Thursday, August 30, 2012

You are what you eat

So to continue my theme of eating related posts, I've been thinking a lot about the foods I've been giving H lately. One day I decided to look up just how much sodium a baby is allowed to have per day. It's 200 mg, in case you were wondering. This kind of seemed like a lot to me, until I started reading labels and realized that one slice of bread would put him over the limit. Throw in some cheese? Forget it. I liked to think that I stay away from a lot of processed foods, but this was my wake up call to realize that actually things like store bought bread, tortillas, pita, yeah they're all processed food. And they are FULL of bad stuff like sodium. Now, I'm not about to start making all my foods from scratch, but it's definitely given me a bit of pause when I find myself reaching for pre-made foods for H.

Then, I came across this site itsnotaboutnutrition.squarespace.com . One thing that really stuck with me was the idea that it's not so important what you feed your kids, as it is what you teach your kids about food. I've come across a few pieces of advice on sites such as babycentre, where they suggest adding things like chocolate flavouring to milk if your kid won't drink milk because at least they'll get the nutrients. But all that you're really doing is teaching your kids to like chocolate (not that I have a problem with that) instead of teaching them to like milk. Right now H is really open minded about food, willing to try lots of different things. How do I help him keep that when he starts getting into the 'stubborn, exerting his own will by throwing everything but bread and cheese' on the floor state? I'm trying to expose him to a lot of different flavours and textures, but I'm full expecting that were come a time when he might push back and then what?

And finally, I watched this really interesting Nature of Things on the possible link between bacteria in the gut and autism. Clearly, what we eat and what we feed to the flora in our guts is kind of a big deal. It sure feels like a lot of pressure when you're making those decisions for a helpless baby.

Oh and in case you are wondering, H had crab cakes (made at our local fish monger) for dinner tonight. And I have no idea how much sodium was in them... but at least they were ocean wise.

1 comment:

theRachel said...

I love that your baby eats crab cakes! And so much else!