We are back with another amazing Guest Blog Post!
This time from a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner specializing in women’s fertility, hormone balancing, and thyroid health. Born and raised in Austin, Texas, Jaimie Moerbe's passion for health and wellness began over ten years ago after her mother was diagnosed with cancer and she witnessed the healing effects of real-food nutrition in her mother’s life. She lives in Austin with her husband Jonathan, two-year-old daughter Ava, and sweet pup Annabelle.
My daughter started her first day of preschool this week. It has been filled with many firsts, but one of the “firsts” I didn’t anticipate facing so soon was the type of food given to toddlers at our local preschools. I became frustrated by the preschool pantries and junk food we as parents were asked to provide. This food was cleverly marketed as “wholesome family foods” while in reality it wasn’t nourishing for the body or the mind and contained many inflammatory ingredients known by doctors to cause health issues. The first 1,000 days of a child’s life are critical to their brain development and proper nutrition is essential to making this happen.
So, after my shock of learning about the foods my daughter would receive, I quickly chose a preschool that matched my real-food philosophy and required me to supply all of her food so I knew she was receiving quality nutrition.
Yay! And oops! Now I had to plan out all of her meals. I created these three guidelines for myself when choosing foods to send in my daughter’s lunch kit. They needed to be low sugar, allergen conscious, and daughter approved!
Guideline #1: Low Sugar Foods
Being aware of sugar consumption is incredibly important. Current statistics show that 1 in 3 children born after the year 2000 will become a Type II diabetic. On average, Americans are consuming 140 pounds of refined sugar each year. Sugar causes inflammation in the body and taxes the immune system. It even suppresses the immune system for up to 4-6 hours after consumption.
Unfortunately, many of the grab and go foods present on supermarket shelves today are sugar-filled and lacking in nutrition to help support a healthy immune system. With the school season in full swing, you want your kids making new friends, not catching new illnesses. I’m thankful for the just-sweet-enough treats from Guiltless Goodies that are diabetic-friendly with the healthy fats necessary for building a well-functioning immune system.
Guideline #2: Allergen Aware Foods
Earlier this year I had my daughter’s genes analyzed. Although she doesn’t have celiac disease, a serious autoimmune disorder, her genetic information revealed a gluten sensitivity that causes her to have inflammation and eczema flare ups when exposed to it. I’m thankful she doesn’t require an EpiPen for her reaction, but unfortunately life-threatening allergies that result in anaphylaxis are on the rise in children.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that from 1997 to 2007 food allergies increased by 18% in children under 18 years old, and today it is estimated that 1 in 13 children has a food allergy. Peanut allergies continue to increase and have become the second most common allergy in children.
Although my daughter’s reaction to gluten is relatively mild, she has a classmate with life threatening allergies which results in the entire class having strict guidelines on what can and can’t enter the classroom. Guiltless Goodies are an amazing option for children and families with food allergies and sensitivities. They're gluten free, dairy free, nut free, and soy free. You don’t have to sacrifice taste or nutrition! It’s a Win-Win!
Guidelines #3: Kid-Approved Foods
I’m conscientious about raising my daughter with an abundant mindset surrounding food. Instead of categorizing food items as “good” or “bad” I’m teaching her to recognize which foods do or don’t serve her body well and make her feel healthy. My goal is to cultivate this awareness in her so she can make nutritious choices for herself in the future when I’m not making all of her meals.
She ADORES Guiltless Goodies (seriously every single product!), and it makes my heart happy to see her prefer non-GMO, real food with healthy fats and protein. And as much as I enjoy baking, having the convenience of pre-made Guiltless Goodies makes my day much better too. Their products fill her up and fuel her up for her days of learning and playing at preschool!
Look at that face, that's one happy kiddo! And what an amazing post from her mama. Thank so much for sharing such great information with us, Jaimie! If you want to hear more from Jaimie or see what she's up to, you can find her here on Instagram!