My kids don’t always love me for it, in fact it drives some of my kids downright crazy, but I try to be a stickler about what my kids eat. Â That means that most of the time when we are going through the grocery store I’m saying “No”,……”No”,….. “Um, no”,…….. “Are you serious?, No!” Â Do you ever have conversations that like with your children?
Children who have been adopted can have major issues surrounding food, particularly if they spent time in an orphanage or experienced abuse/neglect. Â Even if a child experienced hunger as an infant, it can be something that they carry with them for the rest of their lives at aÂ subconscious level. Â Also, of course, the chances are very good that the nutrition they received while in their mother’s womb was barely adequate at best.
I know I feel better, think more clearly, have more energy, and just am generally in a better mood when I’m eating good food. Â Little bodies have got to feel better too when they are fueled with proper energy, not a bunch of sugary chemicals created in a lab. Â Especially those bodies that are sometimes overtaxed as it is with sensory and attention issues.
Good nutrition is extremely important regardless of how a child started out in life, but for my children whose start in life is questionable, good nutrition for them now is even more vital.
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Our quest to start eating better began when a certain blond boy, who shall remain nameless, was preschool age. Â He was busy! Â In to anything and everything busy. Â My mother in law mentioned that there was a diet that cut out the red dye in food and that led me to the Feingold Association, which then opened my eyes to all the crap that companies try and pass off as “food”. Â While we don’t necessarily follow that particular plan anymore, I do make an effort to buy things without artificial flavors, colors, msg, high fructose corn syrup, and preservatives. Â So, you can see why I say no quite a bit at the grocery store when my kids are with me.
There is so much confusing and conflicting nutrition information, it’s overwhelming. Â Diary or no diary (we don’t), meat or no meat (I don’t, but the rest of theÂ family does), carbs or no carbs (we do!). Â I’m no nutrition expert and being informed about what is right for your family does take a bit of effort.
In my un-educated opinion a good start is using real, whole foods as much as possible. Â Avoid drive-thrus, and don’t drink empty calories like soda and “fruit” juices. Â Cooking from scratch isn’t really that much more time consuming and the health benefits are tremendous.
Keep in mind that if you are looking to make big changes, gradual is probably a good idea. Â Start paying more attention to labels and ingredients. Â I don’t stress too much about what my kids eat when we are out with family and friends. Â Moderation is key and I certainly don’t want food issues that might be hanging around toÂ become even moreÂ prevalent. Â A majority of the time we eat at home, so 80-90% of the time our diet is pretty healthy.
I highly recommend checking out the Spoon Foundation, particularly if you are contemplating an adoption or in the midst of an adoption. Â Lots of excellent information.
Dr. Sears books have been a great resource for me, particularly The Healthiest Kid in the Neighborhood,Â another good place to get started is 100 Days to Real Food.
Getting proper nutrition is just as important as making sure our kids get adequate exercise and enough sleep, it really will make a difference!