Monday, 21 May 2012

lucy eats...

so far i've posted several photos of lucy's meals. you may be wondering what does she eat for snacks. truth is, she doesn't. i don't serve her snacks other than nursing her between breakfast and lunch and between lunch and dinner. eventually as she weans herself off, i'll offer her 'structured' snack time, meaning she'll sit down at the table to eat a healthy little snack. i'll never be one to offer her snacks throughout the day, here and there and everywhere. i'm going to try not to offer her snacks to keep her occupied or happy (even if an embarrassing moment arises in public). lucy will be encouraged to eat at the table, not on the go or while doing something else at the same time. in my opinion, snacking here and there and everywhere makes one feel 'full' all the time; i want lucy to know that we eat for hunger's sake and that food fulfills that natural human need to eat. kids that snack all the time often have difficulties eating a full meal (i'm a teacher, i've seen it time and time again with six year olds) - i would too. having to 'wait' for meal times,  i also hope she will learn to appreciate food, the cook and the effort involved in preparing meals. of course, occasionally she'll have a treat (i'm not a 'structured-meal-nazi'...) and she'll eat for the sake of enjoyment and other's company.
well you may think 'jenny, girl, you're starving your daughter...' believe me, i'm not. we've structured her meal times accordingly and she always knows that another meal is coming.

top photo - ruisleipa (finnish rye bread) with cheddar cheese, broccoli, celery (de-strung) and yellow pepper
1- multigrain bread heated with apple and havarti cheese, green leaf salad and raspberries
2- sausage (not something i recommend feeding often!), potatoes and roasted brussel sprouts
3- black bean salad (beans, tomatoes, red pepper, avocado, red onion, spices)
4- grilled chicken, asparagus, arugula and cherry tomoatoes
5- kamut cereal, orange slices and mango
6- honey-garlic chicken, brown rice and corn

***lucy is offered water with all her meals and she is still nursed. however, she nurses less often now- usually 3-5 times a day.

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