Friday, August 26, 2016
The Nutritionist (aka: How a Pre-Teen Can Suck the Life Out of You)
I visited the nutritionist with my pre-teen today.
Lord have mercy, help me Jeebus.
I honestly thought that was just a thing that new-agey, hippy-type people did. You know, the same people that swear by essential oils, chi, feng shui, and vegan diets... not hating if you do any of those things, they've just never interested me.
Now, I have a vegetarian daughter, and another daughter seeing a nutritionist. I hereby eat my words/thoughts, in a big way. I am far more progressive than I ever thought I'd be. (Maybe it's Austin? It IS the liberal hotbed of TX... but I digress.)
BUT... my daughter did not WANT to see the nutritionist, as was evidenced by her behavior during our appointment.
Think of every sarcastic phrase, every indifferent teen stereotype, and every disinterested pose you have ever seen/heard... then imagine a very tall, very thin pre-teen employing them in a very haughty nature toward a well-meaning, young, enthusiastic nutritionist.
Yeah. That. It was FUN. /Sarcasm
(I have no idea where she gets it from)
Anyway, yeah... kiddo is 74 lbs, and over 5 feet tall. Deja vu. I weighed 66 lbs in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade. My doctor told my mom "Quit worrying. She'll eat when she's hungry, and her body will catch up." I didn't break 100 lbs until my senior year of High School. I was a size 2 until I was 20....
But, at any rate, I think my body has finally caught up and then some... but that's a topic for another day.
Methinks it might be genetic.
The doctors are worried, and we have the money, so sure... nutritionist.
I'm pretty sure my kid scarred her a little.
She seemed so enthusiastic, and so earnest... but my ASD kid who doesn't make eye contact, but is heavy on the sardonic comments and defiant questioning seemed to throw her. *sigh* Lets just say it was a LONG meeting.
I felt so badly about it that I ended up going to the first available food shop and buying things she recommended, to get this show on the road.
The only problem?
It was Whole Foods. You see, I felt really bad.
Now I'm broke and will be subsisting on ice cubes and white bread.
But hey - double win. The kid gets all the things she needs to GAIN weight, and I LOSE weight. Ice cubes will do that to a person. They don't call it "Whole Paycheck" for nothing!
I'm not sure that Greek yogurt and olive oil can effectively combat genetics. We'll see....