Since about 2008, I started to get serious about preparing my body for the possibility that an “accident” could happen. I knew I didn’t only want to put the best foods in MY body (and Brandon’s), I knew I wanted our future babies to get the best possible start they could. I knew that this “start” began with my own personal health. If I got pregnant, there would be several weeks or months before I would even know! I had to make sure my body was ready. The first couple changes I made were switching to SOME organic foods. I started with the dirty dozen and dairy. I also started paying attention to food ingredients and opted out of many staple cereals, yogurts, pretzels, and other boxed goods I once ate. I then began taking a quality prenatal. I chose New Chapter Organics. It’s a whole foods prenatal that is very easy on the stomach and recommended by other health nut friends. It’s pricey, but worth it. We also looked at chemicals in our home. All the soaps, shampoos, creams, lotions, detergents, you name it. Brandon and I were both on board to get the chemicals out and stick to the basics. Vinegar/baking soda and water, soap flakes, Burt’s Bees (not perfect but better than some alternatives), Tarte make-up line, coconut oil (best facial moisturizer!), etc. I was feeling pretty good about our choices.
Once we were actually ready to get pregnant, that’s when I made the switch to 95-100% organic foods, body products, and chemical-free cleaners.
That also happens to be when I started wrapping my mind around Hannah’s future food choices. I was aware that I could keep her away from all the “junk” for a few years, but what happens when she starts school? Will she rebel against what I tried to teach her? Or will she embrace it and try to educate her friends? What about others? Will they load her up with “junk” that she doesn’t get at home? Take her out to fast food? Give her loads of sugary treats!? What would I do then?!
All of these thoughts have been plaguing my brain since the day I found out I was pregnant. How do you instill good nutritional values in a world that is infested with “junk?” The odds are working against you.
After lots of thought and consideration, I have made up my mind how I want to approach Hannah’s “baby bites.” I have a few “food rules.” My hope is that I can abide by these rules MOST of the time, until she is able to go out in the world and choose for herself.
- 100% organic. If I have to bring my own foods, I will. I want Hannah only consuming organic foods.
- No juice! I don’t see the need for juice, especially since she can eat food and drink water! The only way I would give her juice is if I juice it myself.
- Reverse Osmosis water. I also want Hannah to be drinking the purest water. Reverse Osmosis is the best and unfortunately, the most expensive. Luckily, my Dad has a reverse osmosis system at his house, so I can fill up jugs for her there. Our next big purchase will be one though!
- No wheat. I’ve decided not to give Hannah wheat. For starters, it’s genetically modified and there’s lots of controversy surrounding its’ health benefit anyway. So…until I make up my mind officially, she won’t be eating wheat.
- No sugar. I think this one is obvious, but I prefer for her to eat naturally sweet foods (fruit), at least until her first birthday!
- No dairy. Eventually I’ll be okay with giving her a little plain, whole milk, organic yogurt, but for now…I just don’t think it’s something she NEEDS.
- Meat. I’m okay with giving her meat as long as it is the BEST meat. Grass-fed, pastured, local (if possible), organic…that sort of thing.
- Eggs. Again, I am more than okay with giving her eggs, but pastured/organic eggs only!
- No fast food. I don’t care if every other child experiences McDonalds…Hannah doesn’t need to be one of them. We don’t eat it, so why should she? I just don’t see when the opportunity would present itself anyway.
- If it’s from a box, it probably won’t end up in her mouth. Chips, cookies, crackers, etc. Not for Hannah.
QUESTION: How do/did you feel about feeding your little one? Do you have any “food rules” for baby? Do you find others pushing foods that you do not want to give him/her? Just curious!!