When we were getting CF explained to us, it was always mentioned how the CF diet required extra fat and calories and salt. I didn't worry about it too much as Ruby was still on intravenous TPN, let alone solids. I envisaged changes like switching from low fat yoghurt to full fat.
That's not quite what they meant.
|avocado mixed with Greek yoghurt and grated cheese.|
I could feed Ruby McDonalds for breakfast lunch and dinner and get a thumbs up from the nutritionist. I could dip her fruit in chocolate and call it a healthy meal. I could feed her a stick of butter for a snack... ewwwww.......
But I don't want to do that.
So I use other things instead. Here is a typical days meal for her at 9 months old
Breaky: 2 weetbix with chia seeds and milk, or bowl of Greek yoghurt with chia gel. Vegemite on toast.
Snack: cheese (loves cheese!), avocado, tomato and sultanas
Lunch: meat fingers (made with beef mince, grated vegies, coconut oil)
Snack: baked beans and grated cheese
Dinner: fritata type thing I make in the bowl with egg and vegies and cheese and microwave. Washed down with a drink of Hydralyte
Desert: chocolate (plenty left from Easter still!)
Plus 3 - 4 bottles of fortified formula per day
|The snackbox in the CF dietitian's room|
Before, she was on solids, I did my research. I finally felt like a had a heads up on something. Time to prepare, time to learn. Here was a way I could take control of my baby's health. No prescriptions needed. I could research and make my own decision as to what I felt was best for her. Some interesting thing I have found.
Broccoli helps clear damaged lungs as well as being a great immunity booster
Coconut oil is amazing! Google it! The parts that I like are: increased immunity, proper digestion, had Vitamin K & E, and is has the highest amount of fat. And it smells good!
Chia seeds are also high in fat and are known as a "superfood". They can be mixed with water to make a gel, and have no taste.
|raw tomato, tuna and cheese covered broccoli & carrots|
I don't do the whole calorie counting thing, I just feed her as much as possible. I adjust the amount of enzymes when I notice her poo is oily, or if I am told to. At the moment, Ruby has 2 capsules/scoops of Creon 5000 for every meal unless the meal is very low fat or I think most of it will end up on the floor.
Sometimes I feel like I'm trying to fatten up a prize goose to take to market! But I enjoy it, it is therapeutic, and Ruby certainly isn't complaining!
|zucchini & mushrooms sauteed in lotsa butter|
|cheesy tuna & vegie rissoni with coconut oil|