Nourishing Our Kids, One Bite At A Time

by lydia on February 12, 2014

We are up against a mighty giant when it comes to what goes into our kids’ minds. There are commercials, candy-lined store shelves, parties to go to, school events and friends influence all with the mentality or mindset that if it looks good or tastes good, then by all means have some. The brainwashing starts young and never relents. Our influence is of no small matter though. We must train them up in the way they should go and give them some solid roots as they face this world of convenience at the cost of health. We have far more influence over their mentalities than we realize. I think it was designed that way for a reason! ~ Lydia

 

If you’ve visited my site before, you are aware I’m a mom to four growing boys, ages 15, 11, 8 and 6. One of my most challenging jobs is to ensure I’m feeding them healthy foods and that requires a lot of effort and hard work. I’ve seen it make an immense difference in my children’s health, therefore it makes it all worthwhile.

I often get questions from readers on the practical side of things. How on earth do you do it all? Half the time, I really don’t even know how I put it into practice. I just do it because it’s a priority to me and I know I must. It is certainly not impossible, nor is it easy to feed a family healthy real food day in and day out.

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I’ve teamed up with my good friend Melanie Hoffman, blogger at Pickle Me Too and Noise Covered In Dirt. Melanie and I met online a couple years ago and had an instant bond as we are both ‘ferment freak’ and moms to 4 boys. Somehow moms with 4 boys are like kindred spirits.

Melanie and I both have the same base food philosophy, as well as gluten-free and we both have had children with greater needs nutritionally speaking (more on that later). So we understand all the challenges that come along with feeding kids nutrient dense whole foods daily. Both financially and practically, not to mention the attitudes that may ensue from the boys.

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That is why we joined together to create a podcast to address your questions as best we can. We both have a more open minded approach on healthy eating. We try to take a more balanced realistic approach to how we feed our families. We find that excess stress when it comes to all the ins and outs of cooking, shopping and prep is so not worth it in the long run. We hope that you will find our ongoing conversations helpful. Please feel free to comment with any questions you’d like to hear addressed in potential future recordings.

Do not over-stress, and by all means do not have any guilt. Just do the best you can and don’t sweat what you can’t do at any given time. Never allow guilt to creep in and overcome you. You are now choosing freedom for your family in the food choices you make, don’t allow yourself to get bound up again by feeling guilt when you don’t do it perfectly. That is not the point! Be free and enjoy the journey. Revel in your health and energy levels and the fact that you aren’t going to the doctor as much, or that your kids don’t need braces or little Johnny’s asthma went away. Focus on the blessings that this way of life has brought you, and just press onward! ~Lydia

 

Topics Covered in this Podcast

(Running Time 40:22)

  • In October, my Dr. told me to eliminate gluten and almost all dairy. We chose to implement these changes family wide and although it proved difficult at first, we have gotten used to it. We also are trying to cook as many fresh, whole foods as possible (organic and grass fed when a lot) but my 6 year old daughter still wants junk. I didn’t think we ate that poorly before but she still wants chips and sweets. My husband occasionally purchases these items and ues they are GF but they are still chips!! How do I get her to break the cycle and desire to want these items?
  • Tips for how to fit in healthy cooking with an active family (how to save time, etc)
  • How do you get a picky eater to eat veggies? He also will only eat bananas and apples fresh. Peaches and pears he will eat if they are canned. Will eat carrots but that is about it for the veggies. I push the vitamins because he won’t eat much of anything really.
  • Getting kids to make healthy choices on their own when you aren’t around.
  • Feeding kids while “in survival mode”.  This is from a mom who has a 1 month old and 2 older children, all under the age of 4.

 

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