What to Feed Your Baby
FUN FACT: The lean human body is 74% fat and 26% protein by calories. Fats are a structural part of every human cell and the preferred fuel source of the mitochondria, the energy-burning units of each cell.
FUN FACT #2:: A fetus naturally uses ketones before and immediately after birth. The idea that ketones or ketosis is somehow unsafe for a baby is really silly. Babies are born with elevated blood ketones. Studies have shown that babies have high levels (above 0.5) even in a fed state and quickly rise above 2.0 within two hours or so of not eating anything. Here is the chart from this study (from our book Keto):
This makes sense. A baby has a very large brain in proportion to their overall body size. Brains are HUGE energy hogs. The body has to produce a lot of energy (glucose, ketones and fat) to supply the brain with enough fuel. For a baby, you can’t supply it all the fuel it needs with just glucose so ketones are also use, regardless of the diet they are eating.
There is a huge rise in obesity in children. As parents, we can change their fate! Babies and children are not driving to the store and buying food. You are in charge! Instead of giving them sugar at a young age, you can influence their pallets by giving them bone marrow, bone broth and healthy super foods like animal protein!
You can now buy chocolate baby formula! How disturbing is that? This photo below is showing a baby sucking on animal fat that I found in a cute movie called Babies, it was made in 2010. It was really interesting to watch the different cultures and what babies are fed.
Sadly, parents often think that rice cereal is the first food to introduce to a baby. Dr. David Ludwig of Children’s Hospital Boston, a specialist in pediatric nutrition, says some studies suggest rice and other highly processed grain cereals actually could be among the worst foods for infants. Babies don’t even produce the enzyme amylase, which is the essential enzyme for breaking down starch. The baby’s small intestine basically only produces one enzyme for starch, lactase; which is for the digestion of lactose. Feeding grains too early will cause food allergies later on in life because the protein in the grains sit in the stomach too long. This will cause the baby to have acid reflux.
“The number one ingredient in what we call rice ‘cereal’ is processed white rice flour. That’s all the rice there is. There are also some vitamins and minerals sprinkled in that babies could easily get in other ways. These don’t make this gateway junk food healthy … Metabolically, it’s not that different from giving babies a spoonful of sugar.” Stanford-based pediatrician Dr. Alan Greene.
Parents desperately go to the doctor for help; most likely putting the baby on acid blockers. This is the WORST thing to do because the stomach is a very acid environment with a pH at 2 or less. Stomach acid is essential for to absorb vitamin B-12 and minerals that allow you to release hormones from the pancreas, without which can lead to development of diabetes.
Stomach acid also helps breakdown protein. When you don’t have stomach acid to breakdown food, undigested proteins sit like a rock in the intestines. This slowly eats holes in your intestines and this inflammation begins a detrimental snowball effect. When you start to have holes in your intestines, food starts to leak into your bloodstream (leading to leaky gut syndrome). This is awful because the immune system goes into overdrive to kill the unknown substances in the blood…NOW we have food allergies! So if you are feeding the baby grains and cow’s milk, they will most likely develop a wheat and dairy allergy…oh boy!
There has recently been a 16X increase in the use of acid reflux medicine in infants. Even though a study showed that there was no difference in infants from a placebo! When families eliminate common allergens such as dairy, soy and wheat from the baby’s and breastfeeding mother’s diet, by day 3 or 4 the infants no longer suffer from acid reflux. This means a total elimination! Not just the 80/20 rule. It takes a lot of commitment by the family, but it is well worth the effort.
Milk based formulas often cause allergies while soy based formulas contain growth inhibitors, mineral blocking phytic acid, and plant forms of estrogens that has adverse effects on hormonal development. Soy formula is also devoid of cholesterol which is essential for the brain (our brains are 60% cholesterol!) and nervous system.
What Did I Feed My Baby?
It may sound weird but in reality what I fed my baby was quite traditional!
1. Bone Broth
His first food besides breast milk (I had a friend pump for me), was my homemade beef broth.
Bone broths are …one of the most nourishing foods. It is so medicinal that if I could bottle up into a pill, the pharmaceutical companies would be broke.
Because broth can be regarded as a liquefied form of the important components of bones, the medicinal benefits of bone broth are attributed to the exceptionally high levels of minerals and amino acids. In fact, bone broth can be considered both a high-quality multi-mineral and protein supplement. Stock contains minerals in a form the body can absorb easily—not just calcium but also magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulfur and trace minerals.
No, this isn’t apple juice… it is bone broth! I make a pot for my son Kai once a week to put into his bottle. When he sees this when he wakes up his legs start to kick a mile a minute! He LOVES this stuff!
Here is Kai signing “Please” (he would flick hi ear for “Please” or “More”) for more of his bone broth!
2. Bone Marrow
Bone Marrow is like a savory jello! It is soft and creamy and oh so delicious!
Bone Marrow is filled with nutrients and helps with bone building (most of our bones are built before the age of 18).
3. Salmon Puree with salt (and bone marrow!)
4. Ground Beef with salt
You know we love our beef and that beef is one of the most nutrient dense foods! It is more nutrient dense than any fruit or vegetable! Check out this chart from our book Keto: The Complete Guide to Success!
5. Organic Egg Yolks with salt
Organic Egg yolks are rich in choline, cholesterol and other brain-nourishing substances. Yolks can be added to your baby’s diet as early as four months, as long as baby takes it easily. (If baby reacts poorly to egg yolk at that age, discontinue and try again one month later.) Cholesterol is vital for the insulation of the nerves in the brain and the entire central nervous system. It helps with fat digestion by increasing the formation of bile acids and is necessary for the production of many hormones. Since the brain is so dependent on cholesterol, it is especially vital during this time when brain growth is in hyper-speed. Choline is another critical nutrient for brain development.
A study published in the June 2002 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition compared the nutritional effects of feeding weaning infants 6-12 months of age regular egg yolks, enriched egg yolks, and an otherwise normal diet. The researchers found that both breastfed and formula-fed infants who consumed the egg yolks had improved iron levels when compared with the infants who did not. In addition, those infants who got the egg yolks enriched with extra fatty acids had 30 percent to 40 percent greater DHA levels than those fed regular egg yolks. No significant effect on blood cholesterol levels was seen.
The best choice for baby is yolks from pasture-fed hens raised on insects since they will contain higher levels of DHA. Why just the yolk? The white is the portion contains the protein and that most often causes allergic reactions, so wait to give egg whites until after your child turns one. Don’t neglect to put a pinch of Redmond Real salt on the egg yolk.
6. Most of the proteins we ate that day, such as fish, beef, pork, venison, lamb, chicken.
We made into purees of what we were eating in the beginning (being mindful, and omitting any food that could cause a potential allergen); then once our baby could chew, we added more texture so he could chew the food.
7. Quality Salt (Redmond’s Real Salt which is free of microplastics in other sea salts)
Remember to add a quality healthy salt like Redmond Real Salt (click HERE to find and use code Maria15 for 15% off) to the baby food. This will help with constipation. The colon needs salt! The colon does not need prune juice or fiber!
While many books warn against giving salt to babies, salt is actually critical for digestion as well as for brain development. Use unrefined Redmond Real salt to supply a variety of trace minerals.
As parents, we want to give our children the best we can! Give your children the best health by starting them off early with a healthy palate where they do not constantly crave sugar but crave healthy savory food! You are in charge! What you feed your babies will change their future.
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