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Why I Need Nutrition Supplement For My Vegetarian Kids

posted by Mommy Tincture August 18, 2017 0 comments

My elder son is an extremely picky eater. In last the 3 years after he stopped breastfeeding, I really do not remember a time when I have not been worried or bogged down because my son wasn’t eating enough. He was hardly eating, I was quite convinced that he was definitely falling short on significant nutrients that he requires in his initial years of growth. By the time he was 2 years old, I was contemplating various options on how I could supplement the nutrition that he was falling short of.

In the meanwhile, I met a cousin who had kids slightly older than my son and shared with her my concerns about his eating habits and how I need to start some supplements for him. I remember mentioning to her very categorically that how she was lucky that her kids were enthusiastic eaters and she did not have to worry about supplementing their nutritional requirements.  She took a deep sigh and told me that as vegetarians, we ran a high risk of losing out on various nutrients that vegetarian foods cannot provide adequately. Thus she too had to resort to health food drink for her kids. Her reply surprised me and I decided to take this up with my doc.

On my next visit to the family doctor I brought up the issue and following were my most significant points to take away from the discussion –

  1. A meal devoid of meat, fish and eggs is generally devoid of sufficient amount of nutrients like vitamin B12, vitamin D, calcium, Omega-3 etc.
  2. Though most of the above nutrients are available in milk and dairy products, they may not be sufficient to fulfill the needs of a healthy growth rate among children.
  3. Vegetarian or non-vegetarian picky eaters run a risk of hampered growth due to various deficiencies from an age as early as 2 years onwards.
  4. Nutrients such as DHA and Choline play a vital role in development of brain cells. Incidentally DHA is available in extremely limited vegetarian food items such as flax seeds, soy products etc. And introducing these foods to toddlers may be a little tricky especially in case of picky eaters.

Thus my family doctor’s safest bet to ensure that my kid got all the nutrients that he needed was to introduce him to a health drink that contained all the necessary nutrition to ensure healthy physical and brain development and at the same time was tasty enough to make it easy to include it in his daily diet.

I had been prescribed a mother’s health drink by Horlicks’ during my pregnancy. And as I recalled my pregnancy that was laced with food aversions, the health drink was a high point of my meal routine that I looked forward to. Thus I checked with my doc if Junior Horlicks’ was a good choice. Once he approved of the alternative, I began by mixing a small quantity of Junior Horlicks’ in my son’s milk, so as to acclimatize him with new taste. To my relief he took it positively, so within a week I was adding the prescribed quantity to his daily milk intake.

Within a couple of months,I could see some definite positive effects. Ability to engage himself in any activity with sustained level of interest was one of the most significant impacts. Also, earlier my little one used to be extremely fidgety and lacked interest in following instructions. His reactions to certain situations were sometimes very aggressive. But with time, he began to look more composed and confident about himself and displayed significant improvement in terms of following instructions at play-school.

Even if I discounted the behavioral irregularities to growth spurts and credited the subsequent settling down of the same to time, I felt very nice about a health drink in my kid’s otherwise stingy diet routine, because I knew that not only was it aiding in proper brain development, but was also a source of sufficient proteins to provide for a good physical growth and not to forget, its immuno-nutrients were actively working towards a stronger immune system.

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Why SHEROES SUMMIT Kolkata 2017 touched my heart

posted by Mommy Tincture August 7, 2017 0 comments

An event such as SHEROES SUMMIT Kolkata 2017 is a significant leap towards fostering a culture of inclusion in our society.  It is imperative that women are treated as equals and her priorities are respected and encouraged.

Educated women in our country suffer from a condition I call the Stuck-At-Home-Post-Marriage-Or-Kids-Syndrome. For almost 25 years of their lives, girls mark equivalent achievements as their male counterparts. And then one day a knight in shining armour comes riding on a horse and flips her life upside down. Continue Reading

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New Book Review – The 23rd Girl

posted by Mommy Tincture July 1, 2017 3 Comments

I picked up reading as a hobby very late in my life. It was only during the last year of my graduation that I took to reading ardently. When I did start taking reading seriously, I often wondered why there were so few Indian authors in the commercial fiction genre. Keep in mind this was 15 years back. The last decade to my delight has seen a surge in this number and has brought a revolution in the reading demographics of our country. People relate to Indian fiction more than the western ones and the youth is able to pick books for the sheer fun of reading a story that they can relate to. A high percentage of these books by the new age authors are essentially love stories and every novel brings a new aspect of love to the table.

One of the latest addition to the riot of romantic colours is the new book by Divya Ratan and Rohan Kachalia, ‘The 23rd Girl’

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Being Fair to Working Women for Becoming Mothers

posted by Mommy Tincture June 29, 2017 2 Comments

Sree had been working as an insurance underwriter with a reputed bank for last 4 years. In these four years, she had never availed leaves for more than a week or 10 days at a stretch. Even for her wedding, she had taken only 10 days off – 3 days before the wedding and a 5-day honeymoon. It was a decision that Sree and her husband had agreed upon so that both their jobs did not suffer. Sree had been 31 when she got married and the couple knew that the biological clock was ticking. When she conceived within 6 months of the wedding, the couple had been on the top of the world.
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Balenzia – Changing the way we pull up our socks

posted by Mommy Tincture June 24, 2017 1 Comment

Recently I went to a wedding ceremony, where I saw various members of the hosting family in the same costume; especially the father-son and mother-daughter duos. I must admit they looked stunning. But this caused my mood to take a nose dive, because I was like, “What matching trend can I follow with my boys?” And my rants of not having a girl surfaced for the nth time. My elder one who now understands all conversation walked up to me very innocently and said, “Mamma! Don’t get sad, we can wear matching jeans and socks.” Such is a child’s observation and logic, and he had a point!

I could’ve simply brought black socks or white ones and would have satisfied my quest to be able to wear matching stuff with my son. But I stumbled upon something that was quirkier. It was the Justice League socks for men, women and kids. The Justice League range by Balenzia has absolutely caught my fancy because of their theme. They are offering stylish and cool superhero themed socks. Now that my elder one understands the brotherhood of Spiderman, Superman, Batman etc, I was thrilled about getting the Justice League merchandise for him.

Balenzia for years now has held the reputation for manufacturing high-quality socks, which is perfect for consumers seeking stylish designs and cool products. They offer a variety of essentials, fashion and no-show premium foot accessory that are available in various options like mercerized cotton, bamboo and modal.

My review of the Justice League socks by Balenzia

Designs

There is a large range of designs to choose from. There is one in every colour for everyone in your family who is cool enough to wear a superhero on their ankles. I got a Pink ankle length and a blue one for my kid.

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Fabric

I am not sure which one of the above mentioned fabrics did I order, but they sure are cotton and extremely soft. They are suitable to be worn in all seasons without causing any discomfort. I have already washed Nik’s pair and it remains the same. There is no shrinking or hardening of the fabric.

Price

The ones’ in the picture above that I ordered are @Rs 299/- a pair. I would rate that as slightly costly. But I do not mind paying a slight premium for the theme and the quality fabric. Other products are available at a price ranging Rs. 109- 599 available across all leading retail stores and online at Balenzia along with stores like Amazon, Flipkart, Snapdeal, Jabong etc.

If you have followed my write-ups in the past, you already know that I am a person with a minimal fashion philosophy. Minimal here means I do not pay too much attention to the latest and uncomfortable trends. Decking up too much isn’t my thing. And I apply the same fashion ideology with my kids. I strongly believe that my kids should feel more comfortable than they should feel in style. Yet, there are some fashion trends that I would gladly follow as far as the boys are concerned.  The Justice League accessory range is one of them.