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I think the largest challenge to "eat when you're hungry" is ensuring the overall quality of nutrition. With the three meals a day schedule, you can largely ensure that lunch and dinner are "protein/fat" meals, and breakfast and snacks are "energy/carb" meals, and make sure all of the right bits are in there across the day. In an 'eat when you want' ...
The main benefit is that in our society, people are expected to eat at mealtimes. Sometimes people who eat in class, or at their desk, or on public transit are perceived as being odd or rude for doing so. People who don't eat much when they're offered a meal are also sometimes seen as being odd or rude. Being able to be hungry for a bit, or scaling what you ...
There are lots and lots of reasons to restrict the processed sugar that kids consume, but behavior problems the next day isn't one of them! There was a comment that your wife is looking for something blame. Maybe she is looking for something that she can tell you to get you to stop giving him sugar. Perhaps you should stop giving him sugar.
Sugar in very large quantities gives me headaches and used to give me more headaches when I was younger. This was putting me in a bad mood until I figured out that it was due to the sugar. Maybe it could be the same thing with your son ?
The link between sugar and hyperactive behavior has been debunked.
Sugar does not cause hyperactivity. However, if a kid learns from his parents that he is expected to be hyper after eating sugar, well, you can guess what will happen when he gets sugar. Even with that trained response, I don't think there's any plausible reason that sugar would cause bad behavior the next day.
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