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  1. MrsStick

    Baby Led Weaning

    My son definitely likes his food to have flavor. Plain mashed potatoes...not so much. Mix in some of the roast beef drippings...much better. He eats taco meat and sloppy joes (the Well Fed weeknights recipe is SO AMAZING) without any issue, pesto sauce will get him to eat more than without it. One other thing...the doctor is also very overweight/probably obese, if not morbidly so, and that's probably also a consideration in his food advice. *sigh*
  2. MrsStick

    Baby Led Weaning

    The doctor is older. I'll be seeing him again later this week and am just not going to bother mentioning food (and if he asks I'll just say what little Twig's favorite foods are and not bother asking any questions). I've been working with my little guy and things are much better now. I'm about to stop with apple juice becasue he isn't really drinking it (I have to throw away mostly-full sippy cups because the juice smells off) and just offer water. He hasn't gone through 4 oz of liquid in a week so far, so I don't think the water thing is really a worry. He does like applesauce, so I give him that to help him keep pooping and poops are much less of a significant emotional event. Right now he's teething so apple fingers have been great - he can hold them and they're softer on his gums. He loves LOVES LOVES cherry tomatoes (in pieces that he can pick up and put in his mouth). If I give him as many of those as he wants he'd probably eat 8-10 every day at lunch. He enjoyed gingered zucchini soup. He LOVED tuna salad. Dill pickles are a pretty big hit. Gnocchi with pesto sauce and mashed sweet potato with ghee/salt/cinnamon were GONE in minutes. We do occasionally give gluten free grains if it's what we're having with a meal (and I'll admit to using Cheerios on occasion) but...when people say their kid doesn't eat anything other than these five things I just don't get it. I feed my kid food that I eat and sometimes he doesn't like it. But he eats his veggies, he likes some fruits, and he about threw a fit when we were out of tuna salad for lunch. Feed kids food, kids eat food. Now to figure out planning for when my pescitarian sister and her family come for a visit...
  3. So I had my first kombucha explosion on Thursday night. Thankfully no one was in the was around 10 at night and hubby and I heard a pop then glass tinkling. That took 45 minutes of cleaning before we could go to bed. What bottles do you guys use for your second ferment? I'm in the market (especially if they can be bought online...).
  4. @purplepadres how much of the flavoring did you use? I'm planning to try to recreate an apple cider booch I bought commercially but am not sure how much juice I should add vs. the spices. Did you use a cinnamon stick? Do you think it could be reused for more than one batch if you did?
  5. Looks like my experiment is working! There are a bunch of little spots of baby SCOBY floating around on the surface of my kombucha!
  6. I'm going crazy and am trying to make kombucha with two baby SCOBYs that had formed in my flavored booch I'd bought a couple weeks ago (apple cider flavored). I don't know if it'll work or not but I could clearly see both the bacteria and yeasts in the little babies so I decided I'd try it. I'll let you know in a couple of weeks if it works.
  7. You can use green tea for kombucha though! I usually do a mix of black and green because I'm not a super huge fan of the flavor of black tea. You can even use plain white tea for a more delicate flavor (you can't let it ferment as long with lighter teas if I recall correctly because there are fewer tannins for the SCOBY to digest) but I haven't found plain white, just flavored whites. As long as there's no flavoring to the tea, you're just fine!
  8. I was there once before! When I first got pregnant I couldn't go near my kombucha without shuddering because of the texture of touching the SCOBY. Three months of kombucha on the counter later I had to rip the SCOBY apart piece by's harder to do than you'd think.
  9. MrsStick

    Baby Led Weaning

    My son had his six month appointment (almost 2 months late thanks to moving and insurance fun) this past week and the doctor...threw me for a loop. I was wondering if anyone has heard these and what thoughts you all think about this. I've been doing baby led weaning with him. We're not strictly W30 or Paleo at home but we eat according to what W30 taught us about our bodies. I have Celiac so the one nonnegotiable is gluten free at home. My son has does awesome with trying foods; the only things he didn't like were ground sausage and a jarred spaghetti sauce that were too spicy. He eats tons of sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, avocado, steamed/roasted veggies, little pieces of meat we're eating, banana, grapes, get the idea. Lots of fruits and veggies, some meat, some fat (that kid loves mayo dip as much as I do, which is saying something), and the occasional grain (mostly white rice when we do have grains). He has a sippy cup of water at the table for when he eats 'people food' because the transition to solids was giving him a little trouble pooping initially. We give him water only when he's eating food, and not a lot. The doctor told us 1. no water until he's a year old - give him apple juice or gatorade if you need to give him a liquid, 2. no meat until he's 9 months old, 3. if he's having trouble pooping give him Karo syrup or [brand] baby suppositories. I understand the thinking behind the no water thing - electrolyte imbalance could be very dangerous for a baby. But he's always eating after a full nursing session and only gets water with meals. So his stomach has milk and food in it - the water won't give him an imbalance in the tiny quanitites he'd get it in. Meat...I can't find anything online about why this might be. My little guy mostly eats fruits and veggies right now but he loves to eat the chicken from chicken salad. Karo syrup...just...I can't. How is needing to give a small child a suppository to get them to poop somehow better than giving them a little bit of water with their meal? What is wrong with us?
  10. Thanks! I'm going to buy the plain this week. They didn't have any at the farmer's market but I can visit the store at some point. They had a lavender flavored bottle that I left in my fridge for two weeks and had to strain out a considerable amount of SCOBY but I didn't know if it would be weakened by the non-tea flavoring so I threw it out. One other note - apple cider flavored booch is AMAZING. They used apple juice + cinnamon + cloves to flavor it. I'm going to play around with it to try to get it right because WHOA MAN was it good.
  11. Have any of you used a bottle of plain kombucha to make a SCOBY? I know it's possible but haven't done it before. I had a good colony going...but then had to move across the Pacific Ocean and wasn't about to try to take it with me. There's a farmer's market in town that has a kombucha brewer there and they do sell plain. Any tips?
  12. I definitely recommend the Paleo Parents website - they have 3 Paleo boys so they've found a lot of stuff out that you can learn from. That said, I currently only have a 3 month old so I can't give you any personal advice.
  13. MrsStick

    The crazy things people say

    You should be able to have fajitas without most of the toppings depending on the oil they use. A sizzling pan of fajita filling with some avocado if you can stand it is a pretty decent meal. Personally I don't usually do that on a Whole 30 because for me tacos/fajitas/etc. have to have dairy to be complete (sour cream mostly but cheese too). But it would probably be okay for you.
  14. I'm pretty caffeine sensitive and don't get the same rush feeling from kombucha that I do from drinking non-herbal tea or coffee. I avoid real tea/coffee like the plague because it makes me very uncomfortable - racing heart, sweaty palms, I can even smell it on my own body. The SCOBY is supposed to digest at least some of the caffeine from the tea. If people think your kombucha is too sweet, do a longer first ferment. I do 1/2 cup sugar in 1/2 gallon tea and go at least 12 or 13 days before I flavor/bottle it. It's much less sweet that way.
  15. MrsStick

    The crazy things people say

    Yep. That's me most of the time. I've had more people comment on what I should/shouldn't be eating/doing/whatever since getting pregnant. It's really awkward when a male coworker who isn't married and has no children of his own comes up to you and starts talking about the side effects/risks of epidurals. Um. You don't have those parts to be able to talk to me about pushing a human out of mine. I didn't ask you. I will make the right decision for me with the help of my doctor and at the right time. I can say all I want at 13 weeks pregnant but the real answer will come when (literally) push comes to shove. I'll have to save your comments about the cereal for later...the next time someone tries to give me the spiel about how it's so great and will make your baby sleep longer (because while sleep is tempting, filling your child up with things they can't digest to get sleep sounds like a TERRIBLE thing to do). Supposedly the doctors here are pretty good about not trying to push you on it if you say absolutely not the first time they bring it up...yay.