About 2 weeks ago we touched down in our home land, Africa. Its always good to be back after you’ve been away a while, familiarity is sweet. We are not sure yet how long we will be here or where to next but we are working on it… in the meantime though I’ve been using all my free time figuring out how to keep my skin hydrated in this cold, dry weather we are having in Johannesburg at the moment. If you follow me on Facebook you would have seen my post a day or two ago about RAW honey masks and the benefits, honey is seriously not just a pretty face! I go through it by the liter in my house, kind of like winnie the pooh only I use it for a lot more than just eating. I use it for just about anything, there’s very few things that honey can’t fix!
“Give me a fever and I can cure the child.”
“The pervasive belief that fever is dangerous and must be suppressed disregards the scientific evidence demonstrating its beneficial role in inflammatory diseases. The immune system depends on the fever to accomplish myriad tasks when gearing up to fight infections”
It seems one of a parents most stressful times is when their child is sick and/or feverish… I was very fortunate to not have experienced that for the first 2 years of my daughters life but when I did, it had to be a night my husband was out of the country and I had no idea what to do. I just lay there all night drifting in and out of restless sleep waiting for the moment when I would wake to find my daughter had succumbed to brain damage and it would be all my fault! I dont know which state was worse – being awake and just staring at her trying to see if the brain damage – that I was sure was coming – had gotten ahold of her, or being asleep and having nightmares about my permanently damaged child. The horror! We made it though and in the morning she was not brain damaged. The relief! Her fever went up and down slightly for the next two days but it never got quite as bad as the first night and then it just passed.
As I do, I took to the old “trusty” internet to provide me with some answers as to how it is possible that my child was not brain damaged when EVERYONE knows that is what happens!!! I had to find out if there was there more to this whole fever thing. This is what I have learnt (there are links and references for further reading at the end).
I’m a huge fan of almond milk and in Thailand where we do not have easy access to farm fresh, raw milk I have really been embracing almond milk and I’ve been super pleased to see that my daughter didn’t even flinch when I secretly swapped normal milk for almond milk in her cereal and she is not keen on strange, unusual tastes.
Almond milk is a good source of the antioxidant vitamin E, so it can help prevent cancer and slow the signs of aging. The flavonoids in almond milk also help to reduce the number of free radicals in the body, protecting you from a number of degenerative diseases, such as osteoporosis and type 2 diabetes. It is high in omega 3 fatty acids and has no saturated fats. Compared to soy and rice milk, almond milk has the highest concentrations of vitamins and minerals so its a great alternative if you are not keen on regular shop-bought milk. However, if you have a tree-nut allergy I’ve heard you should rather avoid it or at least proceed with extreme caution.
I am a huge fan of smoothies and I think everyone could improve their health by adding a smoothie to their daily routine. I have experienced the benefits and I have seen it work with other people. It really is amazing! Someone asked me the other day for my smoothie recipe so I thought I would put it down here, because I can. These days I completely forgo my multivitamin (never mind that they were darn expensive and I have not noticed a single change in how I felt when I started or stopped them). I love a good smoothie because you can actually feel the difference, it takes a week or two of doing it every day to start to see the real benefits but almost immediately you will have more energy and just feel a certain healthy-ness about you.
A smoothie takes literally about 5 minutes to make, its not a drawn out process with specific measurements and certain ingredients its a ‘whats in your fridge’ kind of recipe.
So, the time has come and you’re ready to embrace what is going to be a very exciting but nerve racking and definitely messy part of your babies life. Starting solids is something most parents look forward to, especially with the first baby – its a whole new world! Here are some tips from myself and others who have travelled this road and I hope some of this can help make it slightly less nerve racking and a lot more exciting.
When To Start Solids?
Despite what your doctor, mom, granny, your friends granny tells you, experience does not triumph over scientific evidence – please wait until AT LEAST 6 months before giving your baby anything but milk. This is the first, but crucial, step in bettering your childs life.
No, your baby is not an exceptionally hungry baby that cannot be satisfied with milk (yes, that applies even if your baby has a larger or smaller than average body weight). No, your baby’s sleep patterns will not improve with the addition of solids. No, your baby does not need extra water because its hot out. No, your baby does not need to eat solids because they are able to sit and seem interested in your food – I am yet to come across a baby who doesn’t do those things by 4 or 5 months, it is a developmental milestone not a call for food.
These myths are not based on anything but very misled and uninformed opinions. Thanks to the wonderful world of technology and instant information at my fingertips, I am able to follow in the footsteps of those who have gone before me and put some of them to rest, again.
(links at the end of the article for more reading)