I get so many questions about food. The level of confusion, frustration, and guilt that exists around the subject of food can be really overwhelming, and it’s part of my mission to clear things up. Here are two of the most common questions I get...answered!
❓What age should my child start eating solids?
The digestive system of a young child is very sensitive, and is the foundation of health. Around 6 months, a child can begin playing with and exploring new tastes, textures, and flavors when it comes to food. However, there is no need for nourishment to come from this food until the age of 1 or even later (for a breastfed child). Let your child guide their own journey with food, rather than forcing something they are not ready for.
*this is a basic rule of thumb, and it may not apply to every child. For specific questions with feeding/weaning, reach out to me for a consult. I’d love to help you navigate this exciting time!!
❓Am I depriving my child of a normal life if I don’t feed them the standard American diet?
I get SO passionate about the answer to this question. NO!! By switching Cheeto’s for sweet potatoes and Skittles for raspberries, you are nourishing your child in a way that will allow them to grow, thrive, and become the best version of themselves. You are arming them with the internal tools to fight off disease, learn and retain information in school, and maintain emotional balance. If you feel like you are depriving your child by feeding them healing foods, I challenge you to flip your perspective.
Instead of believing this ⬇️⬇️⬇️
My child is missing out/I am keeping them from some form of normalcy or happiness....
DECIDE to believe this ⬇️⬇️⬇️
I am feeding my child in a way that will allow them to thrive and maintain/achieve optimal health. I show my child love by providing them with the nourishment that their body NEEDS.
If you have questions about ANYTHING related to food and optimal health for children, click the button below to schedule a discovery consult with Caitria.