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post #101 of 185
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Originally Posted by AverysMomma View Post
Amen, lady. Drives me to pure madness to think of how many people gulp it down all day...there just isn't enough awareness I think, it's *SO* bad! Ugh!
My inlaws were just in town to see the boys and my MIL loves diet soda. She knows how I feel about this subject and about him drinking that stuff. Well, we went out to lunch and she poured sobe lean into his water. And when I dumped it out and refilled it with regular water everyone was so mad at me. But that stuff is just NOT normal.

We went to a family bbq and someone had decided to cover the strawberries in splenda and when I wouldn't let my kids have them everyone thought I was crazy....glad to know I'm not alone
post #102 of 185
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Originally Posted by *Aimee* View Post
My inlaws were just in town to see the boys and my MIL loves diet soda. She knows how I feel about this subject and about him drinking that stuff. Well, we went out to lunch and she poured sobe lean into his water. And when I dumped it out and refilled it with regular water everyone was so mad at me. But that stuff is just NOT normal.

We went to a family bbq and someone had decided to cover the strawberries in splenda and when I wouldn't let my kids have them everyone thought I was crazy....glad to know I'm not alone

Most people in our circle of family and friends are very similar in tastes when it comes to natural/whole foods and so we don't have those problems a lot....I KNOW that if she is spending an afternoon with Nonnie, so that we can catch a movie or just take a nap together...that my babe is eating fresh organic foods and is being loved and recieving AP style, fun time. I am so thankful for this...I feel such a rage for some of you ladies who have to deal with inlaws pouring SOBE LEAN(?!) into your babies water, etc. It's just not right to step on your parenting like that, ugh!

But...that said...there are a few people in my life who "don't get why" things like aspartame are "such a big deal".

Look.....I love butter, I love nutella, I love (real, farm) bacon. I do not obsess over this or that in our diets....FOOD is not the enemy. We don't count calories or "watch carbs"...we just eat food. Good food. That's all.

If it's real, it's okay with me. Aspartame is not real. Like I said...food, is not the enemy. Genetically modified food, is the enemy. Aspartame, is the enemy. If it's not REAL...it's not food. Food is GOOOOOD!

So, yeah...I get you, mama!
post #103 of 185
My son is 1, but no no no he will not have soda. I've already decided that he will have "izze" (fruit juice mixed with seltzer water) instead of sodas. I'm sure as he gets older he will very very occasionally get one.
I'm very concerned about the high fructose. It's in EVERYTHING these days and I refuse to give him anything with it in it.
My neice (2) gets to drink cokes right from the can with dinner.
post #104 of 185
DH and I aren't soda/coke/pop drinkers so we rarely have the stuff at home. Occasionally I let DS indulge and have a bit, at a party or restaurant. I have occasionally bought 7UP or Sprite to help settle a tummy. DD hasn't had any yet and won't for awhile! Too young IMO. I think DS was about 5 before he had his first taste of coke.
post #105 of 185
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Originally Posted by *Aimee* View Post
My inlaws were just in town to see the boys and my MIL loves diet soda. She knows how I feel about this subject and about him drinking that stuff. Well, we went out to lunch and she poured sobe lean into his water. And when I dumped it out and refilled it with regular water everyone was so mad at me. But that stuff is just NOT normal.

We went to a family bbq and someone had decided to cover the strawberries in splenda and when I wouldn't let my kids have them everyone thought I was crazy....glad to know I'm not alone
THATS GROSS! BLAH! I wouldn't let my kids (or myself) go near cancer covered strawberries. Why would anyone do that? Strawberries are so good naturally. weird.
post #106 of 185
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Originally Posted by _betsy_ View Post

It kills me when waiters at restaurants ask what she'll have when taking a drink order. She always has a sippy of water in plain sight on the table already, so I just say she's all set. But seriously, people have expected me to order her soda since she was first sitting in a high chair, at what, maybe 8 months or so? Disgusting.

Who are the people? Do you mean the waitstaff have expected you to?
I used to waitress and I asked people what their kids wanted, too. I didn't expect them to say anything specific but they are customers (even if they're small) and who knows if their cup is empty or if they (their parents) want the kid to have some juice or water or ice or milk or something else? I don't think anyone expects people to order coke for a baby.
post #107 of 185
I have let dd have a non-caffinated soda a few times on very special occassions like Christmas. I also encourage her to have coca-cola when she throws up a lot because the doctor recommended it and it worked, she went from throwing up every ten minutes to not throwing up at all and I viewed that as a much better option than shoving a supository up her butt (something I am very sure she would not let me do willingly). I also used it once to try to boost her sugar quickly because she didn't have any in her urine and the doctor told me I needed to get something into her so her body would have energy to help her get better. She hadn't eaten for three days and was only sipping a little water. In these situations I did what the doctor said even though I didn't agree or like it because I was desperate and luckily the doctor turned out to be right.

I do worry about the things in soda, but I don't think it is horrible to give a child a soda on rare occassions.
post #108 of 185
Yes, we drink coke(I am from tn. I refuse to say soda or pop) on a daily basis. DS 1 loves Sprite so that is what he drinks. He also drinks a lot of water. DS 2 is only 4 weeks so of course he hasn't had any.
post #109 of 185
no sodas here and no HFCS here either.
post #110 of 185
both my kids have been able to drink soda on special occasions since they were 2 or 3...i figure there is no point in denying them stuff they are going to drink anyway as long as you teach them all things in moderation what is the problem? i notice alot of the posters saying they never drink soda themselves..god knows when thier kids grow up they will wanting to be doing worse stuff than soda in the real world what harm does coke or 7up do you....
post #111 of 185
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Originally Posted by cateerob View Post
i notice alot of the posters saying they never drink soda themselves..god knows when thier kids grow up they will wanting to be doing worse stuff than soda in the real world what harm does coke or 7up do you....
So we should just give up now?

I dont quite get this comment...

I dont drink coffee, soda, or juices that are not homemade. I drink herbal tea once in a while but 99% of the time it is just water. Same with my children. I dont see what this has to do with them growing up and doing worse things.
post #112 of 185
Soda was banned when I was growing up. I probably had a total amount of one can until I was in my teens lol.

But now my parents have grown lax and the younger siblings get soda at birthday parties.

I hate buying soda when eating out. I'd rather have water. DH and I don't drink soda/don't buy it when grocery shopping. Although I've been known to drink it at parties where it's available. I hate caffeine so I only drink orange or sprite.

Personally, I can't wait to let DD have a sip (maybe her birthday??) and watch her face lol But she won't be actually drinking any until she is older.
post #113 of 185
My oldest drinks soda but only because he is about as calm as calm can be. Nothing makes him hyper or gives him energy. It's just who he is, super laidback.

My youngest DD, however, completely opposite. I never give her soda. In fact, a few weeks ago we had a family get together and she shared a Coke with her little cousin and I only allowed it so I wouldn't look like a freak in front of everyone telling her no.
post #114 of 185
once in awhile. though we try to get soda with cane sugar rather than HFCS. we usually only have milk, water and herb tea in the house (it's rare that we have juice or soda around)
post #115 of 185
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Originally Posted by hippiemommaof4 View Post
it keeps me from puking when I have morning sickness, when all else fails I grab a coke when I am pregnant and cant do anything else to stop from feeling sick :-)
That's the only time when I "can't" tolerate sodas, during a pregnancy.
post #116 of 185
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Originally Posted by claddaghmom View Post
Soda was banned when I was growing up. I probably had a total amount of one can until I was in my teens lol.

But now my parents have grown lax and the younger siblings get soda at birthday parties.

I hate buying soda when eating out. I'd rather have water. DH and I don't drink soda/don't buy it when grocery shopping. Although I've been known to drink it at parties where it's available. I hate caffeine so I only drink orange or sprite.

Personally, I can't wait to let DD have a sip (maybe her birthday??) and watch her face lol But she won't be actually drinking any until she is older.
Sunkist orange soda has more caffeine in it than a coke or pepsi.
post #117 of 185
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Originally Posted by BellaClaudia View Post
how many of you do care and how many of you just let the little one have fun because everyone else is drinking it what is the case in my "hood".
No one in our house does anything because everyone else around us is doing it. If 'everyone' was doing heroin or another drug or jumping off the roof tops of a second story building would you allow your kids to do it so they fit in? I don't quite get that concept.
post #118 of 185
My MIL was horrified that I let him have chocolate milk (when I get mocha's, it's organic milk with free trade organic chocolate sauce) but he couldn't have the sobe lean. It's like one is REAL the other is NOT. I'm totally with you on the real foods thing.
post #119 of 185
No, I can't really think of a time where we've actively given him Coke. We did find him one time drinking from BIL's can of Coke he left on a lawn table. He was mighty happy too. I sometimes make fizzy drinks for him using juice and just carbonated water. But we rarely drink pop, so it's really a non issue.
post #120 of 185
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Originally Posted by mommy2maya View Post
Sunkist orange soda has more caffeine in it than a coke or pepsi.
Then that must not be the kind i'm drinking. Or the mind really is stronger than the body. A red bull can have me puking and shaking in 30 minutes.
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