Is your Child a fussy eater?

Is your Child a fussy eater?

FUSSY EATERS

Is your Child a fussy eater? If there’s one thing that parents worry about, it’s children’s nutrition. So what do children need?
According to Nutritionist Frankie Lewis from Nature’s Gold, a lot of parents go to see her because their child is a fussy eater and only eat pasta: “I speak to them about rotating their food, varying the grains that they use. Use buckwheat pasta, corn pasta or quinoa pasta. Make homemade pesto sauces with veggies and then blend the sauce up and serve”.

SUPPLEMENTS

There are lots of supplements and multivitamins for children in liquid form or as chewable tablets. Multivitamin supplements are ideal if the child is a fussy eater as it will provide a little of everything the child needs, while you take the time to be relaxed around food and slowly introduce them to new tast4es.
Emily Whitehead, a nutritional therapist who works as consultant to vitamin brand ‘BetterYou” says: “Multivitamin are suitable to be taken all year round as they should cover the spectrum needed. If a child is particularly deficient in a vitamin or mineral a standalone supplement should be considered, but always seek advice of a health practitioner before you do this”.

SLEEP ISSUES

“Sometimes sleep problems can be caused by a child being low in magnesium”, says Frankie Lewis.
Magnesium is found in green vegetables, nuts and legumes.
Frankie also suggests homegrown alternatives: “Why not grow your own sprouts on the kitchen windowsill? The more living foods we eat, the better we feel. To keep it simple, I tell parents to serve lots of food from the ground and foods that you would pick from a tree. If you serve animal proteins for lunch, try to have a vegetarian option in the evening”.

SNACK FOODS

We know a lot about how most shop-bought snack foods are bad for our children, but what foods are OK for them to snack on? “An ideal snack plate when your child comes home from school would be raw carrots sticks, five or six sugar snap peas, two or three almonds, a small handful of sunflower seeds, slices of cucumber with the skin on, a small bowl of home-made popcorn. They will love to graze on these foods”, says Frankie Lewis.
Source: Article Published at ‘Rude Health” Magazine, September/October issue 2014.

VITAMIN D SUPPLEMENTS: Why should we take them?

VITAMIN D SUPPLEMENTS: Why should we take them?

Vitamin D is mainly produced in the body by exposure of the skin to sunlight.
However, because of Ireland’s northerly latitude, in the months between November and March, there is inadequate quality and quantity of sunlight to enable sufficient production of vitamin D by the body.
During these winter months, we rely on our diets to provide us with vitamin D. But in reality, this can be difficult to achieve.

Dietary sources of vitamin D are not consumed in sufficient quantities to counter the lack of sunlight exposure. Examples of dietary sources of vitamin D include oily fish (e.g. salmon, mackerel, sardines), egg yolks and fortified foods such as milk and breakfast cereals.

According to Frankie Lewis from Nature’s Gold in Greystones, “the typical requests we get from parents are for immune system boosting supplements for their children. I always ask them if they are giving their baby or child a vitamin D supplement. Growing pains in children are very often due to lack of vitamin D and Magnesium. Allow your child 15-20 minutes in the Irish sun, in the morning before it gets too hot and before you put sunscreen on, so that their bodies can store some vitamin D in the liver for the darker months. Many people decide to keep their little ones on vitamin D drops all year round”.

The current healthy eating guidelines for Ireland are being revised and this will include an updated recommendation for vitamin D intake. However, recently updated dietary guidelines in North America recommend an intake of 5µg of vitamin D per day for infants and young children up to 3 years of age. In Canada, which is at similar northerly latitude to Ireland, all babies taking less than 500ml of infant formula are supplemented with 10µg of vitamin D.

Health professionals and parents need to be made aware that vitamin D deficiency is prevalent in Ireland. If you have any questions related to your Family’s current Vitamin D intake, speak to your GP, or, alternatively, speak to a nutritionist who is also a qualified professional able to recommend any supplements you might need to take.

Source: Food and Safety Authority Ireland/ ‘Rude Health’ Magazine, September/October Issue.