Secret Diet Tips from a Hemo Mom

Diet Healthy eating Hemophilia Mom Tips

Much comes with being the mother of a severe hemophiliac. One of the more difficult struggles I have had personally with all the new changes in the last year is diet.

With severe hemophilia, the condition can target joints in the body. Meaning, if there is an injury to a joint, it can not only cause internal bleeding in that area, but also joints could have frequent inflammation.

For Grayson, his "target" joints are his ankle and elbow. I did a lot of research in the beginning, trying to learn how to improve all aspects of his well being. I spoke with doctors on the same issue. A common answer was DIET!

❗️To eat healthy unfortunately can become expensive. The trick is to limit portions and have a variety of options. If you eat the same foods all the time, you will continuously be buying those foods. Grayson LOVES strawberries. He will eat them all day every day if we let him. So if he wants strawberries, he gets a few strawberries, and I will add some grapes and apple slices to his plate. Portioning like this has made an enormous difference in our grocery bills.

👩‍🍳👨‍🍳The first thing I will always recommend for those who have kids that are picky eaters... let them help you cook! Both of my kids loves to help cook and always love the food they make. No matter what I can sneak in it. 

There are many foods that cause or worsen inflammation in the body. Fried foods🍗, processed foods🌭, foods containing preservatives🍔.... the list goes on. This wasn't very encouraging for me as a mother. Grayson is a very picky eater. I had no clue how I would get him to stay away from fried food (chicken nuggets), processed sandwich meat, and SUGAR🍭🍩🍰! Kids love sugar!!

This was not an overnight change. It was a very gradual process. It has been extra work, but I am willing to do it for him and his well-being. Instead of fried chicken nuggets, we do baked chicken nuggets or cook them in the air fryer. The air fryer makes them a little more crispy. If we use oil for anything, we use avocado oil or coconut oil. Most of the food in our house no longer contains preservatives, nitrates, and are not processed.

Veggies🥦🥕.... some kids just HATE vegetables! 😜 My kids are not fans of any type of vegetable. This was a huge struggle. I have learned how to hide veggies in the food I prepare for them. Spinach, carrots, tomatoes, broccoli... I have become a PRO at this. The trick is to chop the veggies up very fine. I use my #ninja for this. Having macaroni and cheese (whole grain, of course)? Add finely grown carrots (make sure it's smooth...not gritty) to the cheese! Kids won't even notice! Spinach is my go-to! It grounds up so nicely, and you can add it to anything. At first, my kids would ask what the green specs were that were in their food. My answer.... seasonings. If they didn't think it was spinach, if they thought it was seasonings, they would eat whatever I made and lots of it.

Don't get me wrong; I still have them eat veggies on their plates. The amount is not nearly what they should be consuming. As moms, we have to get creative sometimes. 🤔💡

💥 The secret ingredient that I put in all our food is..... turmeric. Turmeric contains curcumin and is known for helping reduce inflammation. It is very good, and for our family, it has been beneficial. I have noticed a difference with Grayson's target joints since we started including this in our diets. Reduced inflammation is very noticeable.

🤫I have another turmeric secret. But we will discuss that another day. Stay tuned.

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