Genevieve Shaw Brown would wake up every morning at 5 a.m. to begin preparing meals for her 1-year-old son. There would be sweet potatoes in the oven, couscous on the stove, and Brown would begin dicing up tiny pieces of rotisserie chicken. Dinner was ready in the wee hours of the morning. Next, she’d whip up a breakfast of scrambled eggs, toast, and yogurt for the baby boy. None of the home-cooked meals would be eaten by the mother. That’s when she realized it Her son was eating more balanced meals than she was. There was only one question: Why?
That’s when Browngot the idea to eat the same meals as her son. Before she knew it, the weight began to melt off. She lost more than 2 lbs. in four days. She followed his exact eating habits, three meals and one snack, albeit with slightly larger portions. Brownwasn’t alone. Nutritionist Nicolette Pace calls it the “Baby Diet.”
“We need to look to our babies for the answers,” Nicolette toldABC. Babies and young children eat only when they’re actually hungry. They aren’t tempted by snacking because they simply aren’t old enough to feed themselves. Babies also don’t eat too quickly. They play with their food and slow down the process. Brown believes she learned a lot about her own health and eating habits from watching her son.
Carolyn was happy to give her 7-year-old daughter Jessica whatever she wanted to eat. She thought filling her daughter’s belly was her parental duty. However, things quickly got out of hand. Jessica began to eat every 20 minutes, and when she didn’t like a food, she would throw a tantrum. When the child reached 400 pounds, it became difficult to walk, so Jessica would roll around the floor.
Then the unthinkable happened: Jessica was rushed to the hospital after havingtrouble breathing. When she was in critical condition, doctors notified Child Protective Services. Jessica was transferred to a child obesity clinic, and it was the wake-up call Carolyn needed to make things right. It might be easy to point the finger at what this mother did wrong, but when Carolyn was given the opportunity and the information to make things right, she really made the most of it. Carolyn attended parenting classes, while Jessica was put on a strict regimen of a nutritional dietand exercise.
Jessica lost 320 pounds without surgery, all with the guidance of her mama. Carolyn monitors and regulates what Jessica eats starting at the grocery store and all the way to the dinner table. Jessica now understands that she has a food addiction, and the two continue to work together to make the right health choices. Carolyn admits she still feels guilty, but her efforts should be applauded for turning things around and prioritizing her daughter’s health and happiness.