ME ON MONDAY (FEEDING HIM). 5 Jun 2012
Before I had a child, I always imagined that I would be kinda stringent with what I allowed my kid to eat. I thought that I wouldn't feed my baby meat or dairy. Growing up, my own mother didn't allow me to have "junk food" or soda. She rarely prepared red meat and we drank milk with every meal. Nowdays, I still rarely eat read meat and I never drink milk except for the occasional latte that I have with something other than soy or almond milk.
I definitely have my own eating rituals, and like everyone else, I've gone through numerous food phases over the years. I continue to dabble in and out of dairy (I love cheese and yogurt) and I've been mostly vegetarian since childhood, although I do have some animal protein here and there when I want/need it. I had a real "thing" for bone marrow when I was pregnant, which I now find totally gross. I love fish. I consider myself a lean, local and seasonal kinda girl (that's my other baby, Lithe Foods) and I've never been one to totally "type" myself. I like eating whole, healthy foods and I also like indulging on the weekends. That pretty much sums me up.
Now that my Mars has some teeth and is eating everything within arms reach, I have the job of helping him choose what he eats. It hasn't been too difficult for me and I'm always surprised when people are so shocked that Mars isn't a vegan, gluten-free, whole-grain-free or a dairy-free baby. I'm having such a great time introducing him to veggies, steak, Lithe's Smoothie's (pictured above), cheese, beans, french fries and pork. I love watching his face and hearing him go, "mmm" when he tries something new.
My good friend and night-nurse, Carol Dougherty, recently asked me if I was going to let Mars drink cow's milk when he is done with formula in another two months. She was surprised to hear that I would be raising him on Cow's Milk (I'll buy horomone-free). He'll probably also have Coconut Milk, Almond Milk, Soy Milk and Hemp. I'm letting him taste the world and he'll decide what he's into when he's old enough. My only standard is that he eats mostly organic foods and drinks Lithe's fresh-pressed juices (yes, unpasturized) instead of the store-bought kind.
What do you mom's feed your mini me's? I'd love to hear if you're currently raising or raised your babies based on your own diet, or if you are doing/did something completley different?
Image of Mars drinking Lithe's Summer Recovery Smoothie and smiling after lunch.