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Going from three to two meals a day, is it possible with little kids?

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Created May 07, 2013 at 8:57 PM

I've got 4 children from 6 years old and down. I also have a farm with lots of animals to care for, cows to milk, and a sewing business. I, of course, also cook everything from scratch, which takes time. Three meals a day is so hard to find time to do, of course, this time of year I'd rather be outside, which makes it even harder. Plus cleanup SUCKS!!! I don't have a dishwasher and my kids eat like pigs, or at least it seems that way... Is feeding them two big meals instead of three a day feasible? Healthy? Are they going to spend the entire day whining about how hungry they are? Probably for the first few days... They are all skinny, super active kids, so I don't want to starve them. Any ideas?

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btw, hang in there! it gets a lot easier as your oldest one gets older. :)

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32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

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on May 07, 2013
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Actually, I think this is very feasible. My family eats pretty much like this. (My 4 are ages 13, 7, 5, 4). (also, we homeschool). Most days:

Everyone is up between 7-8. They are free to eat fruit (I keep apples, bananas, oranges, and usually something else seasonal like grapes or pineapple washed and prepped; they also love frozen blueberries with coconut milk on top). Sometimes they might drink a glass of almond milk, or my littlest guy occasionally eats a bowl of oatmeal (microwaved) if he's having a growth spurt. I DON'T HELP with this meal. They are on their own and help each other. This is my time to pay bills, do chores, or go to crossfit.

We do chores and exercise until about 11:00.

10:30/11 - I make a large brunch that's usually sausage, eggs, and/or bacon with some veggies. I'll fry up leftover potatoes like hashbrowns if someone is really hungry and didn't eat fruit early in the morning.

2-3 - We have a light lunch/snack that is either deli meat or leftovers, raw veggies, fruit, cheese, or sometimes a sweet treat like paleo muffins or ice cream (usually ONE of these things, not all of them! salami & cheese, or carrots & almond dip, etc). Not everyone eats this meal. Mainly my 13 yr old daughter (puberty), me, and my littlest one. My middle two are usually out playing hard and don't have time for snacking. We eat this meal on PAPER TOWELS (haha, one less round of dishes!)

Dinner is at 7/7:30, second large meal of the day. Meat, veggies, and some kind of starch (potatoes, rice, occasionally polenta). No eating after this! If someone is really hungry before bed they can have a banana. :)

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on May 07, 2013
at 09:34 PM

You're supposed to eat when you're hungry, I think that's most important as a young child. As a small farm owner I'm sure you use very nourishing food, if you can't find time to make three meals, why not can or preserve or make sure there are ample left overs, so you can feed your kids when they are hungry. I mean I don't know your kids, or pass judgement, but I don't think over stuffing them at strategic times to save time is the best way to solve the problem.

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on May 07, 2013
at 09:59 PM

You should eat a big meal 2 hours before bedtime. Check out the Warrior diet. Undereating during the day and feasting at night like grok would have. It's so primal.

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