Monday, April 19, 2010

Giving the word DIET... a whole new meaning.

With all my efforts over the years to shed a few pounds, never has the word "diet" come into play. I like to call it "healthy" eating. And I like to think of it as a life style, not a fad.

But all of a sudden "diet" has taken on a new meaning in my life. The nutritional diet for my baby. If someone asked me, right now, the single most stressful thing about parenting - I'd say FEEDING your baby. (Ask me again in 2 years I'm sure I'll have long forgotten about this!).

When Andrew was itty bitty and getting all his nutrition from breastmilk/formula - I stressed stress about how often to feed him and how much to feed him. And now that he's on to solids and milk, I worry that he's not getting a well rounded and balanced nutrition.

Right now, his diet mostly consists of...
- Blueberry muffins, whole wheat toast, cereal/Nutragrain bars and puffs (of all kinds - he's not picky!).
- Bananas, grapes, pears, peaches and blueberries (the occasional strawberry).
- Milk and yogurt.

Notice the lack of vegetables?!? Notice the lack of protein?!?

I'm constantly stocking up on new "experimental" items - whole wheat waffles, cheese filled raviolis, garden burgers, edamame, green beans, tomatoes, zucchini, apple sauce, oatmeal, mushrooms, watermelon, pot stickers, soup, noodles/pasta of any kind, mac n' cheese, grilled cheese, quesadillas,beans, etc., etc., etc.

The knowledge that everything we're putting into his mouth right now... is helping develop his mind and grow his body... there's a lot of pressure in that. I always knew that having a well balanced diet would be hard to achieve, but I never knew that I would be so consumed with the thought of it.

3 comments:

c said...

I'm a nanny now to a little girl right around Andrew's age. Her diet is fairly similar. She dislikes most vegetables and makes this totally disgusted face if you try and get her to eat any!

Don't forget there is protein in dairy products! The little girl I watch loves cheese cut up in small cubes.

CHarris said...

Don't stress Allison! Reilly's diet sounds the same as Andrews ;-)

Shelly C. said...

Sounds like here. The only veggie Alex will eat is squash. But he'll eat fruit till the cows come home! You're doing great. At least he's not one of those kids that only eats one thing...like hot dogs or something.

He'll be fine...promise! :)