Your microbes are what you eat...
I find the big challenge is that it can take many attempts to get a new food or dish on the accepted list with my children. However I continue to expose my children to new tastes and flavours, and even if they shout a profound ‘no’ on the first attempt I try (and try!) again, often the exposure leads to a taste, and that good feeling afterwards leads them to wanting it again.
What also helps is seeing their mum and dad enjoying it, so whilst we can’t often eat as a family during the week, we make sure we sit down for family meals on Saturday and Sunday… and mix the ‘menu’ up!
It makes sense, what you eat influences your microbiota, if your long term dietary intake is high in carbohydrates or fat this will alter which bacterial species dominate. The type of the carbohydrate source is also important; i.e. whether it contains high resistant starches. Resistant starch is the name given to soluble fibre that essentially passes through the stomach and small intestine undigested. It reaches the colon where it provides food for the beneficial microbes…. Try and find ways to incorporate resistant starch foods in to your family’s diet, these are onions, garlic, artichokes, asparagus, endives and green banana to name a few!
“By nurturing your gut microbes through improving diet, minimising antibiotic use, and reconnecting with nature (and all the microbes it contains) you can improve the health of this community.”
Justin and Erica Sonnenburg – Gut Reactions