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29 Jul 2005

child's diet
i have a healthy six-year-old daughter. whenever her father takes her to school, he first opens her lunch box and then criticises me about the contents of her lunch box.

i've read your excellent articles on meals for preschool kids but she is quite a fussy eater, so i'm battling to find something she'll eat.

This is her average diet:
breakfast: cocopops + milk (okay, i know i can do better with this one, but this is the only cereal she eats)

snack + lunch:
i usually pack the following:
a tub of low fat nutriday yoghurt
a fruit (usually naartjie/banana/pineapple)
a sandwich: either wholewheat bread with cheese or with peanut butter
jungle oats breakfast snack
if she's at school till three, i sometimes also include a chicken drumstick with cucumber/raw carrots
(she often doesn't eat at school, i've tried other options: peanuts, raisons, dried fruit, two-minute noodles, sausages, fish fingers, apples, vita snacks, cheese wedches etc but these always remain uneaten)

supper: usually grilled chicken, carrots, potato, cucumber, mushrooms or spaghetti bolognaise with mixed salad; yoghurt for desert. (i'm not a very good cook!)

she also takes a junglevites multivitamin + a fluoride tablet every day.

she has a lovely little body but i think she might be prone to becoming overweight one day. she doesn't eat much during the day (except during the holidays, when she is at home), but eats a huge amount at night. i assume that it is also related to feeling happier at home, which is not a dietary issue.
please let me know whether i'm being neglectful? i would really appreciate your advice and any suggestions.
thank you so much
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Sandy
I think you are a wonderful and caring mother and that the foods you prepare for your child are fine. If she is prone to overweight try reducing the portion sizes and encouraging her to be more active, as most experts agree that young children should rather increase their activity than go on a restrictive diet. Stick to the portion sizes suggested in the articles on pre-school kids.
Get Dad to play games with her and take her for walks to increase her energy expenditure instead of picking on you!
Best regards
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