Hopefully a pediatrician can help address any self-esteem issues involved as well. I remember being 11 or 12 and gaining weight, even though I was a year-round athlete...it comes with the territory for a girl of that age, if you know what I mean. If my dad had stepped in and pressured me to lose weight I would have been devastated.
From the numbers you post, she does need to lose weight and get healthier, I agree...while I commend your efforts to help your child get healthier, please keep her self-esteem and mental well-being in mind. Girls really are so fragile at that age. And dad's opinion means the world to a young girl.
My DD is severely allergic to milk so on top of the GF diet we are managing that as well. There are many people on the board who are living with milk and wheat (so practically GF anyway) allergies, I bet we could offer some good advice.
Does your doctor have any advice about weight loss? Have you considered/ seen a Registered Dietician? I meet with one about once a year and always come away with good advice and resources for managing the various diets. I have to private pay but personally I think it is well worth the cost.
The expert is around the boards but does not reply to every post - stick around and she may find you, otherwise you can always try again with some CAPS to get her attention lol!
I have to say, we eat a ton of produce in my household. It agrees with every diet, is mostly cheap depending on season, and you don't always have to cook it. Hummus and coconut yogurt (So Delicious by Turtle Mountain - yummy) make great dips and don't take any prep. So it sounds to me like you are well on track with salad and fixings. JMO.
My DH is GF and we do a few things every few days to make his whole "eating" life easier - because you are right, that store-bought GF stuff is really starchy and yucky. It will make you feel like crap if you eat enough of it too but the convenience is hard to beat and you do get to eat "normal" stuff with some of it - like pizza, etc....so we feel your pain. You really have to think ahead with that kind of diet, which is not always easy.
So what we do to help a little is pre-make what we can and shove it in the fridge. I own a $20 rice cooker that can cook oatmeal as well as rice so we make big batches of both and stick them in the fridge. I know there is some controversy about whether oatmeal is really GF but my DH can tolerate it - if you can too, I highly recommend this route. You can mix oatmeal with spices, applesauce, yogurt...all sorts of stuff to make it taste good and different. It has lots of filling fiber and is cheap. It re-heats in seconds in the microwave. I find myself eating a small bowl of oatmeal instead of ice cream at night before bed and it keeps me nice and satisfied for fewer calories and fats. Experiment with other grains too, the rice cooker is pretty easy- throw in the grain, add water, push the button - you're done. Quinoa is also gluten-free, isn't it?
The breadmaker and crockpot are two other lifesaving inventions lol! A pre-made GF bread mix can be dumped into the breadmaker with a few liquids and then you are good to go.
There is a celiac board on Webmd too, they might have some good ideas and nice support for you. And my "Food allergy families" exchange has some great recipes and cooking tips as well. GL and hang in there.
My BIL is having health problems and is losing a lot of weight. My sis, who is an RD, is encouraging him to drink Ensure - good calories and supplemented nutritionally. That may be a way to go. I would still discuss with the OB though - Im certainly not qualified in anything important.
Miscarriage is devastating, and part of that is the blame women can get for it's occurrence. The other part is that most of the time (unless we've had a few) we just don't know why it happened. For your own mental health, I would tell anyone who tries to make it your fault to go take a flying leap. It makes me mad just reading that people are saying that to you. JMO.
Is your BIL a doctor? 108 does not sound outrageous to me for a woman who is 5'4" , but I could be wrong. I just hate hearing someone blaming you for a miscarriage, I guess - you do know that your weight probably had nothing to do with it, right?
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