It is hard to believe that less than a year ago the only vegetable Hayden would eat was green beans. He only consumed green beans when I told him had to eat the green beans that was on his plate before he could have something else to eat. Hayden's diet pretty much consisted of fruit and carbohydrates. He would eat plate full upon plate full of fresh fruit. I thought I was doing good getting nutrition in him because he was consuming fruit. WOW.......I was so freaking wrong!!!
One of Hayden's major medical challenges has been the yeast beast. What does yeast feed off of??? You guessed it........SUGAR! What is a lot of fruit high in........SUGAR! What does carbohydrates break down into during digestion..........SUGAR! AHHHHH!!!!
I made the decision that we were going to go on the GAPS diet. I knew we needed to do something drastic and drastic it was. My poor babies did not eat for 4 days. Hayden (5 years old) got down to 28 pounds. GAPS diet is grain free, refined sugar free, and lactose free. We currently eat no casein, no grains, no refined sugar, no fruit, and no honey. I found that Hayden could not handle fruit or honey. We only eat nuts, chicken, beef, all vegetables, and coconut oil.
I know that doesn't sound like we don't eat well. I can guarantee you that we are the healthiest we have ever been. Hayden has gained 12 pounds in 8 months!!!! He has gained more weight in the last 8 months than he has in 3.5 years. This is all from eating healthy foods :)
I have never made a huge deal about what I put on Hayden's plate. I put the food on his plate and give it to him. I let him have complete control of what he chooses to put in his mouth. (well maybe not complete control because I buy the groceries and prepare the meals). We have modeled to him how much fun it is to eat vegetables. I think Ruby has been super helpful in this process. She is always munching on some kind of vegetable. Whenever Hayden has choose to touch a vegetable I celebrate him, even if it is throwing it on the floor or putting it on my plate. There have been times when Hayden has put the vegetable in his mouth, chewed it up, and spit it on the floor or on my plate. I celebrate him for that.
Slowly but surely in the last 6 months Hayden has drastically increased his vegetable intake. Pretty exciting stuff!!! Here is the vegetables that Hayden currently eats.............
Peppers....red, yellow, orange, and green
I also put the following in his juice which he watches me prepare.....
It's such a delight to watch Hayden enjoy all of these fabulous vegetables :)