Readers Ask : part 6

Starryphate asked:
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!

Jen asked:
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!

Rachel asked:
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!

About Donielle

Donielle is an amateur herbalist and natural momma to two littles (with another babe in heaven) after dealing with being less than fertile. She has a passion for nourishing nutrition, natural living, and spreading the word on how food truly affects our health.


  1. Why don't you allow your children to drink pasteurized milk? What's the story on that? I am still breastfeeding my son so we haven't started drinking milk. Curious about that.

    Also, what food changes made you see a difference in your child? These are helpful to moms of young children just starting to eat *real* food. :)


  2. Dana – We only drink raw milk straight from the farm. The reason we started doing so is two fold. One – my son couldn't tolerate cows milk so we had to get goats milk for him. In doing so I did a LOT of research and found that raw is superior to pasteurized. Two – now that we drink raw milk both my husband (who before could not drink it) and my son can rink both cow and goat milk as long as its raw. Pasteurized milk gives them both stomach upset.

    As to the changes I see in my son when he eats a lot of processed foods – I notice he gets sicker a lot quicker (like last year when I was pregnant and not up for cooking as much I bought more convenience foods) and his behavior also changes as well. When he has to much flour or refined sugars he tends to get a bit more hyper and also, how do I say this, naughty. Like he doesn't listen worth a toot, doesn't know what to do with himself, and basically doesn't concentrate well at all. A little bit is fine, but to much and we see the differences. (and this is minus the behavioral issues we see due to being over tired or spending a day at grandparents, etc.)

    And I'll have a series starting in a couple of weeks on my other blog about feeding newborns and infants!

  3. Thanks for all the input on healthy eating. I like the 80/20 rule. It is definitely hard to eat healthy 100% of the time.

    What do you recommend for snacks at school?


  4. Hmmm, snacks at school. I'd say lots of fruit and veggies. Dried fruits are good, nuts, some nice homemade granola bars or mini muffins. Hard boiled eggs, cups of yogurt or applesauce. Cheese. Fruit leather.