NutritionPrenatal-extremely important-you dont fix things with 9 mths of healthy eating after a lifetime of bad
Newborn/Infant-breast is best-but then there is reality
Introduction of complementary foods-no right or wrong way to start-we all prefer sweets-some evidence to support meat early (iron)-not before 4 mths (?allergy)Solids (finger foods) start with pincer grasp (9- 10mths)-baby led weaning?
One Year-switch to whole milk?-dairy (yogurt, cheese)>>milk-ok to continue breast-ever expanding diet
Toddlers-food rules-options/menu-dont reward with badfood for eating good food
-eating after the toddler period is determined very much by this developmental period and how you interact with the child-are YOU picky?-anxious about your wt?-dieting?
BMI-body mass index (wt for ht)-measured after 3 years of age-healthy weight/overweight/obese/morbidly obese-a child who is overweight/obese at 7 years of age if likely to have weight problems as an adult-not a guarantee
To organic or not to organic, that is the question.
-less pesticides-better for you?-more expensive, or is it?-the type of animal you eat may be less important than what THAT animal ate while it was alive
the science-omega 6:3 ratio should be roughly 1:1 - grass fed is 1:1 - corn fed is 14:1-heart disease risk? cancer risk?-THERE IS A DIFFERENCE!
Vegetarianism-vitamins can make this a non-issue in the US-should consult with a trained nutritionist to insure that there are no gaps - i.e. vit B12, fatty acids, iron-vegetarian vs vegan (too restrictive for child)-leaner bodies, probably will live longer and healthier lives
Beef is Bad!-especially commercially produced- E. Coli 0157:H7 -In and Out Burger (1980s)-byproducts fed to animal include bits from the same species - cannibalism - mad cow disease
FOOD = HEALTH- top causes of death, most are food related - heart disease - cancers
-we all want want is best for our kids-so why do we place so little care on what they eat?-why do we not trust our own instincts when it comes to food? - internet? fad diets? mistrust of MDs? - lack of education/information from MDs?
-harder than it looks-requires commitment-watch TV, or play-priorities!
What to do?- teach your kids- take them food shopping- cook with them- microwaving is NOT cooking!-your job is to provide, theirs is to eat-young children can adjust their intakes, but cannot choose a well-balanced diet
-aim for 3 meals/day (age appropriate)-avoid sodas and teas - water - 100% juice (in moderation) - milk (no more than 16 oz, low fat unless12-24 mths - debate)-routine use of vitamins not necessaryNO HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP
-EAT WITH YOUR KIDS!-dont get caught up in percentiles if your kids is happy and energetic-gaining wt on bad food is worse than being skinny or stable on healthy food-petition your school and elected officials for better food