New experiences…..new foods…..new tastes……

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This week has been all about change.

I have finally kicked started my career in an amazing hospital (The Mater Hospital), moved 957km away from home (Sydney to Brisbane), I have spent more time in my bubble car than on land due to poor navigation skills, lack of GPS, failing iphones and all the one-way/motor ways in Brisbane.

Nevertheless, so far so good…thus far! Things are finally looking up, have found myself a house and going to be enjoying the city-cycle, will probably be the only one in the whole of brisbane zooming down the freeways in the yellow helmets.

This leads me to taste buds and….change.

Taste is one way your bubs and children experience the world, as they grow and develop so do their taste buds.

Your children’s taste buds are forever changing. Recent studies have shown that the sense of taste changes throughout your life, so even though your child may not like vegetables and fruit now…there is still hope! But this does not mean throwing out all of your vegies and fruit in your fridge and waiting till they are 18!  You still need to be persistent and as I have mentioned it could take 10-15 times for a new food to be accepted.

Children are more sensitive to certain tastes than adults but because taste can be subjective, the mechanism that causes taste sensitivity in your young ones can be difficult to analyse. Taste is a composite sense that’s partly determined by the taste buds, but also affected by a food’s aroma, its appearance and even previous experiences with that or similar foods. Therefore, by changing or altering the composition of certain foods that your child my dislike initially may help for the new food to be accepted.

There are myths that taste buds change every 5-7 years…however there are no definite conclusions that this is true, So does anyone have any hard facts for or against the changing tastes every seven years theory?

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The Green Eyed Monster

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During pregnancy, but also day-to-day living it is important to re-fuel your body, treat your body like a temple. Cliche, I know! But as a Dietitian I see people work around the clock, get caught up with their busy life and forget about the most important thing (your body!) which is allowing for you to run around, I am definitely guilty of this! 

I believe it is important to stop..revive and ultimately survive! So for me it starts with a simple green smoothie, which I have called “The Green Eyed Monster” once you start drinking this smoothie people will become jealous, you will be glowing both internally and externally and your body will be loving the additional goodness. By re-fueling yourself with beautiful green’s you will reap the benefits of phytonutrients, antioxidant and essential nutrients and vitamins. 

The Recipe:
1. Handful of spinach

2. 2 x stalks of celery
3. Handful of kale
4. Grated ginger
5. 1/2 cucumber 
6. Ice (optional)

Simply blend together and feed your body the amazing goodness! 

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Stayed tuned for more exciting recipes to come…

Crying over spilt milk

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Do not confuse CMP (cow’s milk protein) allergy with lactose intolerance. There is a often a lot of confusion between the two, but they are NOT the same and need to be treated very differently!

What is the CMP allergy?
CMP involves the immune system, it is generally more severe than lactose intolerance. The protein in the cow’s milk creates a irritation and inflammation in the baby’s gut. Some children grow out of the allergy at the age of four. The most common symptoms include;

  • Blood and mucous in stools
  • Irritable behaviour
  • Cramping
  • Diarrhoea
  • Reflux

CMP allergy is diagnosed once symptoms are seen after consuming milk or  milk containing foods. Some babies might experience redness, rash or hives when consuming foods. To determine if your baby has the allergy, a skin prick test or blood test (RAST) will be positive. This should be discussed with your doctor, and eliminating or challenging your child’s diet with milk is not recommended before seeking medical opinions.

Breast feeding/Formula:
Unfortunately most commercial formula’s contain cows milk, therefore choosing a soy formula or seeking medical advice from your Doctor/Dietitian can recommend specialised formula’s to help with digestion. Lactose free formula’s can still contain milk products, so avoid these formula’s!

If you are breast feeding, I would seek medical assistance to discuss avoiding cow’s milk protein for your diet.

What is lactose intolerance?
Lactose is a sugar found in mammalian milks (this includes mothers milk and any animal milk). An intolerance is when a baby cannot break down and digest lactose, because the body does not produce the enzyme lactase which is needed for the digestion. This is a life long condition. Symptoms include;

  • Liquid, frothy and green stools
  • irritable baby
  • Gaseous/windy baby

The symptoms of lactose intolerance is very similar to CMP allergy, therefore diagnosis can be tricky. To confirm the intolerance, a hydrogen breath test can be performed or elimination diet (removing all foods to determine if symptoms improve). I would recommend seeking advice from Doctor/Dietitian before eliminating foods from your child’s diet because lactose is found in a large group of foods and you do not want your child to become deficient in essential nutrients.

Breast feeding/Formula:
Unfortunately most commercial formula’s contain lactose and breast milk also contains lactose, therefore choosing a lactose free formula will help with symptoms. Breast milk has high nutritional value, therefore, I would recommend alternating your bub’s breastfeeds with a lactose free formula and persisting with breastfeeding.

To break it down for you:

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