Is dosing out capfuls of Miralax part of your daily routine? You’re not alone. Last summer, I met up with some running friends for dinner to chat about an upcoming race we had. We placed our orders. I asked for a pile of lettuce with a side of raw veggies and olive oil. I would have liked to order the yummy artichoke panini or something more filling, but I was in the middle of an extreme parenting experiment.
After receiving disturbing news and X-rays from the pediatrician regarding my child’s colon, I learned that extreme was just the path I needed to go. The doctor told me that my kid would probably need to live on Miralax for a year or more to be able to have regular bowel movements. What a topic huh? Poop. It’s just one of those topics that becomes normal for a mother. Some days we’re up to our heads in it. Instead of discussing the latest gossip, my friends and I discussed our children’s bowels. That’s a group of mother’s for you. I was surprised to hear that mine weren’t the only ones with this problem. This is a common thing. But what to do about it? That was my question.
The idea of having to dose out Miralax every day for the next few years didn’t sit well with me. I know they say it is 100% safe and non-addicting and all of that, which is great, I just wanted to get to the root of the problem. There’s got to be a better way, I thought. It was time to clean out and start over. We ate pretty healthy before, so we were going to have to step it up a notch. I was going on an all raw diet (which I LOVED) and taking my kids along for a semi-raw ride. All in the name of saving bowels!
Here is my disclaimer. I am not a doctor. I’m a mother. These are some of the things that worked for us. Take it or leave it. My kids don’t live on Miralax anymore. But it does require some effort to get those pipes moving.
Here are 14 Tips that may help:
Throw Away! 1 of 14Time to put the garbage in the garbage. (This will also help with any New Year's resolutions you may have to get healthier). Time to replace the processed foods in the pantry with snacks that aid the tummy! The best place to look for snacks is the fridge anyway. That food is perishable!
White is Not Your Friend! 2 of 14Stay clear of white rice, sugar, salt, white flour, white pasta. Seriously, if it's white, get rid of it!
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Your New Favorite Color is Brown 3 of 14Brown can be pretty! Accept it! Time to go 100% Whole Grain. Bob's Red Mill Makes it easy to bake and eat the foods you love with whole grain flours and mixes. These pancakes are great, your kids may never know the difference! Trust me, you LOVE brown!
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Seeds Are Not Only For Birds! 4 of 14Making seeds a part of your kitchen is easy and is so helpful when loading up on fiber! I recommend Ground Flaxseed and Chia Seeds. You can be sneaky with seeds and hide them in your kids food.
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Oats! Oats! Oats! 5 of 14Make oats your new best friend! Having your kids snack on granola instead of cookies will help their little tummies get moving and keep them feeling full and satisfied longer.
Click here for some great recipes using oats.
Hydrate! 6 of 14Every hour is drinking hour! Sometimes we forget to drink enough at our house. When we're busy, we don't hydrate like we should. That changed when I bought everyone in the house their own "special" water bottle. It follows them everywhere they go (school, car, bed, etc..). When my kids are home for long periods of time I set the timer to go off every hour and when it beeps it's time to drink! These water bottles keep water nice and cold all day.
Click here for this great bottle.
Be Sweet on Smoothies! 7 of 14If your kids like smoothies, you've just hit the jackpot! This is the most effective way, I have found to pump my kids full of all the good stuff. Here's our favorite smoothie to start the day: 1 cup milk (we use Rice Milk), 1 banana, 1 cup yogurt (choose yogurt that is high in protein and probiotics and low in sugar) 1 cup frozen berries, 1-2 handfuls of Spinach (they'll never know), 2 Tablespoons ground flaxseeds, handful of ice. Blend! Yum!
Here are some more smoothie recipes you may love.
Digest ZEN! 8 of 14This little bottle of oil is a miracle worker. Put a little olive oil on their bellies, and rub a drop of this oil clockwise on top of the olive oil to massage their little colons and get them moving.
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Get Juicy! 9 of 14Fill their glasses with the good stuff, not the stuff loaded with sugar.
We like these juices, they are pure and great!
More Brown! 10 of 14Remember how your new favorite color is brown? You can make yummy side dishes for dinner with Brown Rice instead of white pasta.
Try this recipe and see what you think!
Beans Always do the Job! 11 of 14Go crazy with beans! Bean burritos (heavy on the beans, light on the cheese) are a favorite here. Try substituting refried beans with black beans, which are LOADED with fiber.
Click here for a great black bean recipe.
Pile on the Fruit! 12 of 14Apples with the skin on and other really colorful fruits are like medicine. The positive side is they're sweet! Try to stick with what's in season and have it cut up and sitting out so they'll pick at it while playing.
Go Green for Goodness Sake! 13 of 14Peas, Avocado and Artichokes are high in fiber and super yummy. I know avocados are expensive, but so is being unhealthy. You choose!
Here is a great list of other high-fiber foods to load your plate with.
Move it Kid! 14 of 14Get your kids moving! In the winter we like to take breaks from chores and I have them run around the house two times or up and down the stairs 10 times. They LOVE it! It only makes sense, when the kids are moving, their insides move too!
Taking little steps in the right direction can really help your kids develop healthy habits and also spend more time in the bathroom! And like always, if you’re concerned about your child’s bowels, you should consult a physician.
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