People who know me, even a little, know that I am a pretty clean eater. No I’m not 100% healthy but in comparison they think I’m pretty close. Knowing all of the nasty ingredients that are so commonly used in our food, I’ve chosen to be pretty picky about what goes in my body. Especially since I work at a hospital and witness all of the ailments people suffer from eating a standard American diet.
When I became a mom, I vowed that my kids wouldn’t eat the chemical laden foods that are virtually everywhere however I didn’t realize how hard it would be to implement this. Recently, I have wondered if it’s worse to have them avoid these foods all the time. We went to a birthday party for my 9 year old nephew a month ago and even though we ate before and brought healthier alternatives for snacks my 5 year old daughter was frustrated and felt left-out when delicious looking and smelling pizzas appeared in front of all of the other guests. She quickly looked to me knowing she wouldn’t be allowed to eat this food with everyone else.
I am constantly wondering if it’s worse for me to group food like I do into three categories: healthy, healthier alternatives, and garbage food, or if I should just let her eat these toxic foods when we are at events on the rare occasions or when she’s out. I feel like she already has a stigma about food since we have brought her meals and snacks to preschool ever since she was just staring to eat at about 7 months.
I, personally, wish my family knew how nasty the food I ate growing up was and maybe I wouldn’t have suffered with the food sensitivities that I am still dealing with and that maybe I wouldn’t have suffered the side effects (migraines, gut issues, and acne) when I was younger. I also believe that with knowledge comes responsibility. I feel sad when my daughter exclaims it’s not fair to be left out, but on the other hand it’s my job, as a parent, to protect her from danger as much as possible because these ingredients have been proven to be dangerous. It’s not like my daughter has never had sugar or candy or pizza we just choose to eat healthier alternatives when we do eat these treats.
So, I want to know your thoughts regarding this topic. To give you more info regarding the toxic ingredients that are commonly in food or food products I’ve added this link from food-babe.