In December we went to visit a holistic doctor recommended by our cousin, for Caleb. (We had already tried multiple docs/allergy testing/so on before this point without any answers).
We knew it would be a good chunk of change, an investment of time and a change in our diets... but we never figured we'd turn into "those people"... those "heathy/clean eating goofballs" as we have often titled others while we munched on our chocolate bars and made weekly fast food visits. :)
I'll post more later about our experiences with this doctor and the changes caleb and adam have made, later... but if we have gotten ANYTHING out of this whole experience, its been such great knowledge about food and what we should & should not be putting in our bodies... and opened our eyes to the importance of what we feed our children. What we start feeding our children now, while they are young, can MAJORLY impact their lives.
Now, that being said, I will tell you I still eat my chips and dip on occasion, and have yet to give up my daily chocolate/latte consumption. I'm taking one step at a time. But as a family we are taking STRIDES towards eating healthier. For example, we have always been known to have a FULL stock of any soda-pop in our home... we LOVE pop. But we have now switched to drinking Zevia instead... which has no sugar or calories and is sweetened with stevia, instead of sugar, aspertame and sucralose which can be super damaging to your bodies. We drink a lot more water, and save calories this way. You won't believe how many calories you intake by liquids in a day. Another baby step we are making is eating out WAY less, its probably been a month or two since we've gone to a fast food restaurant, and we are making wholesome, clean and healthy meals at least 4x a week. heck, I... Katie Wallschlaeger, made my own chicken stock with a full organic chicken and chicken feet... UGH! i still shudder at the thought, but the benefits you get from making your own broth are outstanding. Check out this blog http://kellythekitchenkop.com/ and search chicken broth if you want to learn more about it.
To give you an idea, here is a sample of what we feed Caleb on a given day:
-scrambled eggs (cage-free/organic), with cheddar cheese, spinach, broccoli
-plain unsweetened kefir mixed with pureed carrots/cauliflower/pear (currently we are giving caleb supplements/vitamins so we need an item each meal pureed to mix them in)
LUNCH -whole milk (organic)
-antibiotic free/organic deli Turkey (we buy applegate brand at target)
-Ezekiel bread toasted with real organic butter and avacado (he wont eat avacado plain so i spread it on his bread)
-pureed carrots/green beans and berry
-blueberries (organic if on sale, otherwise cleaned well)
DINNER -whole milk (organic)
-creamy italian chicken (made with my own chicken stock and homemade cream of celery soup)
recipe from: http://onceamonthmom.com/slow-cooker-creamy-italian-chicken/
-plain kefir/sweet potatoe and apple puree
-we also offer water throughout the day