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  1. 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, peaches...you 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. Suppositories...no. 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?
  2. 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*
  3. 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...
  4. So I had my first kombucha explosion on Thursday night. Thankfully no one was in the room...it 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...).
  5. @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?
  6. Looks like my experiment is working! There are a bunch of little spots of baby SCOBY floating around on the surface of my kombucha!
  7. 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.
  8. 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!
  9. 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 piece...it's harder to do than you'd think.
  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.
  16. MrsStick

    The crazy things people say

    How will your baby get enough nutrition/calcium/iron without rice cereal? Won't your baby have more allergies if you don't eat [x] while you're pregnant? Yep. Nope. Stop trying to make me feel like I'm somehow doing bad things to my future child by only eaten gluten-free grains once per day when I'm not on a Whole 30. Trust that I know what makes my body feel good and, therefore, make my baby feel good.
  17. My two batches have been sitting untouched since Memorial Day weekend...I checked on them yesterday and the SCOBYs are 2-3 INCHES thick! I am quite impressed. Now to get over the morning sickness aversion and take care of them...
  18. MrsStick

    The crazy things people say

    I...would die. Not even kidding. And my only activity is walking to and from work (15 minutes uphill each way).
  19. MrsStick

    The crazy things people say

    That goes perfectly with the "carb free" chocolate cake with raspberries and whipped cream a friend made a while ago...she meant gluten free. *sigh*
  20. MrsStick

    The crazy things people say

    That's like the time my friend told me about her "detox" thing where she's spending several hundreds of dollars to drink this proprietary drink and suck on these fiber candies instead of eating for 4-6 days per month. She then raved about how she's lost and kept off 10 lbs since starting it in January...and I just wanted to scream at her that it's because she's cutting out all food for 4-6 days per month. You know, like how you lose the same amount of weight when you get a stomach bug and can't eat anything for that long so you just...wait...drink something and maybe suck on a hard candy...
  21. MrsStick

    The crazy things people say

    Yesterday I had a friend over for Easter dinner with my husband and I. She brought the ingredients to make a fruit and yogurt parfait (I'm not on a Whole 30 and cultured dairy works for me). She assembled this beautiful parfait out of vanilla yogurt, fresh straw/rasp/blueberries, and granola. Hubby looks at it and says "I think it needs some honey to make it sweet." My jaw about hit the floor - the yogurt was sweetened, the granola was sweetened, and the fresh berries would be sweet naturally! Why would it need to be more sweet? I said as lovingly as I could that I'm sure it would be perfect how it was, only to have my friend (very SAD diet trying to be "healthy") ask if we had any honey. I avoided said honey as much as possible and it was perfect without it. Thanks, hubster!
  22. MrsStick

    The crazy things people say

    Emily - you can still have Mexican! Order fajitas and just don't eat the non-compliant bits (cheese, sour cream, beans, rice, tortillas) and enjoy the rest.
  23. MrsStick

    The crazy things people say

    My husband's boss is a militant veg*n. She basically makes everyone who works for her watch "Forks Over Knives" - she obviously *can't* make them but she, well, highly recommends it. I got mad when I saw the DVD on my husband's nightstand on Friday. We're watching it now...so far I've had to laugh several times: - "eating cholesterol makes your blood cholesterol rise!" Riiiiiiiiiight... - "aflatoxin exposure when mixed with a casein-rich diet in rats causes liver cancer!" Wait, so you're telling me that I should use peanuts for my protein in this whole movie...but peanuts are one of the most easily-contaminated foods. - "people living in Kenya in the 1970s have lower rates of cancer than in the US in the same period!" Um...did you control for ANYTHING else? Say, genetic differences, or the fact that in the US we had a longer life expectancy? - "during WWII when the Norweigans were forced to eat a plant-based diet their rates of heart disease plummeted!" Wait...it was during the world war...when the men who were able to fight were fighting and dying of that, not of natural causes? The whole point of this is that they aren't separating the different types of foods. The experiments they're using to link protein to cancer uses casein protein, not a whole food version. Nor are they separating the idea of meat being the issue vs. dairy being the issue vs. processed food being the issue. They keep lumping "meat and processed food" in the same breath EVERY TIME. And now this guy is trying to say that there's enough protein in a serving of rice to keep people healthy. At least hubby is laughing right along with me. I've got a good one.
  24. I like it! Sabrina and Josephine. Hubby is drinking some of the kombucha too - this new flavor we can both drink straight which makes me happy. He doesn't drink it during the week but helps out so to speak over the weekends. I might have to get another fliptop bottle so I can make more at a time...or maybe not...decisions decisions! Has anyone used kombucha to help their plants? I've got a couple of pots on my windowsill and the soil isn't that great. I'm wondering if the bacteria/yeasts in the booch would help colonize the soil and make it richer...off to research...
  25. I've been having consistent fizz/bubble over during burping with a combination of frozen blueberries and orange/blood orange juice. I lost half of one of my bigger bottles that way, but I've gotten better at quickly recovering the bottleneck to keep from losing all my precious booch. I have to set up a hotel soon, I've got 3 1/4" thick SCOBYs that are making me a bit too much right now...