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A Post written for Lunch Box Pals

Refined Vs Natural Sugars

 

We are being told more and more that sugar is bad for us, however not ALL sugars are bad for us, in fact our bodies NEED sugar to function optimally. Without the right sugars our cells become stressed, and elevated stress levels lead to a breakdown of body tissues, thyroid imbalance, weakened digestion, decreased immunity and damaged metabolism.

Firstly, lets talk about the different types of sugars found in our foods (Pre-packaged and wholefoods) and divide them into refined sugars and natural sugars.

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Bubble & Squeak Friands

It can sometimes be tough to get your kids to eat certain vegetables. Interestingly, it’s not them being difficult, it’s actually an evolutionary safety mechanism for any young to be skeptical of green plants such as vegetables because of their bitter taste. In nature, bitterness in a plant is often linked to toxicity or the plant being poisonous. Since children are still learning, caution is their go-to when identifying what foods are safe to eat or not. They will need to sample the vegetable 10-15 times in small portions before they will psychologically accept that it is safe to ingest.

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Banana & Coconut Patty Cakes (Dairy Free)

Every time we go to the grocery store, my son acts like he hasn’t eaten in a week and loses his mind! He grabs a basket at the front entrance, makes his way to the fruit section and races down the aisles picking as much fruit as he can carry. Continue reading

Gagging or Choking?

I’m sure everyone has had that freak out moment, when starting solids, of your baby gagging? What did you do? Did you rush over and slap them on the back? Stick your finger in their mouth to remove the piece of food? Or did you calmly sit and watch to see if your baby could clear the food themselves? When we see a baby gag, our first thought is that she must be in danger of choking. However, that is why we have the gag reflex, to push food away from the opening to the throat thus preventing it obstructing the airways or choking. Continue reading

Dairy Free Fettucine Bosciala

Ok, hands up if you have a child with an allergy? Me!

It was always going to happen as it runs through my family and I had chronic eczema when I was a kid. My Mum was well ahead of her time and helped us control our allergies by cutting out the foods that were causing the worst reactions. Even to the point of us having a goat in our backyard. Yes, a nanny goat! Her name was Jenny and she was milked daily for our enjoyment. Continue reading

Let them lead the way…

At the beginning, as a new Mum I wasn’t sure what weaning would bring. I was recommended a popular weaning book by a friend. So, I went online to order it. Whilst browsing I noticed a book called “Baby Led Weaning”. ‘Interesting!’, I thought. So, I ordered it, out of curiosity.

In the meantime, I tried to give him baby cereal and my son seemed ok with it but kept pushing the spoon out with his tongue which seemed counter-intuitive to me. Then my books arrived or so I thought. Actually only one arrived. The Baby Led Weaning book was delivered. I never did receive the original one I wanted….maybe it was fate?

As I read, it all made sense, now I understood why he kept pushing the spoon out. I was also sold on the practicality of the approach…no puree´s, EVER! So, I sold my Babychef and from that day on I was determined to try a baby-led approach and we never looked back!

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Baby-Led Weaning at 6 months to 8 months old

WHAT IS BABY LED WEANING (BLW)?

Baby Led weaning is the introduction of solids ‘by encouraging a baby’s confidence and independence by following her cues.’* At first she will sit with you at mealtimes, either on your lap or your partner’s lap, she will watch the way you eat and start to mimic this behaviour by reaching for your plate and then gradually your food. This is a sign of readiness for baby, also look for when she starts putting food in her mouth. Initially she won’t swallow much. Food is mainly for fun under one! Don’t get too concerned if she’s not ingesting a whole lot. As long as she is getting all her milk feeds, she is getting all her nutrients. In the early stages of BLW its more about developing baby’s chewing, dexterity and hand-eye coordination as well as further down the line helping with speech development and fine motor skills.

The reaching for food and bringing it to her mouth, are the first signs of readiness. Also make sure Bubs is sitting by herself, she has lost her tongue thrust instinct and she has also reached her 6 month milestone. Once Bub has these five signs then she is ready! Offer foods in french fry sized portions for easy handling from plate to mouth. It gets messy, I promise you, but it is hilarious to watch! There is nothing my son wouldn’t try. He even ate a wedge of lemon once and loved it!

 

 

What about Choking I hear you ask? 

What I find most fascinating about BLW is the unlikelihood of choking when Baby self feeds. Did you know a baby’s gag reflex is a lot further down the tongue than an adults? This means that the food has no way of getting too close to the back of the throat because the gag reflex will kick in and bubs will push the food back to the front of the mouth or at worst, vomit, which let’s face it, babies do all the time! My son is now 4 and he never once choked or vomited whilst he was weaning because he was in total control. Make sure you read about the differences of gagging and choking here. 

I love everything about BLW and am enjoying the start of my daughter’s weaning adventures. So, watch this space as there will be a lot more posts to come on this topic.

Let the Bolognese fly!

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*Baby-Led Weaning by Gill Rapley and Tracey Murkett