Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Rotation Diet

Our GI specialist has us using a "rotation diet" with Analise now that she is on solids. It is a bit of a challenge, but possible. I will say it is a good thing I don't mind making my own babyfood, since it can be difficult to find individual fruits or veggies. Mixing them isn't a problem, but working them into the rotation is! Basically Analise eats 3x/day, and is not allowed to repeat a food (fruit, veggie, meat, carb, cereal, etc) within that day, or for 5 days thereafter. Obviously meats and cereals are particularly tough and we just do what we can. I have found the meats to not only be more cost effective, but also more palatable for her. I tried pureeing our dinner one night (pork tenderloin) but she wasn't impressed! The hard part is that she likes variety within each meal. We are also still avoiding berries and citrus. Here is what we are using:

Meats:
Chicken
Turkey
Beef
Ham
Veal

Veggies:
Green beans
Wax beans
Peas
Broccoli
Carrots
Sweet Potatoes
White potatoes (in theory haven't bothered with these yet)
Squash
Beets (they suggested this, but I still don't see the nutritional benefit)
Pumpkin
Lima Beans
Spinach
Cauliflower (if I do a medley)

Fruits:
Banana
Avocado
Peaches
Pears
Apples
Plums
Apricots
Mango
Prunes

Cereal:
Rice
Oat
Mulitgrain

Finger foods:
Puffs
Plain Cheerios
Rice
Whole Wheat pasta

I actually have a calendar to plan out her meals each week! I am anxious for her to get beyond the purees already!

2 comments:

  1. Wow, that is quite the challenge! I would never survive, I am such a meal repeater! Can you give the same finger foods or do you have to rotate those as well?

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  2. I do believe we are supposed to rotate everything, but I just do what I can. She is still very new to finger foods and self feeding. In the last week, we did whole wheat pasta, brown rice, puffs, cheerios, and bananas. Since she doesn't actually eat a whole lot of them at this point, I haven't scheduled them, but just mentally rotate them. I think we can only do so much!

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