For Alex, a young lady with down syndrome, the freshman 20...or 25 has been around since puberty. There are a number or reasons for this, my least favorite was the reward system used at school. In every IEP meeting since 7th grade I insisted candy and junk food be removed as a "prize" for Alex. I also know that in her middle school years this was not the case. In the first few years after we relocated to Colorado Alex's weight gain increased to the freshman 30 and food become a daily battle with us.
I have written many a post on weight. Try here, here and here for a few of my choice frustrations.
Over the years we have stopped buying soda and as much junk food as we can. We initiated a chart system so Alex can have a visual reminder of all the food she consumes. Alex writes down everything she eats and the associated calorie count on a meal to meal basis.
We added a few tricks, such as lean cuisine and other food items with an easily identified calorie count. Foods and vegetables were zero calories and she was allowed to eat as much as she wanted. Alex also upped her exercise level and being selected to represent the USA in the World Winter Special Olympic Games was a big motivator. In nine months she lost over 20 pounds.
|Alex and her cousin Kelsey in South Korea|
"Mom, when you come visit, you will need to take some of my clothes home, they are too big".
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Thanks for bringing this up. My girls are 6, 5, and 3 and already I worry about the "school lunchroom 20 or more likely 2". It is hard to teach any kid about making good eating choices but my youngest is the worst. Her nickname is Hoover. We have the nutrition and Ds book, but getting from theory to practice is always hard for me. Maybe I can start now with the things you did about letting them choose from a set of foods and keeping track. I am going to do it for all my kids, my boys too!ReplyDelete
You have done such a fantastic job with Alex. It doesn't surprise me at all that she's actually losing weight!ReplyDelete