Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Doctor's Orders: More Nutella
We pretty much have four weeks to jam as much Nutella as possible into this kid, or we're going to have to dial back the Adderall. As it is, any day she doesn't have school, we won't be giving her the meds. And we are now planning a "medication vacation" for the summer.
Seriously, this is not going to be pretty. The Pork Lo Maniac's behavior without the ADHD medication is, um, unhelpful.
When I realized what the PLM's body mass index was, I was like, "uh... then what about Cookie?" Cookie has always been pretty much a stick figure. Turns out Cookie, who is not on ADHD meds and seems to eat anything that isn't nailed down, has the exact same BMI as her twin sister. (Go figure.)
So both girls are now eating Nutella on doctor's orders. Given that I've spent the last twenty-odd years trying to get my own BMI lower, it's a little hard to wrap my brain around this. All four of our kids eat a healthy, balanced diet, with a fair share of Doritos thrown in for good measure. I used to think about sneaky ways to jam more fiber and veggies into their diet. Now I'm wondering what's the highest-calorie breakfast I can convince them to eat.
I know that being too skinny sounds a lot better than too heavy, and socially, I'm sure it is. But health-wise, it is a real problem -- and not just because I'm facing the possibility of reducing, eliminating, or changing the ADHD medication that helps the Pork Lo Maniac so much. Kids who are underweight can have lower brain function, perform more poorly on tests, have lower immune systems, and become tired more easily. Children who are underweight also tend to have difficulty concentrating, so clearly, that's not going to help anything here.