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Because we’re vegetarians, I’m pretty careful to make sure that we’re getting a good range of healthy foods that give us the fats, proteins, carbs and vitamins that we all need (I’m still nursing so it’s important that I eat well, too!). We also do offer Audrey cow’s milk several times a day, and stay away from fruit juices or other sugar-y products.
Although girlfriend is OBSESSED with green smoothies. Seriously. I made one for myself the other day and she threw a tantrum until I made a mini version for her.
I’ve struggled with food issues for most of my life, and I’m walking a delicate balance of wanting to instill good habits in Audrey NOW without making the whole process of eating a big deal (I really don’t want to tip the scales so far the other way that she has her own issues).
I’m doing my best to really focus on an 80/20 guideline: 80% real, whole foods and 20% of whatever we want to eat. It’s a motto that I have come to love in just about every aspect of my life: moderation in all things including moderation.
So we make smart choices most of the times and enjoy treats every once in a while. Audrey gets a healthy balance of foods (including at daycare — we send in her lunch every day) and I always tell her that eating the rainbow helps her be strong (look how fast and far you can run!) and smart (can you give me the sign for “please?” THANK YOU!). I’m also trying to make sure that our treats aren’t just rewards — although I reserve the right to bribe my kid in the future.
It’s been fun to look at some of the tips that other health experts and bloggers are sharing as well. There are more Great Starts Tips available at: Kelloggs.com/GreatStartsTips.
Here are a few:
I’d love to hear from you — what’s your approach to food and feeding your babies, toddlers and older kids?
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