By Lauren Denos: 4/11/2015 (Ask Lauren)

Dear Lauren,

I need to be losing weight, and my son needs to be gaining weight. How can I cook in a way that works for both of us?

Thank you,


Dear Debbie,

The best thing you can do is cook basics and then add to them. For example, if you are needing lean food, you can make lean chicken and vegetables. Then you can add to that for your son. You could add a little extra olive oil to the meal, as well as a baked potato or brown rice with some added oil or butter. Take the idea of sandwiches. You could make the same insides such as meat and veggies or some chicken salad and put yours into a bell pepper cup, while you put his in heavier bread with cheese.

Of course these are just ideas. Your meals do not need to be just plain chicken and vegetables, but you get the gist. Make a base meal for both of you, and then add to it for your son.

You would also want to keep your portions smaller and make his larger. For instance, you may only want 4 or 5 oz. of chicken, where he might want 8 oz. Or, you may want one sandwich, where he may need 2 or 3 oz.

Get creative and find meals that you can add to. This will make your life a whole lot easier, while also making it possible to give you both what you need.




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