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Building Healthy Eating Habits Print E-mail
Tuesday, 30 January 2007

A recent Newsweek article brought my attention to a new free booklet put out by the nonprofit organization Zero to Three a valuable parenting resource site that’s listed on my Top 5s Page.

This new booklet, “Healthy From the Start”, is endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and outlines sensible and healthy eating habits for babies and toddlers – and more importantly, what we as parents can do to encourage these habits.


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Flavor of the Week Print E-mail
Wednesday, 17 January 2007

Am I the only mom whose kid goes through these passionate love affairs with a specific food, only to suddenly shun them without warning one day?

Maddie’s always been a pretty good eater; as a baby she’d eat just about anything and I smugly assumed that would continue through toddlerhood. I’d listen pityingly to my girlfriends moan about their kids’ refusals to eat veggies and think, “Glad I won’t have that problem.” She doesn’t refuse them completely now, but she is much more enamoured of pasta and cheese than I’d prefer, and broccoli, carrots, and the occasional asparagus (NO CORN!!!!) are about all I can get down her. Thank you, Lord, for Veggie Booty.

Highest on her list, though, has always been fresh fruit, and at first her preferences followed the seasons. Last summer she ate a lot of berries, then fall came and it was apples, and so on. But for the past couple of months she gets this craving for a specific food and God help you if you don’t have it on hand.


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Privacy, Please Print E-mail
Tuesday, 05 December 2006

This is going to be one of those blogs Maddie hates when she becomes a teenager. I can almost hear the cries – “Mo-om! Did you have to write about that?” It’s also going to be a TMI blog if you’re not into talking about body functions.

Since you’re a parent, I’m assuming you’re way past that and this is fine.


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(Not) Milking It Print E-mail
Friday, 18 August 2006

When Madeleine was around 10 months old we began to see small spots on her face that gradually increased, and at her 1-year visit our pediatrician confirmed it as an allergic reaction. Since the reaction was not severe, though, she said we could either try to figure out what was causing it or simply live with it. As long as Maddie wasn’t uncomfortable, eating a food she had a reaction to was no big deal. Most infant food allergies are outgrown by age 2 or so, and consuming something at her age that she’d have a reaction to would in no way make her more likely to keep that allergy for life.

And before you ask, yes, I did the slow food introduction thing. I introduced every new food to Madeleine one at a time, waiting five days between each food for signs of an allergic reaction. When I told our pediatrician that, and that nothing happened, she said sometimes an allergy won’t come on right away. Made me feel a bit better as a mommy, but I still felt like a bit of a Slacker Mom for not catching it sooner.

So as I said, we had two choices. Try to pin down the allergy food, or simply let her live with it. Being the obsessive-compulsive I am, I had to know what was causing it. So we went to work.



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Booty Call Print E-mail
Wednesday, 16 August 2006

Maddie’s eating habits are entering toddlerhood, and all I can say is, weird kid.

First off, she’s got an aversion to meat. It’s the whole texture thing, and she likes deli meat and ground beef but can’t stand cooked chicken or beef. She also won’t eat much egg, which used to be one of her favorite meals. Ditto with the avocado – now she picks at it at best.

Which creates a bit of a problem for me. See, Maddie’s not eating much dairy since we’ve discovered she seems to have a mild allergic reaction to it. So she’s not drinking milk, eating cheese, and so on. She’s pretty amenable to soy milk, but won’t drink more than maybe four ounces a day, and it doesn’t have as much fat and protein as whole milk at any rate.



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