Comments: Children Change Your Life


What a lovely gift to yourself and the Boy, this new healthier eating! My mother made most of the baby food I ate with her volcanic rock molcajete, a.k.a. mortar and pestle. Fresh fruits, steamed or boiled vegetables and cooked meats from early on, smashed into a soft goodness no jar of Gerber's could beat. We still use the same mortar for salsa and so much more!

you'd be surprised about the WW.
It is definitely healthier. I have only been on it 36 hours so far, but veg intake has gone up, my fat and sugar contact down and i still managed to have a baked potato with creme fraiche, bacon, truffle oil and parmigiano for supper last night - well inside my point limits too.

I have been too self indulgent. it is time to be sensible. My blog has to have a conscience too!

I think toasted almonds make everything aste better btw

Seems like a fair trade. You change their nappies, they change your life.

Good for you for going healthy! I'm struggling with that myself.

Mmmm...trout. Anyway it is cooked, if it starts out good, it ends up good. I adore trout.

Sam, good luck on the WW! I started the program a few years ago and then promptly fell pregnant so that was the end of dieting. It's a great program, though. My sister lost about 20 pounds and has kept them off through their follow-up program. And last time I checked, I think my mom had lost a whopping 60 lbs with them!

Maybe now that I'm working part-time I should find a group here in Paris and get back on the wagon...

Barbara, I totally agree about trout. It has so much flavour compared with white fish! And it's such a pretty pink...

: )

Trout, salmon, arctic char and bluegill are all favorite fish with me--they all have a ton of flavor as compared to turbot, cod or any of the other white fishes that our mothers made us eat as kids.

My uncle used to go trout fishing once or twice a year, and bring back coolers full of them, and we'd bread them in cornmeal and fry them gently in butter and oil--delicious.

I think that the only way any of us ate fish when I was a kid was can tell we were Southerners.

Meg - i am just doing it online - no meetings - it has a great recipe calculator that caluclates points for whatever you make - you just add all the ingredients. Cool huh!

Sam, I'll have to check it out - had no idea they were so technologically advanced these days! Um, but maybe AFTER this weekend, when we are invited to a Burns night, complete with haggis, beer and whisky...

Very cool, thanks for the tip!

Hmmm...Having a baby could potentially make Barrett eat more healthfully? Interesting. I'll have to add that my equation determining when we start a family. :)

While it doesn't sound like you're going to feed the little guy fish daily, I just want to add some information about fish and mercury. I suspect the issues has been around for decades, but the FDA released guidelines and started a public awareness campaign in 2001.

For "women who are pregnant or may become pregnant" and for children:
-no more than 12 ounces of fish per week for adults. (I would say 6ounces for a child).
-do not eat shark, swordfish, kingmackerel, and tile fish
-Albacore "white" tuna is higher than most tuna, so no more than 6 ounces (quite a lot) per week
-If you're eatting locally caught freshwater fish in the USA, you can check online for recommendations.

Having said all of that, I grew up eatting A LOT of fish caught by my dad and grandparents in Lake Cumberland, and I think I turned out okay. :)

Rebecca - you turned out better than OK, but I think the fish turned your hair red!

Rebecca, I was planning on a couple of ounces of trout or salmon once a week actually. And organic spinach and crucifers because apparently they are particularly prone to absorbing nitrates and polluants from the soil.

Actually, flax seed for the omega-3 and dried apricots (in his case soaked and pureed with other fruit) for the iron are the sources preferred by a lot of the mothers I've met.

I figure a varied diet will ensure that he's eating will we all!

And aside from the sleep-deprivation thing (which luckily we haven't suffered from too much) kids are very good for your health! A recent story on the BBC site quoted a study in the US that exploded the myth of the "mommy brain" (a popular belief that having kids makes mothers, especially, more air-headed). They found that, on the contrary, mothers and fathers became more focussed and organized and had better performing brains than their childless counterparts!


I was intelligent when Z was born about 10 and a half years ago. I knew stuff, like what you said. But what I didn't quite grasp is the shear volume of time it consumes. And I ain't talkin' about that 'issue' that took all day to lay to rest. Or some 'phase' that was going on that month. I'm talking about a 1/3 of your life span. And we always started out with good food, even vegetables.
Nothing stuck and it wasn't long until they're old enough to be babysat by aunts, uncles and close friends. All it takes is one introduction to Top Ramen and you're screwed.
Ah well, at least Taylor from Fatted Calf was able to talk to E & Z and stop them from talking family members in to taking them on trips to fast food burger joints. Taylor is 'that' way with children, a good trait for a butcher, eh?


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