all!

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 03/10/2015

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Solution: Stop buying those nasty frozen meals.

You didn't say how old the child is, but if you have a rule of 'you eat what I fix', this doesn't present much of a problem.

Sandra - posted on 03/10/2015

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I do the shopping for the entire family...We are a family of four and I do buy bread and frozen packed food to take very occasionally. When I haven't got enough time to cook, we grab something from the freezer and put it in the oven ( we call it for emergencies) So it's there, and she's taking that kind of food all the time instead of eating healthy :(

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 03/10/2015

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How is she getting foods that you don't approve of, into the house to prepare?

Is she purchasing her own? If that's the case, then you've done your talking. If your child is purchasing and preparing their own foods, there's not much you can say.

Apart from red meat (which is not a death sentence, plenty of people have a red meat diet), which I'm gathering you simply do not wish to include in your diet, what is she eating?

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