The second you become a mom there are SO many opinions on what you should and what you shouldn’t do. It’s really unreal. The thing is I think most people mean well. They really do. I’ve found myself saying so many times, “Have you tried this? Or what about this…?” We want to help. We want there to be a magic answer. We want a guaranteed formula to make our kids happy and healthy. Guess what- there’s no magic formula. But we do have common sense!
One of my biggest concerns about a blog like mine is that people may feel guilt for what they are or are not feeding their kids, so I wanted to pull back the curtain and let you guys know my kids eat kid food! Seriously. They ate pizza and apples for lunch. Wait- pizza? With gluten? Think wheat if you are unfamiliar with the term gluten. Yes. Ideally, I’d have a vegetable in there and something a little lighter on gluten, but guys my world is filled with baby doll bottles, meltdowns and lost Thomas the Train characters. We don’t always have time and I am totally okay with that.
My kids aren’t gluten-free and here’s why:
- They don’t have any gluten-intolerant or celiac symptoms
- I want them to be able to eat wheat other places with out getting sick (many people find after eliminating it from their diet (whether it’s an allergy or not) they get sick.
- I want them to enjoy food and fun celebrations like birthdays
- I don’t want them eating junk gluten-free replacements
My kids are gluten-light and here’s why:
- Foods that are full of carbs and wheat turn quickly in to sugar and result in a crash (read meltdowns and tantrums)
- I want their diet full of vegetables and fruit
- I am already cooking gluten-free for myself, so their dinners are almost always gluten-free
- We still don’t have enough information to know whether or not it’s harmful, so my husband and I decided to give it to them in moderation.
- I want them to learn about balanced diets and real food. It’s so easy to eat pancakes for breakfast, pb and j for lunch, and pizza for dinner and not think a thing about it. I want my kids to think of veggies, fruit, and meat as a main component of their diet.
I am plan on doing a much lengthier post on why I am gluten-free and soy free, but here’s a quick look at why I am personally gluten-free.
Note: Even after allergy testing, I came back negative for gluten. I was crazy excited about this but continued to feel yucky. Both my GP and allergist concluded I need to be gluten-free. I wanted to share that in order to explain that unfortunately, food stuff is just tricky and not always cut and dry. It takes time to figure things out.
Why I am Gluten-Free:
- My doctor told me to be!
- I get hives when I touch bread
- When I eat items that contain gluten items sometimes I get sick to my stomach (not every time, which is why I used to think I wasn’t gluten intolerant).
- I get bad headaches and aches and pains when I eat gluten
- I get brain fog
- I have endometriosis and this has really helped me manage the pain
- I had infertility and was told I may never have any kids (God answers prayers! I have two kids!) and after going gluten-free I finally got pregnant
Finally, I am not a medical professional! However, having a gluten-free life style and research has instructed me over the last five years. I hope this helps someone!