Of course, many children may never have symptoms or experience problems with snacks or dairy, even if they’re eating them late at night. However, many kids that Dr. Wei treats have experienced problems that they and their families don’t recognize are tied to their diet and lifestyle. It’s not just what they’re eating—it’s when they’re eating it that creates the problem.
Try Dr. Julie Wei’s “The Kitchen is Closed” approach for one week and record the results. Use the tracking sheet on the following page to help you.
For one week:
- Have dinner together by 6:30pm as many nights as possible.
- If necessary, eat dessert or sweets immediately after dinner.
- Minimize dairy and sugar, especially at night.
- Drink more water throughout the day and at night.
- Discourage bedtime snacks and “close” the kitchen 90 minutes to 2 hours prior to bedtime.
Download and print the "Kitchen Is Closed" Tracking Log to help you track what and when your child eats throughout the week.
Dr. Wei believes that "closing" the kitchen at a certain hour can help improve the health of your child.