SWIP Toddler Food Plan
Toddler is a child between 12 and 36 months of age. During this period of development the child acquires a sense of autonomy and independence through the mastery of various specialized tasks such as control of body functions, refinement of motor and language skills, and acquisition of socially acceptable behavior, especially toleration of delayed gratification and acceptance of separation from the mother or parents. A young mother with a toddler is misdirected by media, friends and grandparents. Everybody wanted to show their love and affection by sharing their experience of bringing up children. Grandparents pamper their grand children by offering them real food or junk food at odd timings.
Remember human child has a harmony in his/her body system since the birth. As growth and development is happening in the body, any toxic food introduced at this stage goes into the deeper layers of developing body organs and will result in their dysfunction at a later age. Science has proven that poor selection of food at this tender age leads to serious health disorders which manifest physically approximately at the age of 20 plus.
In my clinical practice I see that general status of health of an infant or a toddler is being declined. Malnourished babies have pale complexions, dark circles, are under weight and suffer from recurrent chest or stomach infections. Common causes are undernourishment during pregnancy, poor quality of mother’s milk, early introduction of formula milk and unhealthy foods given. Mothers should breast feed their infants till the age of two years to give them a strong immune system and balanced mental health as well. If due to some medical reason mother is unable to nurse the baby, then give them goat milk or diluted cow’s milk. Start their day with milk feed, give them milk always about 30-60 minutes before solid food and never mix it with food. Weaning starts from 6th months onward, and always introduce one food at a time and carry on with that food for 3-5 days. Food options are yolk of half boiled organic egg, sweet yogurt, mix fruit puree, semolina or suji kheer, brown rice pudding or kheer, egg pudding, potato pudding or kheer, mash potato with raw butter or cream cheese till the age of one year. Give brown rice khichiri or whole grain wheat cereal with mince, vegetables, bone broth or yakhni at their major meal timings after the age of one year. At age 2 start your traditional meals like whole wheat chapatti with curries. Egg noodles, whole grain pasta, fish, are other healthy food choices but avoid artificial sauces and taste enhancers. For better bone and muscle growth give your toddler soups or yakhni. Give them natural desserts for good brain development. Mix nuts should be part of their snack time, make energy snacks with grains and nuts. Power of mix nut can be added
in soups, desserts or even khichiri. Dry fruits like dates, raisins, berries, apricot, prunes or figs should be given at their snack time. Forget about the quantity of food but do follow the basic food discipline according to SWIPE 8-rules of Correct Eating.
FOODS WHICH SHOULD BE AVOIDED
• Formula Milk.
• Processed Cereals.
• Packaged juices, fizzy drinks and fruit concentrates.
• Avoid burgers, pizza, chicken products, candies, and chocolates.
• Avoid prathas or fried stuff before the age of two years.
Try to avoid allopathic medicines as much as possible, because they will make their liver dysfunctional and disease is seen at an early age. Children suffering from ADHD, autism, allergies are having dysfunctional liver since young age. A dysfunctional liver makes a child cranky, restless and suffers from poor immunity.
DO NO’T USE MICROWAVE TO MAKE YOUR BABIES FEED.
TRAIN YOUR BABY TO SLEEP EARLY AT NIGHT.
DON’T MAKE YOUR CHILD A SCREEN ADDICT.
PARENTS SHOULD NEVER SPEAK LOUD OR FIGHT IN FRONT OF THEIR CHILD