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From Junk Food to Healthy Food

Can you believe your money is making your kids unhealthy?

money gives us access to cleaner spaces, comfortable lifestyles and much more, but we get trapped in a vicious circle of choosing quick fixes and what can commonly be called consumerism and conspicuous consumption; as a result we consume food that is highly processed, sugar loaded, high in calorie and low in nutrition.

Processed food and fast food available in the restaurants contains lots of salt, sugar and saturated unhealthy fats. Regular consumption of such food can make us prone to many diseases.

Several studies in India have shown that the percentage of unhealthy and obese kids in middle and upper income group is way higher than in lower socio-economic group- the reason is quite obvious!

You don’t have to look at older kids (6-13yrs); I have seen parents offering *imported*( read expensive) packaged munchies to their 11-12 months old babies. We happily give fancy, packaged things that are marketed to us as healthy, tasty baby food, what we don’t realise is that it is the beginning of introducing your baby to the world of JUNK. Soon your baby will start fancying anything and everything that comes packed in plastic.

An article “hold your nuggets”  by Guardian talks about children and nutrition in the UK, but it holds equally true for India too.

Over the last 20 years, kids in India are seeing what kids in the UK went through 50 years back – consuming food that is designed for children like fries, chips, pizza, burgers and what not. Other food that does big damage is the packaged food that we start offering as early as few months is biscuits, cerelac, instant porridge mixes. Why would we let our kids/babies have things that even our mature body system fails to digest?

The best way is to start well.

To start your weaning journey on a positive note.

How to help your child establish a positive relationship with healthy food?

1. The key is to eat healthy as a family- Often the family itself thrives on JUNK and packaged food (we did too), we are now trying to make conscious changes after the birth of our child. When adults eat unhealthy it passes on to the kids as well.

2. Move to family meals for your baby as soon as you can- After ascertaining that your baby can sit on her own and has lost tongue thrust and is fine with the solid food that you have given in first 1 or 2 months of starting solids, you can move to less spicy family meals (mostly at around 8- 9 months of age) Moving to family meals will save you a lot of hassle of cooking separately and then coaxing your child to eat the baby food that he/she despises. Grass on the other side is always greener, children prefer things that adults in the family eat.

3. Eat together- Eating together will help them move to self feeding sooner. When they see everyone around them eating on their own, they would want to do that too.

4. Offer finger foods- finger foods help them improve the pincer grip, fine motor skills, hand and eye coordination and finally while playing with the food they learn about different textures. Kids who self feed end up eating well and just as much as their body needs because they are aware of how much they are eating. Finger foods may include- strips of chapati/paranthas, cut fruits (watermelon, thin slices of steamed Apple, grapes and strawberries, papaya etc) sliced idli, makhana, vegetable tikkis, sautèd paneer, flash cooked vegetables.

Make sure that you are around and alert while your baby eats.

5. Never force your baby to eat. There could be days when they are just not hungry, let them be, skipping a meal or two is fine. Forcing food down your baby’s mouth will have them develop aversion to it.

6. Substituting meals with JUNK food just so they eat and stuff their tummy is going to have long term impact. I feel guilty of doing that and I am sure many of you do that too. Starving them is better than giving them food that is unhealthy and root cause for many deceases.

You could check my detailed post on Starting Solids for babies.

Do share your views and tips on raising happy and healthy eaters!

Happy parenting.


This Post was originally written for Janini, a closed Mothers community on Facebook; Janini is a platform conceptualised to share & exchange ideas, seeking solutions & resolving issues through interaction in the areas of Personal Growth, Healthcare & Childcare. Rolly of  Rolly’s Yoga Art is the founder of Janini, helping expecting and new moms in prenatal, postnatal and childcare.

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Design Ideas for Small Kitchens

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Design Ideas For Small Kitchens. Interior designs. Indian Homes

We humans practically spend a lot of our time in the kitchen, often more than the time we spend in our bedrooms ( barring the sleep time). A well designed kitchen will help you work efficiently, exude positivity and dish out happy and delicious meals!

We moved to our new home few months back and designing the kitchen was one of our main focus. We had Kiran from “Ideas” design the kitchen and some other parts of our home.

Kitchen designing takes a lot of efforts and thoughts and after all that gruelling work I knew I had to share it with my readers.

Here are some tips coming from the Expert-

Few details that can enhance a small kitchen

In a small kitchen playing with colors can make a lot of difference. It is all about creating an illusion, an illusion of larger space and colours help do that wonderfully.

When you have a small kitchen, anything that’s above the counter top should be kept light. Light cabinets and light backsplash gives you a feel of an open and airy space, and gives an illusion that the space is a lot larger than it actually is.

One of the things that can add to a kitchen space is under cabinet lighting. They are not very difficult to install and are also cost effective. They cast light down on the backsplash and the counter top, again giving an illusion that the space is bigger than actual.

Create a focal point. This adds character to an otherwise small space. A highlight wall will make the whole space stand out.

While designing the kitchen keep in mind all the appliances that you will be needing and create a customised space for it to fit in. Do not fill up the precious counter top space in a small kitchen with appliances and utensils.

Design the kitchen in a way that all your daily use utensils and spices are handy and can be kept back in place easily so that they do not crowd the counter top while you are cooking.

Long upper cabinets give an illusion of height and make the ceilings look higher. Makes a world of difference in a small space.

Smaller space needs better management and organising, do hire a professional if you are unsure about the details.

Kiran is an Interior Designer and founder of “Ideas” which is a Mumbai based Interior Design service firm that invests in quality and makes building your dream home a hassle-free and beautiful experience.

For any queries or to avail their services, you can contact them on 9820153801.

 


My musings

Sleeping Beauty

 

Newly wed Anamika looked lovely in the bright outfits adorning her slender frame.

She often slept longer than expected and her new family called her lazy, but her husband didn’t mind; he happily snuggled up next to her.

With each passing day she slept longer and longer until one day she was found perfectly still with a bottle of pills.

Her dreams were a place she met her lover, relived the past and fulfilled her desire.

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Hot Red lingerie

In his office bag she found a stunning, new red lingerie though a tad bit large in size; she smiled and kept it back before he saw her prying into his bag.

She imagined herself in that bold, sensual lingerie and thought to herself, finally it was time for them to make love. finally for the first time in 6 months of their marriage they will do what she had been longing to!

She hugged him from behind and he smiled back.

The coming weekend he was off to Goa with his boyfriends and the Hot red lingerie!

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Cloth Diapering- 5 most frequently asked questions

5 most frequently asked questions about Cloth Diapering 

I have written a few more posts on Cloth diapering, covering topics like diaper types, maintaining, washing and storing cloth diapers and on night time diapering.

I am often asked questions by expecting moms and new moms about cloth diapers, here are some of those.

1.What are cloth diapers?

Most of the modern Cloth diapers ( MCDs) will usually come with 3 parts- an outer layer which is waterproof and thus prevents clothes from getting wet, an inner stay dry layer which prevents the baby from feeling wet and a middle absorbant layer, which absorbs and holds the pee. The snaps of One Size (OS) diapers can be adjusted as your baby grows.

There are different types that you can check here in my previous post.

2. How soon can I start cloth diapering my baby?

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