Wednesday, April 30, 2014

A healthier family!

The last couple of weeks have been VERY uneventful related to Brayden's health! He is doing normal kid things and has pretty successfully transitioned from his crib to a toddler bed. He does get up pretty early, like 615ish, but then he comes to bed with mommy and daddy for some cartoons. Early morning cuddles are starting to be one of my favorite times of the day.
Brayden had a great Easter thanks to a fabulous mawmaw and pawpaw (this momma had to work), and the Easter bunny (aka mawmaw) was very good to him!
He has also been to the eye doctor and got an A+ which means he doesn't have to go back for an entire year!
Brayden has found a new hobby and that is going outside. This kid doesn't care if its cold or not, he wants to go out! He gets pretty upset when it is time to come in, so that is definitely something we need to work on. We did some serious work around the outside of our house, because as I am sure you can imagine, home maintenance took a huge dip on our priority list last spring.
Brayden help sow grass seed,
helped water the garden,
and he loves to go for walks around the neighborhood!
In my last blog, I mentioned that I wanted to start looking into how diet changes could help Brayden. Since then I have read, researched, and agonized about how diet affects our lives. I started reading the ingredient list on the foods we regularly eat and I watched a very startling documentary called "Forks over Knives". While I won't get into the details, the way I feel about food has made a 180 degree turn in the last couple of weeks. That being said we started a "plant based" diet on Monday and my sisters family is doing this along with us. We have taken turns having dinner (to decrease the amount of work and recipe trying) and it's been great so far. In my mind I thought this would be VERY difficult. I wondered how would I get Brayden to eat like this, and how I could sacrifice so many of the foods we love but I ultimately decided that if there was ANY chance it could help Brayden we needed make this change.....  A very kind husband and wife took us under their wings and taught us a little about diet and holistic healthcare as a whole and it was greatly appreciated.
Since Monday I have learned Brayden likes so many more foods than we have been offering him! In the morning I have been making him a smoothie with fruit, spinach/kale, and flax or chia seeds. He actually likes them and when he is done he whines and asks for more. He also loves granola, pistachios, mushrooms, spaghetti squash, coconut milk yogurt, and every fruit I have offered to him (although he was not too keen on trying the blackberries, but after trying it he loved them). He wasn't crazing about cream of broccoli soup tonight but he did eat it :) He does still ask for some of his old favorites occasionally (corn syrup loaded fruit snacks and chips) but he is easily redirected and is usually content with his new snacks. I am happy to say that since we have started this I am sleeping better and have tons more energy. It really is amazing how much what you put into your body affects you overall!

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