“Shake, Mommy? I drink shake!”
We’ve switched C’s diet from 3.5 cans of Pediasure each day through his gtube to a blended diet of mostly organic whole foods. He still asks me if he can drink a “shake” sometimes. I cringe every time, because now it’s even more apparent what that influx of sugar does to him. Within an hour, his behavior is completely out of control. He runs wild, unsure what to do with himself. It results in outbursts, hurting his sister and me, and throwing tantrums. The crazy thing – he used to be like that ALL THE TIME. It was all that Pediasure and sugar coursing through him. Eek.
As I’m learning more about what junk food does to C’s body, the benefits of real food, and the real food movement, I’m taking more control over my children’s diets. Baby Jo is formula fed, but she gets organic snacks and baby food. C is primarily tube-fed so it’s even easier to get real food into him via his gtube. I make him wonderful blends with fresh, in-season, mostly organic ingredients. The more I learn and the more I witness in C’s responses to food, the more I cringe at processed junk food for my kids.
Now, I’m not getting preachy here – when C asks for fries, we still grab some through a drive-thru. When the boy wants to eat, we oblige! He eats white bread, ice cream and pizza. But they’re the kind that don’t have all kinds of yucky ingredients. I like to stick by the 80/20 rule. He can have some things that aren’t great for him as long as 80% of his diet is real food. I do have some absolute no-no’s: corn syrup and items with an ingredient list filled with things that are difficult to pronounce.
I never thought I’d be one of the “crunchy” moms who makes her own laundry soap, buys organic dairy and says no to most of your typical kid snacks. Being in Mamavation has taught me a lot, but seeing the growth and development differences in my own child is the biggest motivator of all.
Do you have any food “no-no’s”? Have you made changes in your diet that you never thought you would?