5 products you won't find in my child's diet
A roof over your head, a full tummy and happy parents are probably everything your 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 shaped 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:Sugar
Sugars naturally occur in food - and very well, because we need them very much. We can find them in fruit, vegetables in milk. By "sugar" in the headline, I mean the food - refined, obtained mainly from beet or sugar cane - in practice, sucrose itself - in this form absolutely unnecessary in the diet of a man, especially a child. Sugar consumed in lead leads to an increased risk of heart disease, obesity, cancer, excessive arousal, and worst of all - addictive. You'll find it almost everywhere, and certainly in 99% of yoghurts, breakfast 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 from agave.
In the diet of my child, similarly to sugar, you will not find glucose-fructose syrup, i.e. any product that contains it. He is the number one food enemy of a healthy child. I don't understand why they pack it everywhere, including most (if not all) syrups for children. I know it's very cheap to produce, but is that all that matters? There are so many healthy ingredients that will also improve the taste of the medicine. Personally, I sweeten cookies and baby porridge with fruit. He doesn't really need plain "sugar". And what's more - since my child doesn't eat sugar, he is not accustomed to its taste and the level of sweetness the fruit gives is completely sufficient for him.Sausages
To date, I have not been able to find a sausage worth giving to a 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 squeaks with joy.Juices
And I do not mean squeezed juices, but about 99% of the "juices" available on our shelves - almost all of them in a carton, but more often and in a bottle that contain sugar and are made from concentrated juice or syrup, highly processed. Every day I serve mainly water, sometimes teas and herbs. On the subject of juices, I plan to invest in a juicer, which will slowly squeeze the best for us from vegetables and fruits. And we add it to 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 but water, tea and herbs, hence he loves it. As I wrote - sugar is addictive and it is not surprising that a child accustomed to juices refuses to drink water.Fishes
You are probably shocked.
I rejected farmed fish from the child's diet because I do not know under what conditions they were bred, fed, what amount of antibiotics they received. I rejected wild fish due to the fact that during freezing they are often covered with "glaze" containing not only water, but also food chemistry. We live by the sea so we could try for fresh fish for children, but I still read about the fact that the concentration of heavy metals in fish from our sea is so high that I do not want to risk it. Instead, I give my child daily healthy, unrefined oils: coconut, sunflower or linseed, as well as omega acids.
And by the way I will tell you a secret, how to recognize if the fish is really fresh? After throwing the fish into the water, the stale fish will float on the water, and the fresh fish will sink to the bottom - amazing, right? I would bet the opposite is the case!Meats
By this I mean efforts to eliminate processed foods from baby foods. Flavors, dyes, preservatives or monosodium glutamate ... and all the rest which is described as sodium benzoate, sulfites, nitrites or sulfur dioxide. No product that has them in your composition lands on our child's plate. So, unfortunately, no cold cuts either. Instead, we serve baked meats and pies.My best advice: always read the lineups.
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 save a child from any of the above products and is right - but the longer we do it, the greater chance for health we give our children.
If you are lost in the thicket of all these ingredients, you do not know how to read labels, what to buy and what should land on your child's plate (and preferably yours) - be sure to invest less than 25 zlotys in the book "Replace chemistry for 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?