|One of Declan’s favorites: Stuffed yellow peppers w/ground turkey, carrot, tomato & cheese|
Food has been on my mind, not only since becoming pregnant, but in my post-partum days as well. I became even more mindful of what I was putting into my body once I knew that I was growing another life inside of me. It should have been this important before, but it just wasn’t. I don’t mean to say that I ate crap; my husband is in the food business and I enjoying cooking with fresh ingredients, so we ate pretty well before I was pregnant – it just wasn’t as important.
A recent article, and a recent trip to the grocery store pushed me to talk about the food issue. Simply put, most of what is widely available on grocery store shelves is crap, laden with sugars, chemicals and unhealthy fats…and I can’t believe they want me to feed my baby any of that. But they do.
I should backtrack and say that I have cooked ALL of Declan’s food since day one, and ensure that only whole foods make it onto his plate. As a girlfriend recently said to me [while talking about this topic], we only have a few years where we have complete control over our children’s diets, so there’s nothing wrong with being overprotective now. We’ve been blessed with a little foodie, so D’s been eating real people food since he was 5 months old. It broke my heart a little, because I really cherished our breastfeeding relationship and wanted to breastfeed exclusively for a longer period of time, but D was ready. The signs? I was eating a banana one day, while D was on my lap, and he leaned over and chomped on it. If I had a cup in my hand, he was grabbing it to get a sip of my water. Our little guy was curious and I had to ‘give in’ to solids.
|Declan’s mini stuffed pepper|
Three months of solids and three whole food meals a day later, D is now at a point where I sometimes am out and about and nursing him just doesn’t cut it; he knows the difference between nursing and people food. There are times when we’re out and it’s cutting dangerously close to his lunchtime, and he wants food, so I was looking for something healthy for him to snack on. My pediatrician had suggested yogurt bites and these veggie puffs, so I checked them out at a recent trip to the store.
|Whole foods are YUMMY!|
I will say this: why, on earth, would I want to give my BABY something that has sugar or corn syrup listed in the top four ingredients? Healthy yogurt bites my butt. I stopped reading after I saw sugar listed as a main ingredient. I moved along to the veggie puffs and my horror grew even greater. Baby companies are producing food for BABIES with chemicals listed as ingredients. You. have. got. to. be. kidding. me. There is no way I will buy something for my BABY to ingest if it has ingredients I cannot pronounce, and I’m horrified that companies expect me to. This opens up a whole new issue with FDA standards and food quality as a whole in the United States, but I’m not going there. This is about the fragile, quickly growing brains and bodies of babies and why companies think it’s okay for us to feed them chemically manufactured ‘food’. No way. I’ll find a way to finely dice cucumbers/raw veggies or bring string cheese along so that I don’t have to contemplate these snack items. YUCK!