I came into my healthy living lifestyle rather late. I was in my late 20’s and was desperate to heal my guts and repair my health. Once I learned of all of the ways our digestion and immunity can be influenced, I couldn’t simply unlearn it.
Once I was pregnant with my first child, I vowed to pay attention to her digestive system. To her skin, and to her overall well-being. I knew she would be far too young to understand and communicate any signs of discomfort or any symptoms of dis-ease so it was up to me to tune in for her.
I started solids with her slowly. And we took many breaks once we did. I paid attention to signs of struggle, the color, shape, and texture of her bowel movements and how frequent they were. The pace I preceded with in our journey was directly related to what her body was telling me. I really understood how this small, amazing being was functioning at a biological level and I’ve got to admit, I was proud. And I never felt happier to know so much about poop and how keep our guts happy and healthy.
I started giving her vitamin D3 drops as a newborn. We started using probiotics a few months in. And we started using wonderful omega 3 fish oils as soon as we started solids.
Many of you followed Eliana’s journey as she began to eat food and sip on smoothies. You know as well as I do that she would eat absolutely anything and everything. It was an absolute pleasure coming up with meals for her because she loved everything I came up with. My food creativity shot through the roof at this time. I was always thankful and never allowed myself to get on a high horse over it since I knew toddlerhood was just around the corner. Cue about 16-18 months. Like many toddlers, she turned to mostly fruit and starchy carbs for fuel. We stayed here for about a year until she started to come around to some whole foods that she used to devour without hesitation. It’s a slow process but I’ll take any progress as a win. Exposure is key so don’t give up. Keep offering that damn red bell pepper even though you are convinced they will say no. One day, just one day, they might take a bite. And even if they don’t, you can never say you didn’t try. I know it’s frustrating as anything but keep your heads up.
If you are also in my trenches with a selective little eater, I’d highly consider trying out a superfood powder like this Fermented Organic Gut Superfoods+ Kids powder by Genuine Health and Joyous Health. It’s packed with 22 whole food superfoods and prebiotics in every scoop. It really takes the worry down a gazillion notches. It’s a grape flavoured powder that can be added to water but I will not lie, I’ve only ever had luck with adding it to smoothies. It’s the only way she will take it so it’s how we roll.
Here’s our current go-to Superfood Smoothie recipe:
1 cup frozen tropical fruit blend
1 cup spinach or kale
1/8 cup hemp hearts
1 scoop of the Fermented Organic Gut Superfoods Kids powder
1.5-2 cups water or milk of choice
Another product from this Genuine Health-y Kids line is the Omega 3 Kids +D3 fish oil. Fish oils are something I aim to supplement the whole family with every single day. It’s important for so many crucial things like brain development, nerve health, and the maintenance of our teeth and bones. I also find it helps keep babies and children’s guts very regular and happy. This is why I loved supplementing it with starting solids. Switching from a liquid diet to eating some solids is a lot of change for a tiny digestive system. Constipation will likely happen in the beginning but I found omega 3 oils to be a wonderful aid here. My only issue with fish oils, this one included is that they need to be refrigerated to avoid going rancid. I just happen to forget about it sometimes since it’s not in plain sight.
The Advanced Gut Health Probiotic Kids were by far the easiest supplement to offer Eliana. It’s a lemon flavoured chewable and nothing is easier to offer a kid than a probiotic that looks like candy. A huge bonus is that it doesn’t need to be refrigerated. The price point on these is also quite friendly compared to other quality probiotics we’ve tried so I’d definitely stick with these going forward for sure.
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I am all for getting as much as we need first and foremost from our diets. But the reality is that supplements do help to fill in the gaps, especially for toddlers who think blueberries and toast are all they need to live a bountiful life with no issues. There’s no shame in covering all of our bases. There’s no weakness behind seeking support from supplements. They exist to help us live our best lives. Do you agree?