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    Tammy Tucker

    Default Thank you/Reagrding weight for son

    Thank you everyone for you advise on helping son gain weight, yes it
    was a slight concern regrading weight as i had said on an earlier
    message saying that me and doctor had set up a goal of 5-8 lbs. and
    he has weekly weight checks! but thank you anyways!

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    Default Re: Thank you/Reagrding weight for son

    I can't tell if you are saying you don't need any more ideas, or just
    being thankful for the ones you've already gotten. So, just to be
    safe, I will put my two cents in. Avocados are very high in healthy
    fat- try them as gaucamole with potato/corn chips (you may actually
    want to look for fried as opposed to baked chips, but that is not the
    healthiest kind of fat). An easy 'recipe' for guacamole is to mash one
    avocado with salsa (I have a great homemade recipe for this if you
    want, or you can buy at the store). You can use mild salsa if he is
    not big on spice, and add salt, pepper and cumin if it needs more
    flavor. Some people like their guacamole creamier, and you can add
    sour cream for that. Try to make sure dairy products are all full fat.

    I have a young cousin who is a bit underweight, and the doctor told
    her grandmother that giving her half-and-half instead of milk to drink
    and on her cereal would be good. The girl loves it!

    I have a little trouble with my weight too, and I drink slimfast
    shakes! They have about 500 calories a peice. As a meal replacement,
    it is skimpy (hence diet drink), but I drink it between or with meals
    as an easy way to add calories. It has quite a few for a drink. I
    don't know if it has corn syrup though.

    Olives are another good source of fat, so if your son likes these, you
    might try to indulge him as often as possible. Black olives are good
    with almost anything mexican or italian, and chili too. Green olives
    are good with meat and cheese roll-ups, which is high calorie all
    around. This is a healthy fat- think olive oil!

    Protein bars are another option. You will have to check the
    ingredients to be sure they are not just candy bars, and you might
    have to expirament a little before you find some he really likes. Once
    you do, though, he might think it's like getting a candy bar and you
    won't have to worry about 'making' him eat them.

    Finally, I concur with the warning on soy. It has enough phytoestrogen
    to reduce and even eliminate menopausal symptoms in a woman who no
    longer produces as much of her own estrogen. Would you give your son
    estrogen supplements? There haven't been many studies in this area,
    but a lot of people are beginning to think males should not have much
    soy because of that, especially before puberty. I have heard that tofu
    and soymilk don't have enough phytoestrogens to worry about
    (Prevention Magazine), but I only heard it once, and I'm not sure what
    they based that statement on.

    Hope this helps! (and sorry so long)

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