Is your family only allowed to eat healthy?
I wish I could enact that much control in my house, but it’s just not feasible. I buy mostly whole foods and make things from scratch, but there are a few things that my husband enjoys having in the house, like chips. There are also times when food is given to us or we are invited to a friends or family members house for dinner, and I receive it as a blessing. I feel that sometimes it is best to overlook my passion for health food when it would hurt someones feelings. All in all I try to follow the 80/20 rule. Basically trying to eat healthy 80% of the time, although I do strive for more like 90% when I’m trying to conceive or while I’m pregnant..
Starryphate also asked:
Do you ever eat out at restaurants and order something greasy like a cheeseburger?
Yes and no. I got sick off a fast food hamburger once so I just can’t get myself to eat a burger from a place with no waiters! But I also love the bbq burger at famous dave’s, though I’ve only been there about once a year. And we do eat out every once in awhile. More so lately than I’d like to admit, and it’s all my fault for not taking things out of the freezer when I need them so we end up picking up food on the way home. I do try and keep eating out to a once a month occasion though!
How do you handle grandparents, etc. that want to feed your child not-so-good food?
That’s a tough one. And it depends on what’s being offered and what he’s had to eat lately. If he’s been eating at home for the last week and hasn’t had any junk, a cookie or crackers from grandma is okay. Do I like it? Not really, but again we’re looking at the grand scheme of things and the 80/20 rule. There are some things that are an ‘absolutely not’ in my book though. Fake juices like sunny d and koolaid as well as any pasteurized milk. There are also somethings that I know he’d be sensitive too (products with lots of coloring/flavoring/preservatives) so I pull out the “he has a food sensitivity to it” phrase. I don’t mind telling people what he can and can’t eat. Especially now that I can actually see a difference in him when he eats certain things. I figure it’s my kid, I can decide what he eats!
When eating out, what do you try to feed your little one? (what do you choose/look for on the menu?)
Again, this may be more difficult as he gets older and learns to read a menu himself, but for now, I try to pick grilled vs. fried and choose a fruit or veggie side for him instead of fries. It also helps that he’s small enough and restaurant servings are large enough, that I normally just share my food with him when it’s a sit down restaurant. I also only get him water to drink while we’re out. As he gets older this may become more of an issue for us, but then again we don’t eat out often!
reprehriestless warillever asked:
How do you handle food on long trips – pack meals or buy carefully along the way?
My goal is to do both. I pack a lot of our own snacks (granola bars, fruit, trail mixes, etc.) and last time I traveled I also brought along things for breakfast since that seems to be the hardest meal to eat healthfully while out. Personally I would recommend bringing quick meals with you if you have a way to keep them cold. Even if it’s just for the first couple of days (a cooler w/ ice will normally be okay for the first night at least) Things like deviled eggs, cheese, and yogurt. If we ever went traveling for more than a day or two I’d also bring along some bread and peanut butter and jelly. A PB&J on homemade bread is healthier than Micky D’s for sure!