|Hummus and Crackers|
This is a quick recap on lessons I learned along the way and my thoughts/feelings on BLW. As I'm sure you know already, I'm a big fan.
|Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup|
A few examples...
- I enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables, always have... but Kevin does not. For a while I didn't buy many (especially during the winter when they are super expensive) because I could only eat them so fast and I hated throwing food away. Now I buy lots of fresh fruits and veggies both for myself and for Kennedy. What I don't plan to eat in a day or two, I wash, slice and freeze on a cookie tray. There are always fresh or frozen fruits and veggies available for us to snack on now. And I am encouraging Kevin to pick up this habit. Slowly but sure;y, it seems to be working.
- I find myself reading labels, researching and asking questions about my food more than ever. When I shop, I prefer the farmer's market. This time of year, my choices at the market are limited so I try to choose wisely at the grocery store. We are just not able to afford 100% organic, so I focus on the "dirty dozen" when I choose what to buy organic and what to buy regular. Learn more about the dirty dozen here
- I have always tried to bake or grill my meats, but on occasion (usually when I am running short on time) I will toss it in a sautee pan for a quickie meal. Now I take the time to bake it because I know it is much better for all of us.
- I have traded in the margarine or fake butter for coconut oil or real butter. I cook everything in coconut oil and use real butter only when needed for flavor. No more fake stuff. Ever. When I actually stopped to think about how I had slacked off in this department and fallen victim to convenience and price, I was pretty annoyed at myself. We have a great farmer's market that sells real butter... why was I buying that other junk anyway?
- I find myself experimenting more with spices and seasonings and cutting back on the salt. Salt is not necessary in her diet and it really isn't necessary in ours either.
- Kevin and I are admittedly cheese-aholics. Rarely do we have a meal without cheese. Unless I wanted to turn my super pooper into a once a month pooper (NOT a good thing), then I knew we needed to cut back on our beloved cheese. We could never cut it out completely and it is good for baby girl to have some... but we are making a conscious effort to keep our cheese addiction in check.
|Biscuits with Blackberry Jam|
- No baby food. That stuff is nasty anyway. Did you know that one 8oz jar of bananas contains more sugar than a Mountain Dew? Yuck. And mushy ham, peas and potatoes? Seriously? Blech.
- Family dinners can be enjoyed by the whole family. At the same time. Mommy feeds mommy. Daddy feeds daddy. Baby feeds baby (and sometimes baby feeds the dog, but that's ok). It's a beautiful thing.
- Dining out is easier. No need to lug around baby food, then figure out how to warm it up (because IF you are going to feed your baby mushed up ham, peas and potatoes, at least make it hot). Then when your meal comes you can actually eat, rather than feed the baby while your meal gets cold. You just order and give your baby some of your food. Once they are eating enough, order them a child's plate. Done.
- Less mess... well... sort of. The kitchen may be messier, the baby may be messier, but at least you're not trying to shove spoonful after spoonful of mushy mess into their mouth only to have it (so kindly) returned back to you.
- Watching them figure out this whole eating thing is just so very cool. Really. It's amazing how smart they are and how much they know about themselves and their bodies already. They eat what they want, they stop when they are full, they learn how to chew and swallow very quickly. We truly don't give them enough credit. :)