Originally Posted by Emmama
Hello everyone. I have not read all of the thread yet, lol, but I wanted to post anyway. I posted a thread in H&H about my 3 yo being very aggressive. There are other things though. I have suffered from canker sores and periodontal disease. My kids have cradle cap and eczema spots. I have rosacea and highly sensitive skin, and also a perpetual vaginal yeast infection that won't go away.
Our nutrition has been horrible, and I have always wanted to eat and feed my kids better, we fall back into our old crappy eating habits. I really want to cure us and to have my 3 yo happy again (he is for the most part, but it is like a switch goes off and it is getting worse the older he gets.) I just feel so bad that this has been going on for so long and that I am the one that caused it all due to what I feed my kids
Where do I start? It seems so expensive...feingold program, minerals, oils, etc. I do not have access to a Naturopath, so I need to know which diet to do. My kids are not going to like this at all. My dd will eat veggies but my ds' run away from anything healthy.
I am also on my own right now, is there an easy way to prepare the meals? Any place I can get recipes, meal plans, lists of foods to have on-hand?
It must be so hard being a military mama right now, my heart really goes out to you and your family.
Don't beat yourself up re: food. All of us, me especially, have many things we've done in the past that we want to whack ourselves over the head for! You're here now, so use those feelings to learn.
I think the first thing you can do is start eating whole foods, no packaged foods. It is hard, and yes your kids are doing to have some adjusting to do. But there certainly are a lot of yummy nutritious and easy things you can start the transition with.
Diet and behavior are definately connected. Spend some time reading at the Weston Price foundation for nutritional advice, it's an eye opener.http://www.westonaprice.org/traditio...ry_wisdom.html
First, I think the easiest cheapest thing you can do is start making 24 hr. yogurt. I posted several pages back my oven method, you don't need a maker. You will get the strongest probiotics so you won't need to buy capsules. Experiment with yogurt smoothies for the kids with frozen fruit in blender (really easy). Peaches, orange juice and a banana. Cherries or strawberries and vanilla extract. They come out like ice cream smoothies. Call them that and the kids will sure to be interested!
If you are not ready to do the SCD, perhaps you can try to make some steps towards whole foods that are easier to digest. Such as ditching the packaged dry cereals and doing soaked oatmeal instead or nut butter pancakes. The banana pancakes on www.pecanbread.com
are very yummy, I can't imagine a kid that wouldn't eat those.
You can add all sorts of things to oatmeal: apples and cinnamon, pineapple and coconut cream, blueberries/nutmeg/vanilla, peaches/vanilla. Honey is much better for the body than sugar because it's a whole food unlike white sugar, plus it won't feed the intestinal imbalances.
And if your DS won't eat carrots for example, make baby carrots with honey and butter and salt perhaps. Make a concession with adding honey to get him to like whole foods at first. Sneak pureed veggies or avocado into your meatloaf or meatball recipe. Muffins are another way to add pureed butternut squash for example.
Then make a list of things to try one at a time when you are ready: such as cod liver oil, magnesium, enzymes.
Keep reading and learning. It takes a while, there's nothing wrong with baby steps!