That's really the only drama we have and of course its DD2 and not one of the other two that love vegemite. She has never liked anything else at all on her toast and isn't too happy about just nuttlex. Sandwiches were ok even though she loves vegemite or ham or devon. I was able to steer her towards having chicken without any real dramas.
not sure what you mean by organic fruit and vegg not a good idea? There are certain fruits/vegg you should get organic like apples ( part of the 12 dirty dozen ) but avocados ( where you don't eat the thick skin ) are ok
We are testing the waters with becoming additive free too. Like OP Erinn, I thought we were already pretty good, but I was a little misguided and was focusing a lot on monitoring sugar and flavours/colours, but now Im not so concerned with sugar and instead focus entirely on additives. Its such a learning curve though! I just read this thread and learnt about the 5% thing and also that tasty cheddar cheese can be a biggie! Gah. Add that to the list.
My ds eats porridge or weetbix for brekky, fruit and yogurt for morning tea, peanut butter or avocado and ham (preservative and additive free apparently? Champagne leg ham from Coles deli...?) sandwich for lunch, homemade muffin or raffertys garden fruit bar and fruit for arvo tea and family meal for dinner.
Love this thread for ideas and tips
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Many 'natural' colours are still additives and considered dangerous under additive alert guidelines. For example red/pink natural colouring is cochineal (or carmine). Cochineal is a bug that is squashed up. Cochineal/carmine is e120 and has been linked to hyperactivity in children.
I buy natural food colourings (made from beetroot, pumpkin, carrot) etc for icing cupcakes, making my own 'hundreds and thousands' etc. google hullabaloo as one source of such natural food dye.
I wouldn't change her diet without having some tests done first. Otherwise you may never be able to confirm exactly what she is allergic/intolerant to, and you could be cutting out things that you don't need to.
Seeing a pediatrician would be a good place to start.
Thanks for all the new info So far we are not failsafe so still eating all fruits etc and just focusing more on the additives. I have stopped the dried fruit/sultanas though and tomatoes for the time being as I read they could be some of the worst triggers for kids.
Had an absolutely amazing day with her today. Thought seeing as we were onto a good week I would be brave and tackle the shops as I needed to get some new gym gear. She happily sat in her pram and chatted to me while we went to 3 different shops and I tried things on without so much as a whinge, until right at the end where she put her hands over her eyes and I asked her is she had had enough, she said yep and we went home. This is the child that in the very recent past I couldn't even go to the shops for a quick trip for a loaf of bread or some milk without a screaming meltdown! I am !!!
So far her behaviour is really just improving beyond belief. I was supposed to have an appt with our GP today to talk about this stuff but it got cancelled so I hope I will get into chat to her soon. I want to find out whether it is worth going to see a dietician or something and doing the whole failsafe diet or what to do now. For those already gone down this path what is the next step - keep going as is or try to work out exactly what it is that is triggering things for her? And is that only possible via an elimination diet or are there tests for intolerances in the same way there are allergy tests?
Also for Dannielle - dont quote me on it, you might have to check it out yourself, but I have seen mentioned around that there is a product in the health food section called vege-spread which is a safe alternative for vegemite. I saw it the other day but couldnt bring myself to buy it, didnt have a good look at the label though. I'm only going by what I've seen elsewhere.
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