How to get kids to try new foods

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I don’t force my kids to eat when they don’t feel like it, or when they are not hungry. I trust they know their bodies better than I do, and I don’t want to make a fuss out of their appetite, and create some unwanted relationship with food in the future. BUT that doesn’t mean I don’t try to teach good eating habits by offering them a variety of heathy choices. This is tricky sometimes, as every parent knows, but I discovered that this simple story gets my daughter so fascinated that she would try almost anything. ALMOST, still not everything. Sometimes she asks me for this story, and we even found her a very pretty shiny ceramic bowl, that serves as our magic pot.
I also try to change the story to keep it fresh every time. Sometimes we have a girl with her mother, sometimes we have a brother and a sister, or the whole family of characters. They also live in different places and houses. The sky is the limit here, really.
In case you want to try it next time, good luck!

What’s in your fast food?

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I thought this was interesting. If we are what we eat, then what does it say about us?
I tried to offer just an excerpt from the article but it still ended up longer than desired. Oh well, some might find it useful.
The whole text can be found here:
http://www.mnn.com/food/healthy-eating/stories/8-creepy-mystery-ingredients-in-fast-food

“People have been adding flavors, spices, natural preservatives and ripening agents to food since antiquity. But as the popularity of highly processed food has risen dramatically since the 1950s, so has the astounding array of bizarre chemical additives used in food manufacturing. Fast-food recipes seem to be born more from the laboratory than from farm or field.

All these ingredients are labeled as GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe).
These four little words seem to have become the FDA mantra when it comes to food additives; all of the above ingredients, and an expansive array of other chemical additives, have been generally recognized as safe in scientific studies. Taken out of context and looked at individually, maybe a little ammonium sulfate here and a petroleum product there aren’t going to cause quantitative damage to lab animals. But if you were to add up all of the chemical ingredients consumed during a life of a fast-food fueled Western diet, what would that look like? Would it look like an epidemic of obesity, diabetes or cancer?

Let’s look at the strangest of them:

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Is forcing kids to eat really necessary?

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As a child I was forced to finish everything on my plate, to eat the foods I hated, and I often left the table with tears in my eyes. Now that I am an adult I don’t like to eat in general. I like certain foods but I probably still eat less than I should. I just don’t like to eat, period.
My daughter is a very picky eater (in my understanding) but there’s no pressure from me. As long as we offer healthy choices she is free to finish her dinner or leave the table just after a few spoonfuls. Sometimes she doesn’t eat anything at all and that is also ok. Sometimes she eats a lot in the morning and not much in the evening, and that is fine with me. Sometimes all she wants is only apples, or only bananas, or only frozen peas, or just whole wheat bread and I don’t mind. I used to worry like crazy but then I also noticed that she is extremely active and has no health issues. I decided to let her decide. I feel less stressed this way and she is also happy with our agreement. Continue reading

Babies and respectful communication

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More ideas on respectful parenting from day one. This article is very educational (giving key principles in detail) and hard to accept first only because we are too set in our ways. But it makes total sense and I hope some of you will learn something new and will try to create better environments for your babies to thrive in.

Please consider reading the whole article http://www.parentingworx.co.nz/fantastic-reading/emmi-piklers-8-guiding-principles.

“Emmi Pikler set an example that the world is just beginning to wake up to. She knew that in order for babies to develop perfectly in the way that nature had intended, certain things must be heeded.

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Best First Foods for Baby

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This is NOT a must for every family. Some choose different foods from these offered groups and in a different order. I only wanted to share as an alternative to the commonly suggested commercially-bought cereals. Please consider your family’s diet and preferred foods that you, yourself, are more used to. Chances are your baby will agree with you more.

This is how I chose to introduce first foods with my second child after getting burned on rice cereal with my first. And we both couldn’t be happier.

Some good Information found in this article:

“Baby Led Weaning First Foods – Fruits

Banana – this is best served in large chunks for baby to gnaw, as they will be easier for him to hold.

Pear- this can be served raw (if soft, ripe and juicy) or lightly steamed if the texture doesn’t seem ‘gummable’.

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Reconsidering infant cereals

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Made this mistake with my first because I thought my pediatrician knew better than me, and didn’t do any research. I know better with my second now and I notice a world of difference between my children’s eating habits and appetite in general.

Have a look at this article by Dr. Joseph Mercola:

“Almost every childcare book offers the same advice about a baby’s first solid meal — start them first on rice cereal mixed with breast milk or formula. This has been received wisdom for 60 years.
But this is because in the 1950’s, baby food companies launched an advertising blitz trumpeting the benefits of white rice cereal.
But there is no scientific basis for this recommendation. None at all. And now, concerned about increasing childhood obesity, some pediatricians want to change how babies eat.

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KellyMom.com (Breastfeeding)

Some parenting choices include doing what’s best for the baby. There is a lot of information out there that is not correct and lots is misunderstood about the most natural act – breastfeeding your child. Think about both your baby’s and your own health. This site will help you do your research to make an informed decision.
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