Introducing New Foods

Hello everyone! I just wanted to briefly share how I introduce new foods into Kai’s diet. As you all know Kai has multiple food allergies. She is on a very strict diet. Now that she is 17 months Kai has gotten fed up with her limited options and actually started refusing food (sweet potatoes, russet potatoes, chicken, sausage) :#oor baby. So I made the decision to step out on faith and we have began trying new foods (even foods that she is “allergic to”).

I usually try to only introduce new foods early on a Friday afternoon, right after I pick her up from daycare  to give time for reaction symptoms to subside by Monday so we can both return to work and school!

I only try one new food at a time. Then if there are no reactions I will give it to her again on Saturday. If there is still no reaction. Then I give it to her on Sunday as well. After she has had the food three days in a row I deem her not allergic, then we have a major celebration!

Some new foods we have recently introduced are:

This past weekend we introduced the Van’s Cereal and boy was it a hit!  It is Gluten Free, Egg Free, Dairy Free, and Corn Free. This cereal is very yummy and between Kai and I we have almost consumed the entire box just this weekend. Please do not judge us. LOL

If your child has mild allergic reactions I would try this at home. If your child has SEVERE food allergies I would not recommend you trying this at home as it could be very dangerous for your child. For severe cases your child’s Allergist will recommend you come in to office and do their food clinics. Kai was offered this opportunity, but I didn’t see any point of scheduling an appointment for a doctors visit and waiting for hours for them to do something that I can do at home. It just wasn’t the most convenient option for us. I do strongly encourage you to try new things with your child if you are comfortable. There are some foods that I was keeping from Kai that she could eat like, wheat. Also, her allergy testing gave us the green light on consuming Oats, however Oats were actually breaking her out. So the allergy test are not always 100% accurate. What prompted me to start trying new things is when Kai started to refuse food. I also personally feel that even though she might have had a mild reaction from a food such as hives around her mouth, her coming into contact with the food will help her better tolerate it in the future. This is just my theory. Lol

If you have any questions about trying new foods or foods we have tried feel free to comment with your questions I would love to hear from you all. Until next time…. Happy Food Testing!

Cod Liver Oil

A few days ago I posted a photo of Carlson Cod Liver Oil. One of my Great Grandmother’s favorite remedies to fighting a Cold. My family is from the Delta Region of Arkansas. Some cod-lrefer to this place as “The Country”. Lol My Grandma is very resourceful and has a home remedy for EVERYTHING! The moment she hears you cough or sniffle she was sending you to the fridge for some thick, yucky, Cod Liver Oil. I hated having to take this growing up however now that I have a daughter I am thankful for the special little tips like this.

Kai has had a chest cold for about two weeks. Nothing, I mean nothing has helped. Every time she coughs you can hear the cold/mucus in her chest, but since Kai is only 17 months she can’t cough it up herself :(. I called my Grandma and she reminded me about Cod Liver Oil. So I went and purchased some at Whole Foods. I am sure you can find it at any of your local Natural Health Food Stores. Just an FYI it is $32.99 but do not let the price deter you from making the purchase. Think of how much you spend on cough syrup if your child gets sick every other month and doctor visits.

The Benefits…

Cod Liver Oil is from… Cod. Some of its benefits are:

  • Treating Ear Infections, Allergies, and Asthma
  • Helps heal Skin Wounds
  • Lowers risk for Autoimmune Disease
  • Omega-3s 
  • Supplies Vitamin D (Bones) 
  • Supplies Vitamin A 

I am not a doctor or health professional so if you are pregnant or nursing I am not sure how safe this is for you, therefore I would suggest that you consult your doctor before taking this.

The Results…

I first gave Kai the Cod Liver Oil on Sunday 11/26/2016. One teaspoon a day (Kai weighs 27 lbs. so she usually takes a tsp of most medicine she consumes). On 12/2/2016 Kai had a really bad cough and she gagged and threw up all of the cold/ phlegm that had been in her chest. She is feeling so much better! Most of her other cold symptoms have subsided as well! So if your child meets the weight requirements I definitely recommend it for your child during the winter and for you also. My grandmother takes it daily as well and she’s hardly ever sick.

If you are looking for a more natural way to help treat your viral cold try this and let me know what you think!

*This product was purchased with my own money and is not sponsored. It is my honest opinion determined from trail and error!