Before having my little Monster, certain things used to bother me. Now this is nothing new, things both people, but I remember being told that the little things will be less important once you have a child. I don’t believe this is true for everyone, I still get annoyed at the little things. While others may have welcomed a new tolerance when entering motherhood, I think this bypassed me. Overall I am not easily offended, but I do have my ‘pet-peeves’, some I have mentioned in previous blog posts. They tend to include those who inflict narrow-minded opinions (or judgements) on others, and those who knowingly cause offence but then refuse to take any responsibility. Other annoyances include those who text while driving. Why put your life and others at risk. No message is that important it can’t wait until you have pulled over. And of course those who choose to be glued to their phones in the ‘text neck’ position while walking, or should I say, bumping into people.
As Monster is now progressing to semi-solids I find my advanced qualifications in nutrition coming into their own and preparing carefully thought out meals not only for me but for the little human too. Although since having Monster I find that my nutrition is not great, methinks I will need to pull out the calorie monitoring book again, I have to remember that I was back to my pre-pregnancy weight 6 days after giving birth, I have just gone back to work and we are still adjusting to the ‘new normal’.
Not my Monster but courtesy of another site catering to feeding monsters.
With babies it is very difficult to make them overweight when they are purely feeding on milk; however when they reach the semi-solids and then solids stage, this can shape them for life so this is the time to be careful.
No pressure then!
The recipes which I have been advised upon range from sweet potatoes to singular fruit and vegetables all of which are pureed. This is just the tasting and allergy finding stage, however Monster has been ahead of the game from the start so it is difficult to go slow at times and not give into the ‘run before we can walk mentality’.
One thing I have always found is that everyone has their triggers, and what agrees with one person will not agree with the other. This is the same with babies.
So far everything has been good but given that Monster has always been a formula baby they are getting absolute nutrition with all vitamins and minerals accounted for. Therefore we have to be doubly careful not to focus on a set of fruits or vegetables that revolve around a particular vitamin group for risk of overloading. So far we have found that singular fruits and vegetables are causing some trapped wind and griping pain, so we have been mixing them with formula and serving alongside a rusk or baby rice.
We are finding that multiple fruits or vegetables together seem to be fine and are best served in the morning so Monster can move around a lot during the day to alleviate any trapped wind. The meal before bed is going to continue to be baby rice for the foreseeable as this is very gentle on the stomach.
As with adults, if the child does not agree with something, it could be an allergy which can result in a serious reaction or an intolerance as it is commonly known. With ‘intolerances’ these are easier to treat as it can mean something as simple as trying the food again in 3-6 months’ time when the body has changed. With a more toxic reaction (i.e. problems breathing), this can mean an allergy which means the food would need to be excluded from the diet completely.
I do not believe in fussy children only fussy parents, and it is easy to inflict your opinions on them, they do after all follow your lead. For example, I don’t like mushrooms, so when the time comes I have to be careful not to inflict my opinion on Monster as they will naturally think mushrooms are bad.
The expert opinion for children is to try foods they do not like around 15 times before excluding them. If it is a case that the child does not like the food even after trying it this many times, then they can still change their tastes when they are older. For example, growing up I really did not like jelly and ice cream (children’s parties were great fun), but I have more than made up for it as an adult. I do not know why our taste buds change, perhaps we get used to a taste or perhaps it is because as we get older they dull, either through lifestyle or indulgence (coffee!!!!).
On the subject of dulling taste buds, how much coffee is too much?
I find that my life has taken a turn where I now order teething toys at 3am from Amazon, I also have my favourite coffee shops favourited in my phone maps, for fear if I let the caffeine run out, I might just drop down in a deep sleep, in the middle of a street somewhere and not get back up for at least 10 hours.
There are mixed views on the ‘dangers’ of coffee and the opinions tend to change as time goes on.
Apparently the most sensible approach is two cups of coffee per day, but if you are like me and work long hours, have a Monster or even both, you may need a little more help some days and that is when the quadruple shots come in.
And we have all been there.
During pregnancy the advised amount of caffeine in a day is 200mg. Now this means across all foods and drinks not just coffee or tea. 200mg of caffeine equates to two cups of instant coffee a day and that is it, no cola, no chocolate, no tea, just the coffee and the reason for this imposed limit is because a large quantity of caffeine while pregnant can encourage miscarriages mainly because it does speed up your metabolism and the heart of you and the baby.
If you are a cereal coffee drinker, like me, then when you find out you are pregnant it is best to reduce the intake gradually, rather than go cold turkey. You may also find that by the end of the pregnancy you naturally gravitate away from it, and stick to decaf.
Or if you have a sleepless Monster, then you may find you go back to it even more in which case try and wean yourself off. It is not only the heart that gets affected but you can experience digestive and intestinal distress too.
The same method can be used for everyone else too, the incentives are just a little harder to find especially when there are so many coffee shops around nowadays.
In an article I read recently, according to the University of Michigan Health Service, the stimulating effects of caffeine can start as early as 15 minutes after consumption and last up to 6 hours.
The Mayo Clinic state that consuming more than 500-600 mg of caffeine a day may lead to insomnia, nervousness, restlessness, irritability, an upset stomach, a fast heartbeat and even muscle tremors. Again any cereal coffee drinkers I am sure would have experienced this.
From a nutritional point of view, the intake of caffeine (in any form, not just coffee), is all about portion control. With food, a portion is the size of your fist, so drinks are a but more tricky to assess, so in my view it is best to go small for each drink. Also watch out for syrups and those wonderful added extras we like to put in our coffees. The reason for this is that they can encourage Type II diabetes. Try to limit these to a once or twice a week depending on how much you eat or drink.
Take everything in moderation then there are no food limits!
No Food Limits is coming soon. The idea behind the site is to give everyone assistance with their nutritional needs in quick and easy to follow bullet points, taking into consideration budgets, activity levels, food obstructions, long or erratic working hours and individual triggers. Watch this space.