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Jocelyn Campbell
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Well...I wrote about how much my 14-year-old son ate tonight (see below) and another permie with a 2 year old little boy thanked me for the heads up. I think he's now upped all of his food production plans

"My son just ate a lot of tortilla chips and salsa, 1/2 a bag of potato chips, a carrot, dried apples, a pb&j sandwich and then capped all that off with six hot dogs. Yes, SIX! At least the hot dogs were nitrate-free and organic..."
 
                          
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Thanks

But I just put on 3Lbs reading this, better go turn the compost to work it off
 
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good golly! how do those boys do that! I remember my older brother as a teenager was like that. he became the family joke after stating he could eat so much because  he "had two hollow legs, two hollow arms..........and a hollow head." 
 
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When I was in high school, wolfing down 5 McDonalds hamburgers, plus fries and a shake, on the way home barely appeased my appetite.  I was skinny as a rail. 
 
                              
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We have three boys at home right now, I watched one son eat a 3 lb. bag of Doritos (which I did not buy) while my Wife was fixing dinner.  I told him that he should stop eating the Doritos because we would be eating soon, he told me he would be hungry and just kept eating. 

Every day meals consist of 5 lbs plus of some form of meat protein along with potatoes mostly sweet and fresh or canned vegetables and a salad.  If they can get it they will normally have a two plates of food at the meal.  I have even had parent call and thank me because our kids eat so well when visiting another home, they stated that their kids are picky eaters and it was so nice to see a child that eats well.  LOL!
 
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Leah, I love the "hollow head" reference! Kinda goes with being a hormonal teenager, doesn't it? 

vkircher, yes, it is nice to have kids who eat, and eat well! (Not that chips and hot dogs are eating well, I know.) 5 pounds of meat for a meal is a lot--though with three boys, I can imagine you need it! And you're right, as a parent, it would be unnerving to have picky eaters, or worse yet, non-eaters. I'll take the hearty eaters any time!

In our house, we've been using a lot of eggs, which is a big, big help on the affordable protein front. I love making sure my son has protein in the morning before school.
 
                              
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Yes eggs are areal help with the protein for breakfast and sometimes evening meals.  Quiche can be made up the night before and is reheated easily in the morning in the microwave.  They burn so many calories with their daily activities, the two youngest sons are black belts in Karate.  They teach the younger belts and also take classes themselves, along with weight lifting to keep their manly physiques.  I do not remember eating like that, but I am sure I went through that phase also.
 
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