Maybe just try making healthier cookies. Put a lot of fruit and nuts in it, maybe oatmeal or something, or try soy products or something? I'm not saying let him still eat all the cookies he wants, but at least when he eats them, they'll be a little better for him than just super chocolate chip cookies or something like that. Good luck!
*nod* Definitely a shift I have to make.
Ok, there are TWO good fixes to this problem that MY mother used on ME and my brother when we were kids.
there is liquid called no-bite, and another one made from apple-bitters. Both are meant to be put on the fingers of small children or teens/adults to control aggressive nail-biting.
Simply place a small amount of one of those into a cookie, the taste is HORRID, and makes myself want to vomit immediately and will make the cookies undesirable.
My other suggestion is Laxatives.
a few laxitive cookies, that painful growl in your stomach, and then the forceful exit of said cookie will quickly deter him from cookies in the future.
it might take a few goes, and I suggest only applying laxatives to a few of them, as suggested before.
oh, even a medley of 'gross' cookies laxative cookies, and normal ones?
what a kick in the pants that will be ;)
I don't expect I'd be too eager to eat cookies like that :P
2007-04-03 10:41 pm (UTC)
well, why dont you just stuff his face until he so sick from eat so much?
I don't really want him to get sick. And he probably wouldn't. I firmly believe he could eat 54 cookies in one sitting if I allowed him too, and be the happiest camper on the face of the planet.
I will not be testing this theory. lol
First, my disclaimer: I don't know the whole situation, but I figured I'd just throw this out there in case any of it is applicable.
My mom works with kids who don't grow very well because they have eating problems. A lot of times it has very little to do with their ability to eat, and very much to do with control issues with their parents. One of the first things a kid has the ability to control in their life (since parents really make the ultimate decisions about nearly everything else they do) is whether or not they will eat. So a lot of times refusing to eat has nothing to do with food, and a lot to do with power struggles between parent and child.
Now, it doesn't sound like this is directly
applicable in your case, since it's really more about your kid wanting to eat junk food all the time, and not simply refusing to eat at all, but you can apply the same principles towards getting them to eat what you want them to: Basically, you let them have control over certain aspects of eating, but not complete control.
In your situation, you might let him make the decision about whether or not to eat cookies (within reason...obviously he can't eat ONLY cookies), but you decide what KIND of cookies he eats. I found a cookie recipe that is low in fat and has lots of fruit in it, so if he decides he wants to eat cookies all the time, he's also eating oatmeal, yogurt, and a good amount of fruit, so he's getting in at least 3 healthy parts of the food pyramid when he eats them: whole grains, dairy, and fruit. http://www.allhomemadecookies.com/recipes/healthy/lowfatfruitoatmealbars.htm
Best of luck!
Thanks babe! That's a really good point! I give him lots of choices for food, and what not in regular meals, but he's currently in the "NO!" stage, and it's definitely a control thing. He's fiercely independent, so I am doing my best to accomadate and nurture positive independence, vs. just letting him get away with some sort of contrary power play. I loooove the idea of having all of those in a cookie together and I'm gonna try and make this tomorrow if I can get all the ingredients.
Make a carob cookie. With celery. And some curry.
I am not that daring. I think that would prove very, very messy. lol
Carob's big in the vegan cookies, right?
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As one who has a cookie addiction herself, may I suggest the cookies you'd find at those specialty stores? They make REALLY healthy ones that taste reeeaaally good. ^_^ Places that sell food specially for people with allergies and such.
*nod* I'm gonna do some looking. :) I like the idea of making my own healthy ones though so I know what's in them, you know?
I think that would definitely work for a teenager, but there'snoway once that cookie's chewed that my toddler's gonna spit it out. LOL. He'd sooner give up a scooby doo toy, andthat's just notgonna happen. haha!
And I really don't want to make him sick, you know? I'd feel terrible, vs. if it just tastes gross...
when he gets hungry enough, he'll eat.
that or maybe give him one cookie a day? or yeah, gross cookies would work.
*nod* He did eat today in fact. Like crazy ammounts of veggies, and tofu and rice, and soup.. so maybe we're out of the dark time. lol
A cigarette cookie. Then you'll kill two birds w/ith one stone.
...I think I'm kidding. I think.
How would one make oneof those?
Would that keep me from having to go outside during my cigarette breaks at work if I ate one of those?