So we’ve covered what we eat on this whole dairy, grain and sugar free life, but what about our kids? Do they toe the line too? How can we justify cutting out two whole food groups when it’s only been proven that I’m the one that needs to cut it out?
These are all great questions. Which means I should probably answer them right?
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The easy answer is a bit of a mix really. Technically they are not on the exact same diet as us but they also are. Which means that there are some provisos to how it all works. Specifically…
- You will NOT catch me making two meals. Let’s be real. It’s hard enough to make one meal sometimes so there’s not a chance in hell that I will be making a second meal for fussy eaters. You get what you get and you don’t get upset.
- Except the aren’t always fans of what I make. Just the other day Knox had been having a hard time eating all the food in his bowl when he expressed his appreciation for my effort. “Mom, please only make this again when I’m dead“. So yeah. That went down a treat.
- For the most part they eat all of what we eat at home and it’s not an issue.
- In the lunchboxes we put in a variation of dried fruits, nuts, biltong, cold meats, rice cakes and then also sometimes cheese or yoghurt.
- When we go out they are allowed to order whatever they feel like eating which is usually pizza, pasta or a burger (children after my own heart there).
- When they go to their granny/friends/parties they literally eat it all. In abundance. So I don’t feel sorry for restricting it in our space at home.
Having read that you may assume that my kids are fairly healthy right?
They do get in quite a bit of fruit and veg every day. However, it’s usually very specific veg – butternut, carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, spinach, mushrooms and sweet potatoes. Some salady things too – lettuce, tomato and cucumber. Oh and they also eat a fair amount of fruit – strawberries, apples, pineapple and bananas. It’s all specific because yes, I know how to make it taste decent now, but also I know that they will eat it without too much of a fuss (except Knox and mushrooms. My gosh the faces he pulls. I struggle to keep a straight face watching him).
Sounds pretty decent. But the thing is that there are like a hundred other fruits, vegs, salady things and herbs that are not getting into their bodies ever. I mean I try and all. But sitting at the table for an hour after the food’s gone cold, still threatening the kids to eat really eats away at my soul you know?!
I could just leave it at that. However as Mothers can we ever just leave our mom guilt right there? Nope. I can’t. Especially when it’s something I’m concerned about, having to personally take supplements and things to sort out my own life and all. I don’t want my kids to bee in the same position later on in life. I want to give their little bodies a fighting chance at having all the nutrients they need to build strong bodies and healthy minds.
Which is where Bio-Strath comes in.
It’s a completely natural daily supplement that gives the body all those nutrients that it needs from all of those different plants and foods that we tend to miss out on.
What is it? Well as I understand it (and let’s be clear, I’m not Doctor here, I’m just telling you what I’ve read), they make it with yeast. And if like me your first thoughts hearing yeast immediately bring to mind pizza and candida. You’re not alone in your strange thinking and hungry tummies. I was there too. But like with most things, you get good and bad of the same type of thing. This yeast is the good one – so don’t worry. Anyway, this yeast gets a secret blend of herbs and foods to feed on. You can read more on the exact process here.
The result is what I’m most interested in.
This supplement can be given to your kids every day and it will help with a whole range of things. For mood levels, energy and just the general high functioning of the body. In fact I also gave some of the tablets to my Mom to try to see if it would help her to not feel as zonked by the end of the day. She’s only been taking it once a day for less than a week and it’s made a small difference. She’s going to start twice a day to see how it helps her sleep at night (so keep watching, I’ll keep you posted).
With the kids it’s harder for me to tell the results so early on. We give it to them before school but then I’m not obviously with them at school to see if it’s made a difference. I will be checking in with their teachers in the next week or so to see if they’ve noticed a change.
Now, I read the ingredients in EVERYTHING so naturally when I saw that there was alcohol in the product I was concerned. In the liquid form it naturally contains some alcohol. Very small amounts but it is still there. It’s there because it ferments slightly and as a result alcohol is made – it is NOT added, obviously. This is not the case with the tablets, only the liquid.
With the alcohol situation I was dubious. I don’t want to start exposing them to this from a young age – with the history of addiction on both sides of our family, it probably wouldn’t be the smart thing to do. Even though when you actually do the math it is SUCH a tiny little bit. So I still raised this with the people at Bio-Strath because I’m sure it’s something you’d be curious about too. And here’s what I found out.
When you eat an apple for example, your body actually makes alcohol in your tummy while it ferments. Not a lot but it does. It’s actually from fruit with a pip inside it that this special yeast is harvested – it comes from just under the skin of those fresh fruits. So eating a couple of those fruits (apples, peaches, plums etc) a day and you’d end up with more alcohol in your system than if you’d had a dose of the supplement.
The girls absolutely love it, I have no issues at all with them taking it in the liquid form.
It apparently has a bit of a Milo taste about it. And if you are wanting to hide it from your kids altogether you could add a spoon of Bio-Strath and a spoon of Milo to warm (but not boiling milk) and they’d be none the wiser!
Riya gave it superhero five. Knox on the other hand is still our problem child, so we’re probably going to go back to the spoon. Maybe even halving the dose until he gets used to it.
All in all I’m sure that this is going to help them to be their best selves. Giving them the opportunity to concentrate, build healthy bodies and the energy to keep going every day.