5 products that you won't find in my child's diet
A roof over your head, a full belly and happy parents are probably all that a child needs to be happy. However, it is worth paying attention to what gets into the bellies of the people we love the most in the world. Nutrition and eating habits developed from the first years of life will certainly have a huge impact on who and what our children will be.
That's why I don't knowingly include the following products in my child's diet:
Sugars are naturally present in food - and very good, because we need them very much. We find them in fruits, vegetables in milk. By writing in the heading "sugar" I mean this food - refined, obtained mainly from beets or sugar cane - in practice the sucrose itself - in this form absolutely unnecessary in the diet of a human, especially a child. Consumed in measure sugar leads to an increased risk of heart disease, obesity, cancer, over-stimulation, and worst of all - addictive. You can find it almost everywhere, and certainly 99% of yoghurts, cereals, juices, drinks, jams or ketchup and mayonnaise, not to mention sweets.
If you do not want to give up sugar in your family, and you want to make healthier choices, replace refined sugar with unrefined sugar or honey, stevia, fructose or natural syrups - for example agave.
Similar to sugar, in my child's diet, you will not find glucose-frctose syrup, i.e. any product that contains it. This is the number one food enemy of a healthy child. I don't understand why they pack it everywhere, including most (if not all) baby syrups. I know it's very cheap to produce, but is that all that matters? There are so many healthy ingredients that will also make the medicine taste better. Personally, I sweeten the cookies and porridge with fruit. Plain "sugar" really does not need him. What's more - since my child does not eat sugar, he is not used to its taste and the sweetness level of the fruit is sufficient for him.
To date, I have not been able to find a sausage worth serving to the child. So I don't give it, and if I have to, I will eat it in secret. We replace them with home-baked pate, at the sight of which the child squeals with joy.
And I don't mean squeezed juices, but 99% of the "juices" available on our shelves - almost all of them in a carton, but more and more often in a bottle, which contain sugar and are made of concentrated juice or syrup, highly processed. I mainly serve water, sometimes teas and herbs. When it comes to juices, I plan to invest in a juicer that will squeeze the best from vegetables and fruits with a slow screw movement. And we can add it to the spelled porridge for breakfast or freeze it for delicious summer ice cream.
You also often ask me how I do it, that my child drinks water and a lot of water. He just knows nothing else besides water, tea and herbs, hence he loves it. As I wrote before - sugar is addictive and it is no wonder that a child who is used to juices refuses to drink water.
You are probably shocked.
I rejected farmed fish from the child's diet due to the fact that I do not know in what conditions they were bred, what they were fed, and what amount of antibiotics they received. I rejected wild fish due to the fact that during freezing they are often covered with a "glaze" containing not only water, but also food chemicals. We live by the sea, so we could get the baby fresh fish, but I still read that the concentration of heavy metals in fish from our sea is so high that I don't want to risk it. Instead, I give my child healthy, unrefined oils every day: coconut, sunflower or linseed oils, as well as omega acids.
By the way, I will tell you a secret, how to recognize if the fish is really fresh? When you throw a fish into the water, stale fish will float and fresh fish will sink to the bottom - amazing isn't it? I would bet it's quite the opposite!
By this I mean trying to eliminate processed foods from baby food. Flavors, dyes, preservatives or monosodium glutamate ... and all the rest that is described as sodium benzoate, sulfites, nitrites and sulfur dioxide. No product that contains them ends up on our child's plate. So, unfortunately, cold cuts also do not. Instead, we serve roasted meats and pates.
My best advice: always read the composition.
Buy consciously. Know what you give. Even if you decide to eliminate other ingredients from your diet than us, be aware. Your child probably can't read yet, and certainly cannot analyze food compositions. Don't worry if today your diet is full of the above products, and you want to change it - the sooner you start, the easier it will be to develop healthy habits in children.
Probably many of you will say that I will not protect your child from any of the above-mentioned products and he is absolutely right - but the longer we do it, the more chance we give our children for health.
If you are lost in the maze of all these ingredients, you do not know how to read the labels, what to buy and what should end up on your child's plate (and preferably yours) - be sure to invest less than PLN 25 in the bookReplace chemistry with food". I still use it.
What did I think about at the end? That it is also worth stop justifying and apply all of the above principles to yourself. I keep my fingers crossed! For you too! Because it's worth changing.
And what does your children's diet look like? Would you like to change something?
PS Thank you Beti 🙂