Does Processed = bad? Not Always ________________________________ Processed food tends to be viewed in a negative light, but the bad press isn’t always deserved. While some processed foods contain items that we should be limiting for better health, some are actually very good choices. What Does Processed Mean? Processing is a huge category that includes … Continue reading Does Processed Always Mean Stay Away?
Have you ever been so frustrated when your child won’t eat what you cooked? 🤦🏼♀️Or maybe you are like me and concerned about how he is only consuming one food group and not consuming a balanced meal? 🙋🏼♀️ Have you ever heard of Responsive Feeding? • • Responsive Feeding is scientifically backed with incredible data and recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) to create healthy meal time routines that do not cause stress or negative emotional eating habits in children. • • • “Verbal and physical pressure along with using incentives (bargaining) to get child to eat may override children's internal regulatory cues and lead to overemotionalizing food and eating, thuse increasing the risk of children using feeding behavior as a tool for manipulation.” • • Responsive feeding strategy is based on control and nurturance. 💕Caregivers provide mealtime structure by selecting the food, the timing, and the context in which feeding takes place. They respond to children's signals of hunger and satiety prompty, and with developmentally appropriately and nurturing feeding practices.✔️ • • • Principles of response feeding include mealtime structure, help children build healthy habits, and respond to their children’s signals of hunger and satiety (which may definitely include food refusal) in a prompt and nurturing manner, form the basis of successful interventions to promote healthy feeding behavior and avoid feeding problems ⭐️⭐️ • • Who has practiced responsive feeding? Have you ever heard of responsive feeding? • • References: Henry CJ, Nicklas TA Nicklaus S (eds): Nurturing a Healthy Generation of Children: Research Gaps and Opportunities Nestlé Nutr Inst Workshop Ser vol 91. Nestlé Nutrition Institute, Switzerland/S. Karger AG., Basel, © 2019. Nicklas TA, Hayes D: Position of the American Dietetic Association: nutrition guidance for healthy children ages 2 to 11 years. J Am Diet Assoc 2008; 108:1038-1044, 1046-1047.
Excuse me, just crying over here because this is the last of my frozen breastmilk supply 🤱 • • Each ounce of breastmilk was pumped so that I could return to work and Sullivan would still get his preferred food and nutrition. This breastmilk hasn’t just fed him but it has also helped heal his cuts and bruises [yesss for breast milk baths ⭐️] + healed his clogged tear ducts too! This stuff is magic. • • I have said this many time but I absolutely love breastfeeding 💕💕It is something that was so challenging in the first few weeks but became so comfortable and normal for us soon after. It’s our precious cuddle time when I get home from work and our last hugs before I lay him down to sleep. But pumping on the other hand.... 😫😫was probably my least favorite thing to do [i see you exclusively pumping moms and you are so awesome]. I stopped pumping at work when Sullivan was 12 months old and I felt like a new woman!! No more cleaning pump supplies or having to bring a cooler to work to keep the milk cool on the way home! Also, no uncomfortably sitting in your office with your shirt off hoping no one needs you for the next 15 minutes! • • We have slowly dwindled down in my stash the past four months [super grateful it lasted us this long!]. At 12 months we added one feeding of whole milk instead of breastmilk while I’m at work and we have slowly increased his solids as well. Now he is down to just a few ounces of breastmilk while I’m at work and then the rest of the day is whole milk. After this week there won’t be any breastmilk left for when momma is at work and I’m not sure why this is so emotional to me?!😭😭 P.S.A I’m still nursing when I’m home so it’s not like the breastmilk is gone gone, but I doubt anyone could pay me to pump milk anymore 🤣 • • Can anyone relate? How did you feel when your milk stash was gone?
The chopped kale salad mix from @costco is where it has been at recently! We have been loving this salad mix (side note: I don’t use the dressing that comes with the salad mix because it’s FULL of sugar but use my favorite Avocado dressing instead). • • • This meal has my lemon basil grilled chicken on top of the salad and is paired with sweet potato fries and watermelon ✔️ • • Protein, fat, carbohydrate, and fiber = balanced meal. This is my rule of thumb for all meals! If anyone wants to lose weight, this is something you should focus on (including all the macronutrients and consuming plenty of veggies).
Ending breastfeeding is a very personal decision and only you and your child know whats best for you. Research has shown that baby has a biological and emotional need for breastfeeding for at least the first couple of years of his life and frequently longer. [Your own experience is almost certainly going to be different from what you planned, I know mine sure is! I never expected to still be nursing at 16 months but this is what works for Sully and I and that is what matters] • • Breastfeeding is more than a feeding method – it’s a relationship and relationships play out differently for everyone (I.E. respecting everyone no matter their choices on feeding/length of breastfeeding). • • Did you know? “If given the opportunity, most babies will breastfeed until they naturally outgrow the need. Some cultures, including much of North America, expect babies to wean around their first birthday or earlier. But our society’s expectation isn’t in step with our biology. Young children do best with the sucking, reassurance, nutrition, and boost in immunities that breastfeeding provides throughout their early years ⭐️. There is so much research showing this that the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and the World Health Organization (WHO) recommend breastfeeding for at least the first two years of life, and beyond for as long as mutually desired.” (The Womenly Art of Breastfeeding) Will I breastfeed for that long? Who knows, but I do know I will wait until we are BOTH ready 💕. • • Tell me your thoughts on extended breastfeeding below!
Its all fun and games until your 16 month old drinks the lake water and has an upset stomach for 48 hours, whoops. 🤦🏼♀️ Reminiscing on this weekend of boating and can't wait for a summer full of water activities. We are so excited for this summer because Sullivan is at such a fun age to do things with! ⭐️ • • Here are a list of our favorite boat snacks to bring along with us to keep us full and hydrated: 🚤🚤 • • ✔️Dried fruit - we choose the no salt or sugar added versions (some of my current favorites are dried figs, raisins, and mangos) • ✔️Pirates Booty Popcorn Puffs - our favorite low sodium crunchy snack that we can enjoy with Sullivan • ✔️Fresh fruit - of course this is a no brainer! grapes, apples, pears, and watermelon sliced up in Pyrex containers for some extra hydration! • ✔️Trail mix - full of healthy fats that give us sustained energy for a day out on the water. • ✔️PB&J's - because you literally can't go wrong with the most delicious sandwich combination ever • ✔️Pre-cut veggies with dip - carrots and red peppers give that satisfying crunch and we love to pair with hummus to add some protein into the mix. • ✔️Beverages: I am all about lacroix or flavor enhanced water to keep us hydrated. We bring a cup of water for Sullivan as well as breastmilk which is better than pedialyte for hydration, did you guys know that?! • • What are your go-to snacks to bring out for a day on the water?
Sullivan’s Memorial Day plate: swipe to see how much he really ate. I love for him to be able to explore different ways of eating food now that he is bigger, he has been loving corn on the cob for easing his teething pain (I got the idea from @aloha.nutrition ). Did your kiddos get to try anything new this weekend to eat? We love constantly adding new foods to Sullivan’s diet and making sure we switch up the variety frequently. ⭐️ this plate included lemon basil grilled chicken, black beans, grilled corn on the cob, and sweet potato fries. Hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!