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post #101 of 132
Yes, I try to make sure DS is eating healthful food most of the time and we cook most things - including DH's amazing pizza - from scratch.
But I just can't see a PBJ sandwich on whole wheat bread with my MIL's homemade jam or the birthday cake I make for him with good Belgian chocolate, butter and eggs as "junk."
And I don't want to be the person who would prevent my son from eating a hotdog with all the other kids at the block party or a popsicle from the corner store on a hot day.
Food isn't just fuel - it should be a joyful way to connect with our families and friends.
(And hey, I grew up with a mom who made her own granola and kelp smoothies and a dad who would feed me nothing but frozen fries and fish sticks when she went on a business trip.)
post #102 of 132
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Originally Posted by snoopy5386 View Post
I feel so stuck in the middle - like a crazy healthy freak amongst my mainstream friends and family to a horrible, unhealthy eater around my crunchy friends.
Yeah...I know that feeling.
post #103 of 132
I would have to say that, yes, I'm ok with my kids eating junk occasionally. Today my kids had Lunchables for lunch (crackers & cheese, a juice, and a Reese's) for a treat. They also eat lots of PB&J, but I do try to make it healthier by using whole wheat bread, almond butter I grind myself at the store, and jelly with no HFCS. My 4.5 year old is currently on a mission to eat me out of house and home and right now she's eating a quesadilla and a Clif's Z-bar. Not exactly health food but I don't think it's horrible. Half an hour ago she was eating a cupful of fresh, raw sugar snap peas.

I think it's all about moderation. If they ate nothing but chicken nuggets and french fries, yeah that's bad. But I was raised on a farm where we grew absolutely everything we ate, and never had junk food, ever. My first semester of college I hate literally nothing but Kudos bars dipped in Jiff peanut butter. Then I went through a drive-thru phase. I would rather my kids learn to make healthy choices for themselves and realize that it's ok to have a "treat" every now and again.

I remember visiting my mom after we had moved away, and showing up at the park and unexpectedly crashing a playgroup of all the MDC moms, who were staring me down as I walked up with Happy Meals.
post #104 of 132
The single best thing we did for our healthy food as well as not over eating is get rid of our microwave! It's been over 8 months since we've had one and it makes such a difference sometimes.

I also enjoy cooking and love to bake so making things from scratch being a SAHM is something I really enjoy doing for our little family. Some nights I am tired and we order a pizza but I don't beat myself up over it because the other times I make our pizzas from scratch with sauce from scratch...I think we all just do the best we can here although we are strive for the same thing which is feed our children and ourselves as well as we can.

On a side note, I am going to totally disagree with the PP who said that PBJ and pizza is junk food....

Made right both of these are actually pretty balanced and healthy meals/snacks and if you are worried about the sugar in the jelly just do a PBB (peanut butter and banana sandwich) which in my humble opinion is yummier than a PBJ any day of the week!
post #105 of 132
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The single best thing we did for our healthy food as well as not over eating is get rid of our microwave! It's been over 8 months since we've had one and it makes such a difference sometimes.
I miss mine once in a while, but overall, I agree. We didn't even use it that much, but the temptation to just "zap" something when in a hurry is gone. I do miss being able to heat up my moose and heart (microwaveable hot pads), and my coffee when I let it get cold. Other than that...just don't care much, yk?
post #106 of 132
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Originally Posted by an_aurora View Post
I remember visiting my mom after we had moved away, and showing up at the park and unexpectedly crashing a playgroup of all the MDC moms, who were staring me down as I walked up with Happy Meals.

I can well imagine...
post #107 of 132
Who cares how your friends eat? I mean really they can feed their children how they want to feed them and you can fed your children how you want to feed them.

I put a lot of time and energy into healthy foods because it is a high priority to our family. I don't expect others to do the same, and it's fine with me if my son has a few of your son's goldfish, or if your son has some of my sons pinto beans and avocado.

I think food and health go hand in hand and I am just not willing to compromise. Though I;m not going to stop my son from trying other foods, but we're not going to have them around because we just don't eat that stuff at our house. Sure we make our own pizza and cookies and even buy cookies sometimes, but it is not the everyday stuff we bring to the park, it is treats.

Eat and let eat!
post #108 of 132
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Originally Posted by goldingoddess View Post
Eat and let eat!
Beautifully said!

I am more relaxed about food than many of my mom friends, but I really would feel awful if they came away from my house feeling like a "mean mom" for not giving their children the treats my kid gets -- homemade waffles with maple syrup, Easter basket loot, hot cocoa, etc. And likewise I don't want to feel like a mean mom for not giving my son a diet of 100% awesome nutrition.
post #109 of 132
I couldn't stop rolling my eyes at some replies here, seriously...

My kids do eat junk food, except the baby, but oh well. My DD LOVES chocolate, candy, soda, juice, and all the junk delicious things there are. And here she has a lot of variety to choose from. And she's a healthy child, of course she's not eating junk ALL day but she has her treats everyday.
She's a really good eater and likes everything that touches her lips. You'll probably think what a horrible mother I am if you see me in the streets with a child holding a bag of Doritos on one hand and a bottle of Pepsi on the other My youngest DD adores candy as well.

But yes we eat junkfood. I don't have time to cook at times, actually I don't cook my MIL does. We have dinner at my MIL's house almost everyday becuase I work long hours on weekdays and when I get to have sometime for myself I don't want to cook. I don't have time to prepare homemade bread, jelly, etc.

I don't understand the whole craziness, and all the people I know eat this way.
post #110 of 132
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Originally Posted by Ldavis24 View Post
The single best thing we did for our healthy food as well as not over eating is get rid of our microwave! It's been over 8 months since we've had one and it makes such a difference sometimes.
Hmmm...we use our microwave to steam broccoli, to bake sweet potatoes, to reheat leftover homemade soup, to defrost frozen, homemade muffins, to warm 100% maple syrup, etc. Sure we could do that stuff on the stove or in the oven--but with two parents working, we often very little time in the evening to pull together a healthy dinner. It makes a HUGE different to be able to, say, cook a sweet potato in 4 minutes instead of an hour. I don't think it's the tools themselves that lead to unhealthy eating, but how you use them.
post #111 of 132
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I don't understand the whole craziness, and all the people I know eat this way.
I think a lot of what motivates the 'craziness' is that junk food/poor nutrition choices is the cause of childhood obesity, early onset diabetes, and I'm sure a whole host of other problems. And I don't think it's craziness, it just means that some people prioritize healthy food over other things in life.
post #112 of 132
I know that is causes obesity. I live in a country that has all sort of junk goodies for kids and they eat it all the time. And it has the highest life expectancy rate and lowest percentage of obesity.
post #113 of 132
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Originally Posted by goldingoddess View Post

Eat and let eat!
Ah, but you are suggesting that people forego the joys of parental oneupmanship, which is what threads like this are really all about
post #114 of 132
The RIGHT KIND OF Pb and J is not junk. The RIGHT KIND OF pizza isn't junk either. Homemade wheat breads with honey to sweeten, and organic natural peanut butter is great! It had good grains, and a great amount of healthy fat/protein. Pizza can be made super healthy as well.
post #115 of 132
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Originally Posted by goldingoddess View Post
Who cares how your friends eat? I mean really they can feed their children how they want to feed them and you can fed your children how you want to feed them.

Eat and let eat!
Truer words have (almost) never been written!

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Ah, but you are suggesting that people forego the joys of parental oneupmanship, which is what threads like this are really all about
See above. Who cares? I really, truly don't care what other people eat. We do the best we can, our DS eats more veggies than any other 7 year old I know, and sometimes he has French fries.
post #116 of 132
We eat healthy, whole foods and ingredients most of the time. Because of this, I'm fine with occasional treats and splurges.

That being said, we do avoid all animal products, HFCS, and really try to avoid artificial coloring/flavors.

To each their own.
post #117 of 132
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Originally Posted by NYCVeg View Post
Hmmm...we use our microwave to steam broccoli, to bake sweet potatoes, to reheat leftover homemade soup, to defrost frozen, homemade muffins, to warm 100% maple syrup, etc. Sure we could do that stuff on the stove or in the oven--but with two parents working, we often very little time in the evening to pull together a healthy dinner. It makes a HUGE different to be able to, say, cook a sweet potato in 4 minutes instead of an hour. I don't think it's the tools themselves that lead to unhealthy eating, but how you use them.
Yeah, I don't get what's so bad about a microwave, either. It saves SO much energy to cook a sweet potato in the microwave instead of the oven. That's also how I reheat much of my big-batch Sunday cooking over the week.
And anyway, HOW would a parent get a hot cup of coffee without a microwave? I swear I rehead the same cup of coffee two or three times.
post #118 of 132
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Originally Posted by ingriid View Post
I couldn't stop rolling my eyes at some replies here, seriously...

My kids do eat junk food, except the baby, but oh well. My DD LOVES chocolate, candy, soda, juice, and all the junk delicious things there are. And here she has a lot of variety to choose from. And she's a healthy child, of course she's not eating junk ALL day but she has her treats everyday.
She's a really good eater and likes everything that touches her lips. You'll probably think what a horrible mother I am if you see me in the streets with a child holding a bag of Doritos on one hand and a bottle of Pepsi on the other My youngest DD adores candy as well.

But yes we eat junkfood. I don't have time to cook at times, actually I don't cook my MIL does. We have dinner at my MIL's house almost everyday becuase I work long hours on weekdays and when I get to have sometime for myself I don't want to cook. I don't have time to prepare homemade bread, jelly, etc.

I don't understand the whole craziness, and all the people I know eat this way.
I get you. I work outside the home FT and typically for long hours. I'm not making my own bread, raising chickens or sprouting anything.
I'm NOT trying to slam you (and I don't know the realities of your life) but I don't get how junk food is faster. Surely it's just as easy to hand a kid a glass of water and a banana as it is Pepsi and Doritos? I personally think scrambled eggs or peanut butter on storebought wholewheat bread are totally reasonable choices for a quick meal and both are faster than ordering in.
And it really doesn't take me that long to make a vat of something on Sunday or for DH to make dough and sauce for a few pizzas a week.
post #119 of 132
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Originally Posted by Megan73 View Post
Yeah, I don't get what's so bad about a microwave, either. It saves SO much energy to cook a sweet potato in the microwave instead of the oven. That's also how I reheat much of my big-batch Sunday cooking over the week.
And anyway, HOW would a parent get a hot cup of coffee without a microwave? I swear I rehead the same cup of coffee two or three times.
I used a microwave extensively also and did not understand why some people didn't want them in their homes. I thought those people were old and out of touch. Then I read a lot about it and how they work. I no longer use a microwave. I have a counter oven that works nicely, or heat on the stove.

http://www.beyondhealth.com/site/art...wavedFoods.pdf

I eat organic and healthy and would not want to waste money by eliminating so much of the nutrition by microwaving it.
post #120 of 132
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Originally Posted by Megan73 View Post
I get you. I work outside the home FT and typically for long hours. I'm not making my own bread, raising chickens or sprouting anything.
I'm NOT trying to slam you (and I don't know the realities of your life) but I don't get how junk food is faster. Surely it's just as easy to hand a kid a glass of water and a banana as it is Pepsi and Doritos? I personally think scrambled eggs or peanut butter on storebought wholewheat bread are totally reasonable choices for a quick meal and both are faster than ordering in.
And it really doesn't take me that long to make a vat of something on Sunday or for DH to make dough and sauce for a few pizzas a week.
I agree with this 100%. There is just as "fast" healthy food as there is junk food. For dinner, whole wheat pasta takes 10 minutes to boil. With a jar of all-natural sauce or heck, with just some olive oil, garlic and salt, you can have a nutritious meal on the table in 20 minutes... less time than drive thru.

Junk food isn't faster. People are just conditioned by media hype to think so.
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