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Need Help Changing My Daughter's Diet

My daughter (15) has been diagnosed with high cholesterol and being extremely overweight. The doctor we saw yesterday said that she has to totally cut back on all starches and I understand this. He says she has to increase her intake of fruits and veggies considerably (he basically said that is all she will be eating).

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My question to all of you is how in heck do I get her to reduce her food intake as well as change her whole diet without her going hungry? Another question I have is where could I find lots of recipes for lowering cholesterol (and sugar) incorporating all this fruit?

And lastly, where can I get fruits and veggies cheap? I am on a fixed income and they are not cheap.

Any and all suggestions will be appreciated greatly. TIA

Darlene in Mississauga

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By guest (Guest Post)
April 23, 20050 found this helpful

First of all, maybe you and your daughter can sit down together and look at recipes. What type of ethnic foods does she like? Plan your meals around the cheaper veggies like cabbage, carrots, onions, leafy greens.. Also, check out frozen produce. There are lots of good deals in many stores. I feel for you, because it's very hard to change eating habits.

Here's a great smoothie recipe:

1 frozen banana

1 cup frozen strawberries

1/2 cup crushed pineapple

1/2 cup silken tofu

1 cup milk nonfat or low fat

splenda or other artificial sweetner as needed

1 tsp vanilla extract

-blend. You can always use nonfat dried milk in this recipe. Dont' tell her there's tofu in it.. she'll never know!

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By guest (Guest Post)
April 23, 20050 found this helpful

I'm sure with a fixed income that it's not easy to supply her current diet. Fruit is a + to anyones's diet and is useful when urges to snack are replace with Fruit. I don't think it's a good Idea to replace her diet with totaly vegetables. That diet needs to be incorporated Slowly. You will find that eventually transferring to a veg. diet will be less costly --and healthy. As far as sugar contents--go to Diabetes on the Web. and find out what they recommend for sugar and starch replacements. I know she isn't Diabetic but it is a good reference.

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By guest (Guest Post)
April 24, 20050 found this helpful

Along with a well balanced diet, exercise is very important. Taking a walk with your daughter will more than likely change her body in such a positive way, that she herself will make the decision to change her eating habits, then she will tell you what she wants to eat & you won't waste money buying things she doesn't like.

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By guest (Guest Post)
April 24, 20050 found this helpful

You need to add more alkaline!! GREEN Veggies are what is really needed. Wheat grass, "Green drink" green tea(?). Listen to Tony Robbins "get the edge" disk 4. It explains everything.

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April 24, 20050 found this helpful

Hunger is a state of mind unless a person is not eating anything at all. If we feed our bodies small amounts on a regular basis (3 small meals a day with 2 small snacks), our hunger is satisfied on a regular basis. Exercise is an important aspect of controlling hunger, cholesterol and sugars. Taking a walk (exercise) actually helps curb an appetite. I was an overweight teen so I can understand how your daughter feels. Please help her to loose the weight and learn how to eat healthy foods now while she is young and can reverse any health problems. It is much easier to loose the weight at the age of 15. In the long run it is cheaper to eat fruits and vegetables. Forget about eating fast food (french fries and hamburgers). Use that money to buy healthy fruits and vegetables, whole wheat breads and lean lunch meats. Good luck and let us know how her progress goes!

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By guest (Guest Post)
April 25, 20050 found this helpful

fruits and veggies are much cheaper than fast food, snack food is $$ and unfilling, and usually empty calories, buy inseason items, go to a farmers mart, flea market, they usually have produce

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