O is starting to worry me.
I bought a box of stuff that flavours tap water. I'm always trying to get O to drink more water, especially during school and I thought this might help. You add a packet to 22 ounces of water. It only has 15 g of carbs in it, so I didn't think it would mess with her blood sugar that much, if she just sipped on the water all day.
I bought these on Sunday evening. I noticed this morning that they're all gone. It's only Tuesday. This isn't the first time I've noticed this kind of behaviour. If I buy a cereal she likes - and I'm talking Grape Nuts or Life, not Captain Crunch - she'll eat it up in a day or two. Rather than have a sandwich for lunch or get a piece of fruit for a snack, she'll have cereal. It's like she has to consume whatever it is because it might not be there tomorrow and she might never get it again.
I have st0pped buying most snack foods because she inhales them. I do buy Goldfish for the little girls, but I have to hide them. If I buy Kix for them to snack on, O eats them.
I don't get it. I buy fruit. I buy the fruit she asks for - apples and grapes, mostly - I buy other healthy snacks - I cut up peppers and cucumbers, I buy yoghurt, and she will eat them, but if there's anything else in the house, she wolfs that down, too. Even when I ask her not to eat something, she does anyway. I bought myself a pack of gum a few weeks back. I had one piece and she took the rest.
She's almost 13, so she tends to get her own snacks. Short of putting locks on the cupboards and starting a huge power struggle over food, I don't know what to do. She's putting on weight, which embarrasses her, but when I talk to her about it, she gets mad. She's sneaking the food and she almost always gets caught, but she continues to do it. Even when I say "Look, I don't care if you have X food, just TELL me about it." If she does ask, and I know she's already had a not-so-healthy snack, I tell her to get fruit. She never does - she'd rather go pout in her room.
Does anyone have any suggestions? I don't really know how to deal with this. It almost seems like obsessive behaviour, like she has to eat it now because there may not be any food available later.