Posted by tntmck on Mar 17, 2012 in Information
, Overall Diet
How much food should I be feeding my baby? How many calories does my toddler need? Is he eating too much fruit? Should I be preparing more protein? It’s so easy to question everything from milk intake to bowel movements. Sometimes I think we might be just a little too close to the subject. I’ve had times where I’ve needed to just step back and make sure I’m seeing the forest for the trees.
I discovered the following website http://www.mypyramid.gov recently. This link shows the food pyramid specific to your child’s age and weight. You can enter age and activity level for your child and it will calculate the exact number of daily calories needed. Oh my! I consider myself to be fairly Type A personality and this is too much for me! It seems to me that if you eat real food to fullness and true satisfaction, then things will fall in place. I think kids have this ability built into their little bodies. And, remember, they are growing. Things will ebb and flow. It is my job to present my children with healthy food options and encourage them to try things.
This government site goes so far as to provide a tracker to keep a tally of the daily requirements by grains, vegetables, fruits, milk, meat and beans. I seriously think I need to stay far, far away from this as it could easily become obsessive for no good reason at all!
I’ve shared some of my favorite meals in the past, but here’s another great place to find Toddler Meals. My philosophy is to share good food with my children and maybe we there will be a little chef in the making.
What do you think of the Super Tracker?
Posted by tntmck on Feb 10, 2012 in Information
, Overall Diet
There are many families like to eat smaller meals throughout the day and many who stick to a strictly 3 meals per day rule. I am a big believer in beginning with your young children the way you envision things for them and your family in the future. Personally, I don’t want my day to revolve around constant eating, so I don’t and we eat 3 meals with usually 1 snack, but I don’t think how many is what is important. I think the what, where, and how is more important.
I would just make sure that all meals and snacks are healthy. I think many parents and kids take the word “snack” to mean cookie, cracker, cheese, fruit, or packaged goodies. There is nothing that says a snack can’t be carrot sticks and water or granola or yogurt. I’m not saying that fruit, crackers, or granola bars are bad or that we don’t buy and enjoy those as well, but my boys definitely don’t think a snack means we’re opening up a package of fruit chewies every day.
I require all food and drink to be consumed in the kitchen. A cup can be on the counter or in the refrigerator with water when needed during the day. But, all food is eaten in a chair at a table or on the stool at the counter. This includes our outside family table or the kids’ picnic table. I think this is very important. Now, there are times like bad-timed doctor appointments or a road trip where we might need to take a snack with us, but this is the exception and not the norm. Oh, and we had a family Super Bowl party with food in front of the tv the other night. This by far an exception to the rule. Eating in front of the tv is definitely not allowed around here and definitely something I think contributes to laziness, obesity, and inappropriate views of food.
Basically, I want my kids to be grateful for food and eat what they are given. At almost 3, they still don’t get a choice in what they are served. They use appropriate table manners. They thank the one who has prepared or served them. They help clean up.
Posted by tntmck on Nov 10, 2011 in Information
It’s been a while…a long while. I do have lots of content ready to write and post, but honestly just haven’t made the time.
I wanted to make a quick post today just to share something from my design site. I’m excited to announce my NEW Personal Stationery page where I have currently uploaded custom Christmas card pricing with an easy order form. If you have a family photo or just want a unique custom card this year, contact me at Design by Tracy.
Take advantage by becoming a fan on Facebook and receive 10% OFF! I’m also expanding my Personal Stationery and will be sharing some freebies soon, so you will want to stay in touch to hear out the details.
Posted by tntmck on Dec 16, 2010 in Dairy
Yes, Dannon is being charged with exaggerating comments about it’s “Activia” yogurt and is having to drop those health claims about it’s products. A good step towards bringing us all back to healthy, whole foods.
Consumer Reports – Dannon drops deceptive health claims from yogurt products
I still advocate whole, plain yogurt. Even better if you can find organic and even better still, from raw milk. Well, the best would be to make your own (which I haven’t made the time to do yet). Then, just add some natural vanilla and honey or cinnamon and maple syrup….yum! Of course, you can always add in various fruits or make yummy smoothies by blending yogurt with fruits and healthy extras for. Look for my smoothie recipe here.
Posted by tntmck on Oct 25, 2010 in Information
There are a few brands on this list, so please check it out if you have any peas in your freezer.
Posted by tntmck on Oct 23, 2010 in Information
The FDA is saying that these can cause harm at large doses and recommends disposing of any Hyland’s Teething Tablets in your possession.
Posted by tntmck on Sep 20, 2010 in Information
Well, I wish I had something to blame it on like some big computer crash or my dog ate my homework or something…anything. But, I don’t. I’m just behind. I have everything in my head and notes from my past weeks’ events with food and feeding my family, but just haven’t made it around to posting in a long, long time. So, I have some posting to do and you have some catching up to do with what’s been going on around here. I’m going to be post-dating these so that they stay in order, so get ready. Here they come…
Posted by tntmck on Jul 13, 2010 in Information
I’ve decided not to carryover the Blogger Friend Connect widget to the new site for a few reasons, but I still hope you all will be readers. Please just choose your method of subscription via the RSS feed or email in the button to the right. Also, connect via facebook and twitter. Information varies with each network and I’d love to connect with you all and have great discussions.
Posted by tntmck on Jul 9, 2010 in Information
Well, I’ve been working hard to figure out all of the technicalities of moving my blog from blogger to wordpress. As a designer, this is just something I wanted to do to take advantage of all of the wonderful wp features. Well, I just took the plunge and everything is live. I’m still working out the details to transfer over all followers and subscriptions, but the feed should live and well. I’ll be working over the next few days to get everything tidied up and finish up the new header and background design.
If you go to the old address you should end up here, but please update your bookmarks to http://52weekbabyfood.com. Please, please, please, please, please let me know if you encounter any issues as a reader or subscriber. I won’t know unless you tell me!
I hope you enjoy the new format as it gets finished up this month!
Posted by tntmck on Jun 24, 2010 in Information
7 manufacturers and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announce free repair kits to immobilize drop side cribs. Check the list here.