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 School Lunch - Keeping It Healthy

=> What can I do to make sure I don't ruin my diet at school. I don't always have time to pack a lunch , and my friends always have sweets. Help me please


Packing a school lunch is one of the best ways to help you reach your healthy eating goals. Your goal might be to choose something from each of these groups: proteins, grains, fruits and vegetables, and a high calcium food.

Shop with a parent or make a list ahead of time and pick creative choices from each of the above food groups to add interest to your lunch bag. Don't forget Fruit, a sweet alternative to high calorie desserts. Your friends will envy your creative choices like kiwi, Asian pears, or juicy fresh raspberries!

When there isn't time for packing a lunch, make wise choices at the school cafeteria and at the salad bar. Click on the "Food Bar" above to see how far Lucy would have to walk to work off her snack. (Drag the red arrow over a food.)

Armed with a little planning and knowing ahead of time what the better food choices are, you will be less tempted to pick high calorie foods. Remember, EATING HEALTHY CAN BE FUN!

Click on the pic at right for a video on other fun ideas on packing school lunches.

 Binge Eating and Alone - How to Stop Binging

=> I am an emotional eater. I am an only child and home schooled. I have no friends. I am a normal weight, but I have been gaining weight and I am on my way to being overweight. I am so sad and lonely, I binge when I am home alone. I want to fix my problem. How do I stop binge eating? Please help me I don't want to become fat.



A binge is when a person eats a lot of food at one time. When the person binges, she or he usually feels out of control. They feel better for a while after eating, and then typically feel bad about themselves. They turn to food to feel better again, and the cycle repeats. Click here for a video about a girl who did this. Most people with binge eating disorder feel out of control with their eating and food habits.

Often times binge eating, is triggered by some emotion or stressful event or even by seeing food commercials on television. It can be helpful to learn to recognize what your triggers might be. Once you recognize your triggers, you can develop a plan ahead of time for what you can do instead of binge. For example, plan to do a distracting activity or call a friend for support.

Binging is treatable, and there are many resources available. Many health care professionals are specially trained to help those with binging problems.

You can also find other kids who care in the chatroom and you can get good ideas from other kids on the pre-teen and teen bulletin boards. Don't forget that every Wednesday "Lucy" is in the chat room to answer questions!

Don't feel alone, others are here to help support you!

 Why am I fat and my sister isn't?

=> My sister is skinny, I'm fat. How do that work?

 We are what we eat! No two people (even if we are sisters) eat exactly the same thing in the same amount every day. We don't do the exact same activities each day either.
That's why some of us will gain weight and some of us won't.

When we eat more than our body needs for fuel (to nourish our bodies), we gain weight. Check out what the body does with extra fuel and what you can do to avoid this. You might be eating for other reasons than eating to nourish your body. Examples might be because you are stressed, bored or eating for comfort.

When we eat to soothe a feeling, we are TEMPORARILY comforting our self, not fueling our body because it needs it. You might try practicing "mindful eating." Being mindful means thinking about the emotions you are feeling as you eat. Are you eating because you are hungry or because you are trying to feel better about something? Find out if you are eating because your are hungry or full.

Take a look at the action plan to help you to stop eating even when you are full. You can make the change to mindful eating too!

 Too Much Of Any Food Can Contribute To Weight Gain

=> hi lucy, does eating too much fruits and vegetable make you fat? tnx

 Simply put, if we eat more food (no matter what it is) than our body can use for energy, our body will gain weight. Food is Fuel, and if you take in more food than your body burns up, then the extra fuel is turned into fat and your body stores it as fat. Then, you gain weight.

It is recommended that we eat a combination of 9 to 13 servings of Fruits and Vegetables a day. However, keep in mind what a serving size is! Too large of portion sizes can contribute to weight gain.

Remember, fruits and vegetables are important to eat because they are filled with lots of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and other nutrients that keep us healthy. And, they are low in calories. Because they are filled with fiber and lots of water too, they can help us feel full.


=> how can i keep myself determined into losing weight?

 fun exerciseMOTIVATION is what keeps us going when we want to give up. Finding motivation to lose weight can be tough work, but you can do it! You may have many reasons why you want to lose weight, (feel healthy, look and feel better about myself, wear clothes that fit, and so forth). Having motivation can help you keep your spirits high and encourage you along the way.

Many kids find that keeping a "Motivation Notebook" helps. Here are some insider (notebook) tips:

- Write down in a notebook why you want to lose weight. Write down what motivates you to want to do so. The reasons can be big or small, silly or serious.

- Next, write down all the reasons why losing weight is hard. For example: "It's too hard to give up some of my favorite foods," "It's hard to stop watching TV," "I don't like to exercise because I am so heavy." Write down as many reasons as you can.

- Write down everything you eat every day on one page. Then, write down all the exercise you do in one day on another page.

- Pick one food goal and one exercise goal each week. For example, "I will stop eating pizza." "I will walk for 30 minutes 3 times this week." Keep track in your notebook how you are doing. Sometimes writing your goals down and checking your progress at the end of every day helps you stay on track and stay motivated.

- Write down the things that you have accomplished, or new motivations along the way. Writing these down such as “I lost one pound this week”, or “my clothes feel looser than before” are great MOTIVATORS to keep you going!

- Reward yourself each week or month after you have been working hard on your goals. CAUTION: Do NOT reward yourself with food. Reward yourself with things like new exercise clothes or a DVD, go to a movie, or get a new hair style.

- Now, start on your next goal. The key is to do it step by step. When you feel like you are losing your motivation you can take a look in your notebook and read about why you want to lose weight or find a motivation mate to help you. This will give you more motivation. You can do it! Good luck!

 Stretchmarks and losing weight

=> if i lose the weight,will the strechmarks go away

 Stretch marks sometimes develop when the body expands faster than the skin can grow. This often occurs during rapid weight gain most commonly on the belly, under arms, sides of the body, thighs, buttocks and hips. A stretch mark is skin damage that may result in some scarring, but the marks usually fade over time.

Keeping your skin well hydrated by drinking plenty of water can help accomplish two things:
1) maintain skin elasticity and prevent or reduce further damage
2) help reduce your calorie intake because you feel full more often

It takes quite an excessive amount of calories to gain weight so rapidly that stretch marks appear. This may be a sign of emotional eating or a food addiction. Check tips on how to avoid problem foods to help with excessive eating.

 How Lucy Lost Weight

=> how did u loss tht weight?

=> are you overweight anymore

 Thanks for asking how I lost weight. If you remember in Lucy and the Pit," I had an eating problem. I just loved to eat, especially sweet stuff like ice cream and cake. My friends showed me that if I ate less of what I usually ate, I could lose weight. They also showed me what foods are good for me, like fruits and vegetables and how to cook healthy fish and chicken, that wouldn't make me gain the weight back. They also told me to STOP DRINKING SODAS and try flavored water and low fat milk instead.

My friends showed me that activities like walking, swimming and skating are fun. I found that when I did active fun stuff with my friends, I didn't even think about food! It worked!

I realized that I craved certain foods so I learned to AVOID THEM and substitute fun activities instead. I learned how to get in touch with my feelings and emotions and got support from trusted friends. That really helped!

Now I am still overweight, but not as much. I have ups and downs but my friends encourage me and I have friends on the chatroom here. I also get good ideas from the tips area and read stuff from other overweight kids on the pre-teen and teen bulletin boards. So, I don't feel alone.

It's a journey to lose weight, but I don't feel so alone anymore and I'm not afraid to ask for help. Keep positive, you can lose weight too!

 Dealing with teasing.

=> im an 11 year old girl and i way 130 pounds. is the unhealthy everybody calls me fat and i feel like crying really hope you can respond.

Teasing hurts and can make us feel sad. Here are some things that can help:

First, check the weight calculator on this site to determine if you are overweight. You will need to enter your height, weight and birth date to determine your BMI. Your BMI can help determine if you are in a healthy weight range or if you are at risk for being overweight.

If you find that your BMI puts you in the "at risk" or "overweight category," you can talk to a parent, trusted teacher, or school nurse. Let them know that others tease you about your weight and how it makes you feel. They can help with ideas. They might also suggest that you see your doctor for weight advice.

You will also find helpful ideas about teasing and how to build up your confidence in the tips area of this site. Here are more ideas about thinking positive.

You can also find other kids to talk to that care in the chatroom and get good ideas from others on the pre-teen and teen bulletin boards. Don't forget that every Wednesday "Lucy" is in the chat room to answer questions!

Don't feel alone, others are here to help support you!

 Talking to Parents About Your Weight Problem

=> how do i tell my mum i am 15 st 3 i am only 11

 Many kids say it is easier to lose weight when they have the support and encouragement of their parents. Parents often recognize that childhood obesity is a national problem, but they might not see or want to acknowledge that this is a concern with their own kids.

You should be very proud of yourself that you want to discuss your weight problem with your parent even though you might be afraid to do so. It might be that your parent wants to discuss this topic with you as well but doesn't know how to approach the subject with you either!

Here are several things you can do to help talk to your parent about your weight:

First, calculate your Body Mass Index (BMI) to see how much you are overweight. Then show your BMI results to your parent. You could also ask your school nurse or doctor to discuss your BMI with you and your parent(s) and discuss the best weight loss strategy. Sometimes your parents just need an adult in the medical profession to talk to them about your health situation before they become convinced that they should support your desire to attain a healthy weight level.

Here is another great tip to help you talk to your parents about weight loss. There is also a Parent's Area dedicated solely to parents to discuss weight issues. You can show this area to your parent after your talk.
Good luck!

 Talking to your friends about your weight problem.

=> how to tell a friend you r obese

 Our friends can be a big help when we want to lose weight. Remember that our friends like us for who we are, not for what we look like!

It can be tough to start the conversation about your weight with a friend. Lucy has some great tips for talking to your friends to help get you started!

It can be great to have the support of good friends when you are trying to lose weight. Your friends can help you by being your weight loss buddy. For example, they can do physical activities with you and help you to avoid certain addicting foods.

Try some of Lucy's tips when talking to a trusted friend and see how supportive and encouraging they can be! Come back to the message boards and let us know how you are doing!

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