We all have regrets. We have moments of clarity, when we are forced to admit that our previous decisions were wrong ones, or at least could have been significantly better with the installation of proper information. I have alot of these “if I had known then” moments in regards to food and nutrition. I’m sure we all do.
If you are a new parent, or will be eventually, here are my words of wisdom and my sincerest regrets in regards to childhood nutrition, and what I wish I would have known when I was in the throes of baby and toddler care.
I really wish I would have known how bad infant formula is. If I could go back, I would have breastfed all of my children until they were 12-18 months (I only did 6-7 months), and then just given them water. It’s unfair how we are fed false information that impacts the health of our children just so individuals, groups, and conglomerates that we will never know personally can make an extra buck. Ditto for jarred baby food. Just mash an organic banana, avocado, or roasted yam!
I wish I would have known more about soy. There is a massive difference between unfermented and fermented soy products. (Fermented soy, such as miso and tempeh=good, unfermented soy, such as soy formula and soy milk=not as good.)
I would have never given my children the choice between one food and another. I have three children, and two of them are the very definition of picky. I unwittingly allowed them to have a choice in whether or not to consume foods that I prepared, and I definitely regret this move.
I would have liked to have known earlier that many common childhood afflictions (such as ear infections, eczema, and teething) can be soothed naturally and effectively, and that different foods can make a huge impact on the health of a child with one or more of these ailments. (Dairy is very synonymous with ear infections, eczema, stunted growth, etc)
Instead of using pain reliever for teething and laxatives for constipation, why didn’t I realize that food could do a much safer job of alleviating these symptoms/afflictions? (More water + lotsa veggies and dried fruit for constipation; various spices and other anti-inflammatory foods and cold compresses for teething, etc.)
Oh, well. Woulda, coulda, shoulda, right? What’s done is done, and at least I know now. For those of you who have not had children yet, perhaps you can begin your venture into parenthood a little more educated about these topics than I did.
Does anybody else who has already had children have anything to add to my list? I would love to hear from you.