Anyone who's worked with me knows I'm not a big fan of Option B :) If dinner is not the main event and supper is more appealing then it's a no-brainer which our children will prefer.
However, there are exceptions to prove any rule! My eldest is going through the teen hungries. He is sometimes really wanting food later in the evening even though he's had a huge, balanced meal at 5.45
I know that he is genuinely hungry because:
- He eats very intuitively. His volume is determined by genuine hunger and what his energy needs are that day. It means that he will only serve himself small amounts some days and other days will have 3 helpings.
- He knows that supper is not going to be "treaty" foods but whatever I have in the fridge that was not served at dinner, as in the photo below. Sometimes it's been just a big bowl of soup or lentils as that is what I have.
Eating intuitively is such a gift for our children. They learn to eat because they are hungry and stop when they are full. Over time they also learn to balance the foods they eat so they are choosing primarily nutritious options.
Think of how we, as adults often eat. We have the same portions of certain meals despite how hungry we are.
Teaching our children to read internal cues is really useful, especially when we have a child who struggles to eat.
This is part of what we work on in our programs and I know it works well as I see it in action daily. Now if I could only get myself on the same program ..
Judith is passionate about good food and is even more passionate about enabling other people to enjoy the wide variety of fresh food available today.