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    Reintroduction With Toddler?

    If she's happy and enjoying eating this way is there a reason you need to reintroduce those foods? Maybe you could just continue eating that way for her and when she's a bit older try introducing them. In my son's case I did notice when I let him have cookies at Christmas he was very whiny and irritable. He was 22 months then.
  2. As I mentioned earlier in this thread my son had a milk allergy. This past January he passed his allergy test showing he has outgrown milk. I have tried some cows milk with him just to see how he reacts. He doesn't really care for it and it seems to give him GI issues. I mentioned this to his Ped last week at his 2 yo appointment (this is a new Ped from the one we saw before) and she also just said no worries cow's milk isn't necessary. Interesting to me that 2 separate peds (at two different practices) have said this. I wonder if the tides are changing in the medical community (which is great!). As for the fat, there are lots of ways to get the fats a toddler brain needs. Some I use: olive oil, coconut oil, fish/sardines, grass fed beef, duck fat, avocado all of those are good heathy fats that toddlers can enjoy to get the fats they need without milk
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    Whole30 with toddlers.

    Another thing that helps me is that I try to think of the things I make him and his meals as "exposures" whether he eats the food or not. He's currently in a phase where he is less than enthused about most of the veggies I give him, and usually doesn't eat them if they aren't peas, olives, or sweet potatoes. But I still continue to put whatever other veggies I have made on his place and in his lunch. Even if he doesn't touch it, I think of it like, it's still teaching him that this food is a food we eat in our family, whether he chooses to eat it or not. I make an effort to never make a big deal about whether he eats. I choose the food I give him, he chooses whether and how much he eats. Some meals he chooses not to eat very much, but as my aunt always used to say, "hunger makes a good chef" and it's true, he's usually more open to foods at the next meal when he's hungry. Sometimes it is frustrating when I spend the time to make meals for him and he doesn't eat it or only picks out and eats one food group, but again, it really helps me to be less stressed about it by reminding myself that even if he doesn't take a bite, the more times he sees it on this plate, the more likely it is that eventually he will decide to give it a try and maybe even like it!
  4. keightlynn

    Whole30 with toddlers.

    The great thing about them being so young is that if you stick with this way of eating they will adapt and not remember any other way if eating. All toddlers are prone to some degree of pickiness, but parents who feed their children exclusively junk and processed snacks STILL have issues with getting their toddler to eat, so I think if you can get them used to it, you will be doing yourself and them a big favor. Also remember that young kids don't have our food baggage. My husband and I like to watch this series about native Alaskans and I was struck my one scene where the little girl was so excited when her dad brought home seal blubber to eat. She was just as happy as your average kid if dad brought home a box of cookies. It made me realize how much WE teach our kids about food emotions. That little girl wasn't deprived, she just hand different (better) favorite foods. My son is 2 and sometimes when I make his lunches I feel that pull that I should put something "enjoyable" in his lunch because I look at it and think it's not something I would be excited about. But then I remind myself that he doesn't have my baggage and doesn't see his lunch as "missing a treat" like I see mine. The other day he happily ate sardines & peas for breakfast. To me because of my own issues, I would have to force myself to eat that and not be happy, but he loves sardines so he saw it as a great breakfast. Youre doing a great thing for your kids and it will be tough but try to remember that they will adapt much easier than you.
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    Can I change my carb-loving teen daughter?

    With a 14 yo girl I have to agree with PP it's a very sensitive age for diet and body issues. I think the best thing you can do with that age is provide the healthy options, not make any big deal about it, and be a good example yourself. When she sees your success she may want to start eating that way to, but it needs to be all her choice. I was slightly chubby around that age and then became anorexic. If she is at all overweight (or even if she isn't ) you can bet at that age she is very aware of it.
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    Daycare advice

    Thanks for the insight Whole_kat. That's exactly my concern and especially since he has allergies that they will just give him the easiest "safe" foods, which would likely be plain processed carbs like bread and crackers.
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    Daycare advice

    Just wanted to update once more that after a couple days back on his normal eating, he was right back to his normal happy, even-tempered self. I really do believe what kids eat has a big impact on behavior, especially when they are little and don't understand the reasons for their emotions yet.
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    Daycare advice

    the military base daycares are just super rigid about food. In fact my son does have severe food allergies to eggs, dairy, soy, and peanuts. But they won't budge at all. They say they will accommodate and cook him safe foods but 1) I don't trust someone else to be as careful as I am and 2) I think their "safe" foods will be super unhealthy. It's a frustrating situation and I wish we didn't have to move from our current daycare. It's full time but I'm going to visit again and talk to the director at the one that does allow me to bring food.
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    Daycare advice

    Well these past few days have confirmed my feelings on not compromising over daycare food. Being the holidays I allowed my son to enjoy some holiday treats. I'm sure he probably still had way less junk than a normal toddler eats in a day, but he got a few homemade cookies, animal crackers and several candy canes (this was his first time having any of those). His behavior has been totally out of his norm and more like the classic "terrible twos" with whining and irritable. It's not from the holiday excitement because it's just me and his dad at home so nothing too out of the norm, aside from the sugar. This definitely confirms to me that his healthy diet plays a big role in his normally good behavior.
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    Daycare advice

    I need some advice from people who share my food worldview (because others, husband included, think I'm crazy). My son is almost 2, and we will be moving to another area in a few months shortly after his second birthday. His current daycare is overall great, and allows me the bring all of his food in for him. My LO is an amazing eater, and enjoys veggies, meat, fish, fruits. He happily eats sardines, kimchee, olives, kale, etc. People always comment on how smart and strong he is, and I truly attribute this in large part to his diet. Anyway, in the town we are moving to, I basically have to viable options. One is the base (Army) daycare & the other one is a civilian one off post. The civilian one has a lot of things I do like about it, and they will allow me to bring his lunch with a doctors note (which I can get). However, philosophically, I disagree with the academic approach they take. They teach the 2 year olds to write their names and have computer time, both of which I dont agree with. I don't believe in screen time or early accademics. I'm sure I could tell them not to allow him on the computer but it's in the room so he would still be seeing the other kids use it &I want to watch. The base daycare doesn't push the academics or computers, but absolutely will not allow me to bring food, even with a doctors note. They will just "make the accommodations" themselves. They follow the USDA nutrition guidelines which we all know are absolute crap. Nanny or home daycare are not options for a number of reasons that I won't get into here, but i would like some advice on your thoughts. My husband thinks I should put philosophy above food, and I do also feel strongly about philosophy. However I feel like I why did I devote so much time for 2 years teaching him to appreciate healthy food, so I can send him somewhere that considers pizza a vegetable.
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    Thyroid and Vegetables

    Hmmm I've never heard that before about those vegetables. My son is hypothyroid and the only thing his endo has ever told us to avoid is soy.
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    Do your cave babies eat a ton of food?

    I think maybe he was just overexcited (we had company) because today he seemed back to playing with his food with he was full lol. I guess moms worry all the time, most of my friends worry because their toddlers never eat, so I suppose you can't win either way. I also realize that he was doing his sign language for "more" when he meant other things as well, but I thought he meant he was hungry, but he apparently thinks it means more of anything.
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    Do your cave babies eat a ton of food?

    I'm still feeling unsure about this. Even though he eats only healthy foods, it still seems like he ALWAYS wants to eat more and will basically keep wanting to eat. Last night he ended up making himself sick and throwing up. I don't know how to strike the balance between teaching him proper portions but also not overly limiting his food if he really is hungry.
  14. My son (15 months) is allergic to milk and soy. His dr, allergist, and nutritionist all said he doesn't need milk. He does still have a bit of hypoallergenic formula because he likes it, but they said as long as he is eating a balanced diet then he doesn't even need that. His ped actually told me "no other species drinks another mammals milk." Just make sure you have solid dietary sources of calcium and Vit D or give them a multivitamin.
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    Do your cave babies eat a ton of food?

    I've been working on teaching him the signs for "more" and "all done" so I can know better what he wants. He now does the sign for "more", so that helps me feel confident that I am not "over stuffing" him but just allowing him to eat until he is full.