MamaP --- I always LOVE your posts and would never be driven away by them! You have sooo much wisdom and experience, I look forward to them each time i log on!! Keep 'em coming!!
Ana -- too funny about the garlic clove!! At least the vampires won't be around for a while!!
I am totally guilty of feeding my kids those terrible things such as cheetos (on a rare occasion), goldfish is a staple in our food pantry, I buy American Cheese buy the pound at LEAST once a week, everyone has some ice cream every evening before bed here... AND Chloe's been drinking whole milk, eating yogart and having all types of dairy since about 9 1/2 months. I make sure my kids have 5 healthy meals a day, but healthy to me and healthy to others may be different. I mean a meat, fruit/veg, dairy, and starch for each meal. It was the way i was raised, and i've always been healthy as an ox!! Chloe still nurses, now round the clock again.
A typical day in the life of Chloe -- food wise-- would be...
6:30am - wake & nurse (but had been nursing on and off since like 2 or 4 am.)
8:30am - Breakfast - Oatmeal Baby cereal and a babyfood jar of Fruit & some cheerios
10:00 am - Snack - a babyfood cereal bar or yogart or piece of fruit and crackers & water or prune juice (1/2 water).
12:00 pm - Lunch - A jar of babyfood w/meat & veggies such as Chicken Noodle Dinner or chicken & apples, or turkey & sweet potatoes or something like that. & a cup of milk
2:30 pm - Snack - again a yogart, piece of fruit, crackers or whatever & water
5:00 pm - Dinner - Barley cereal and a jar of Veggies & a jar of meat.
7:00 pm - Our dinner - Whatever we are eating, she gets too... Meat, Veggies (we stay away from starches since we are trying to loose weight).
7:15 or so - Nurses and goes to bed around 8pm.
Nurses throughout the night.
This is all not enough for her she will still either nurse, or eat other things throughout the day... she would eat the entire day if it were up to her!!!
I don't cook, bake, or otherwise make food, but we do eat fresh veggies steamed and fresh top-quality meat every day, i'm like a food snob. I try to buy organic veggies, but not meat or milk. We eat a lot of eggs around here, and i buy the free-range, organic ones (you know like $3.99 a doz).. and we don't have DIME ONE!!! We spend a lot of money on food, but then again i'm in Fairfield County Connecticut, so everything costs more here than in most places.
Edited to say - My husband does all the cooking, i am capable of boiling water and adding pasta (organic), and can saute a few things or make alfred sauce or make spagetti sauce from scratch... i just don't do the daily cooking and can't bake unless it is a slice and bake, and i still wreck those!!!