Hi everyone. :) First off, a bit about me, and why we're doing this now. I'm 30, and realizing more than ever how important it is to care for my body so I can continue to live a long and healthy life. Hubby and I are both in good health, and want to stay that way. I'm almost 12 weeks pregnant, and have noticed a wonderful difference since I started eating more healthfully after I found out I was pregnant. We have two daughters - our youngest is very healthy (age 6). Our oldest (age 10) has a lot of health problems - epilepsy, autism, development delays, sleep problems, digestive issues, etc. It has taken us until now to be able to get our oldest eating a wider variety of foods (long story but she was failure-to-thrive for many years because she couldn't/wouldn't eat). Now that she is eating better foods like salads and smoothies, I really want to put the focus on eating as healthfully as possible for her. She is a vegetarian, though the rest of us are not.
SO... here's what I want to do, I'm thinking.
I have been doing some research on "Super Foods" and what seems to have the most "bang for your buck" so to speak. Because my oldest daughter's diet is so limited, I really want to find ways to incorporate things into her current diet that are incredibly healthy for her. Ultimately, I will be making these changes for all of us, but my focus is finding ways to help her be as healthy as possible, given her problems both health wise, and with eating.
She loves things like spaghetti, salad, smoothies, sandwiches (PBJ, etc), cereal, waffles or pancakes, etc. I know I can do a lot with those food groups, and even work toward gluten free (with gluten free pasta, cereal, almond flour to make pancakes, etc). I'm planning to use some pre-made things like the Odowalla juice with Spirulina, which she loves, and put it into a smoothie with raw cacao powder, and some other fresh fruits and veggies. She loves smoothies so I think that will work well. I want to see about putting some Acai in there as well to help with her sleep problems, I will be cooking with coconut oil whenever I can to help get good fats and help boost metabolism in all of us. I want to start using raw honey as much as possible as well for all of the amazing benefits the bees can give us. We also put flax seeds in everything for the fiber and essential fatty acids.
I have started a garden so we can have fresh, organic fruits and vegetables. I will also be preserving any excess so we can eat them long after garden season is over.
Supplements I am planning on are a really good multi-vitamin, a good multi-mineral, and a probiotic. I'm not sure what probiotics might work best.
So... those are some of the major changes we're going to be making. Any other suggestions or ideas that have worked really well for you?