Rebecca & Huia at a Tea Farm
Quite a while ago I asked Rebecca these questions about raising her gorgeous daughter Huia. My facebook page had a huge response as people lapped up Rebecca’s awesome tips for growing a healthy, spirited and loving child. Enjoy reading about the inspirational Miss Le Harle
Rebecca reads to Huia, Rafael and Nannie enjoys Rebecca’s home brewed tea
Huia is 2 years, 8 months.
What is your food philosophy for your child?
Food is fundamental to my daughters health, growth, immunity and mood. I am raising her vegetarian (aside from the odd bite of bakery ham & cheese bun that her father gives her!). My focus is on whole, organic plant foods, un-processed grains, plenty of healthy fats and delicious treats. Treats are whatever she is super excited over (currently: berries, raw cacao bars, coconut in all forms, eggs and an “on again off again” relationship with cheese). My bottom line in terms of her nutrition is: Purified water only and plenty of it, no cows milk, refined sugars make her crazy so I avoid them as much as possible, animal products must be organic and I abide by the “dirty dozen/clean fifteen” in terms of produce. What she gets outside of this will not harm her as long as she is getting plenty of wholesome goodness 95% of the time! Food is a social thing so I do not want her to ever feel isolated or like she is missing out.
What inspires you to feed your child the way you do?
My mother gave me the best start in life by feeding my brother and I the most wonderful diet. We were raised on a vegetarian-wholefoods diet and I remember my meals being super delicious and wholesome. I remember feeling really good and strong as a child. Things changed when we went to school and she was working full time, but that good foundation has always stuck with me. I am glad that I returned to those ways before my daughter came along! I want to give her the best that I possibly can while following her lead in terms of what she is drawn to. She loves potato chippies one minute, the other all she wants to snack on is edible flowers and greens from the garden. I trust her eating instincts as her tastebuds are used to the good stuff.
This is my specialty. Dried foods are wonderful, pack plenty of nuts, seeds, dates, organic dried apricots, dark chocolate, goji berries and snack bars and slices. Make up a container of scroggin before you leave if possible. I basically lived on scroggin and dark chocolate while travelling through Chile and I felt awesome. These will keep you full and nourished while you are looking for somewhere to eat and on long stretches between towns. Chocolate will keep moods high and soothe travel-worn souls. A good dose of magnesium rich, dark chocolate works a treat for Huia when she is restless on long car rides.
What are your 3 top snacks?
1. Kale chips – oh so hipster, but fricken delicious and ridiculously healthy. No-one in my family says no to a kale chip
I drink a lot of teas (herbal and green as well as yerba mate). These keep me hydrated and nourished, I also take medicinal mushrooms, oregano oil and olive leaf to keep my immune system strong. My dietary principles are quite strong so I make sure that my diet is as clean as possible – the Mama needs to be fighting fit to keep things rolling! I also do my best to get to bed early for much needed sleep. Being a Mum is hard work so I do my best make sure I am well rested and eating enough greens.
What brings balance to your family?
Making sure that we are spending enough time together and having adventures. Spending as much time outside being active and not too much in front of a computer = happy family.
I run and Olly rides his bicycle. One of my favourite things to do is a “Ride-Run” where Huia is on the back of his bike and I run alongside them.
‘Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.’ Dr Suess.