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post #81 of 132
I'm with you!
I went totally crazy when ds started eating solids. I read about each diet, which all claim to be the healthiest (no grain, vegetarian, vegan, etc) I got so confused and overwhelmed that I finally just said "Feed him well, don't freak if he eats not so great every once in awhile." It's funny though because even what I freak about really isn't worth worrying about. I have a niece who's entire diet is processed breads and sugars. When I start to panic about ds and what he's had to eat that day I think about her and it puts into perspective just how healthy he still eats.
I cook breakfast, lunch and dinner at home, mostly from scratch. But, if I'm tired, I have no problem with him eating the pizza we order.
I agree with you about the memories. One of my favorite memories is going to my grandparents house and they always had those hand held pies (they are reeaaaalllly bad, I think they are like .50 cents a piece at the grocery store). I still see those and think of my grandma and our special times eating them together after dinner.
post #82 of 132
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Originally Posted by mamakah View Post
One of my favorite memories is going to my grandparents house and they always had those hand held pies (they are reeaaaalllly bad, I think they are like .50 cents a piece at the grocery store). I still see those and think of my grandma and our special times eating them together after dinner.
Dirty little secret: DH loves the lemon ones and I love the cherry ones. They are just about the nastiest thing ever. So gross. And yet... every once in a long, long while, we'll be really really naughty and indulge.
post #83 of 132
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. I look at where I came from and where DD is and it is worlds better. I grew up on the standard american 80's diet - sugary cereal and Hi-C punch for breakfast, spaghettios or a sandwich consisting of oscar meyer bologna and an individually wrapped cheese slice on wonder bread for lunch, deep fried hot dogs and fries for dinner (yes my family had a deep fryer and used it a lot) and then chips, doritos, cookies, ice cream, ice pops for snacks in there. The only fruit or veggies I ever ate or even tasted as a child were apples, bananas, canned peas and corn and I would say I ate maybe 3 fruits/veggies a week. I never tried a strawberry or piece of broccoli until I was over 18 years old. We went through 6 two liters of coke/pepsi a week and only 1/2 gallon of milk. I never drank water until I was pregnant with DD.
Now we are a mix - we only buy organic milk, grassfed local when we can get it, grass fed pastured meat for the most part, local free range eggs, local fruits and veggies from the farmers market during the season and I grow what I can in our garden. DD loves fruit and some veggies but most of the time they are not organic if they come from the store unless the selection and prices happen to be very good. I scratch my head at my friends who drive 90 mins round trip to whole foods to buy organic fruit shipped in from across the world rather than buy local, but conventional produce from our local orchard. In the end, aren't the fossil fuels being used and harming the air just as bad as the pesticides on the food?
You are just as likely to find annie's bunnies or oreos in our pantry depending on the week, we buy frozen pizza and eat at chick fila (DD's fave restaurant) probably once a week or once every two weeks.
If there is junk in the house DD is allowed to eat it, not 5 popsicles in a day, but two, sure. I buy the "real fruit" ones with no HFCS but plenty of other things in our house have HFCS in them. Sometimes we'll have popsicles every week for 2 months and other times we'll have no popsicles for 2 months, it just depends.....
post #84 of 132
I try to make sure everything that's in the house I feel good about and what dds eat at parties, when the grandparents want to take us out to dinner, or at the grandparents house, etc, I don't worry about. I may cringe internally, but I don't get in a tizzy. Luckily the grandparents are pretty good, because dds are at their house a couple of times a week, but it's still not the same as home. DDs favorite thing to eat at grammy's is boxed mac and cheese (and grammy is impressed with herself that she uses Annies), which they don't get at home. We tease grammy, who is a very good cook, that her signature dish is boxed mac and cheese and it is what she will be remembered for forever. She tries to serve other things that are scratch and dear to her (she was so thrilled when one dd for about 6 months loved her chopped liver), but the only thing dds consistently ask her for is mac and cheese.

I very rarely talk about food with other parents; I worry that I'm either going to end up feeling judged or inadvertantly making someone else feel judged. I also don't talk about "healthy" and "unhealthy" or other labels for food with dds and avoid making any qualitative comments about what we or others are eating. Right now they're too young to understand and shouldn't have to have the responsibility of choosing healthy foods. That's why the choices at home and the things they see dh and I eat all fall into what I consider good.
post #85 of 132
I'm strict before 1yo. Then as long as we're eating healthy most of the time, it's usually okay. I try to watch sugar intake. No soda before at least 4yo.
post #86 of 132
I grew up in a home without refined sugar and tv I am so thankful that my parents made that the default in our house. They didn't go on about the evils of tv and processed foods they just didn't invite it into our world. As a result, I am very in touch with my body and how it feels when I eat healthy vs. chemical. I also don't need a lot of over seasoning and artificial flavoring. It was never an "obsession" in our house, it was simply treating our bodies as they should be treated. It also wasn't a big deal or a discussion- when we were out and wanted to try a piece of dyed cake or something of that sort we did.....and thought it was nasty tasting.

I am so thankful that my parents put thought into nutrition and provided us with healthy foods and didn't care that they were going against the mainstream McDonald's mold.

I really think taste buds can be "trained" to require some crazy substances in order to enjoy food. My enjoyment of food is definitely different from my husband, who had a completely different food experience as a child.
post #87 of 132
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Originally Posted by tessie View Post
That.

Allergies aside, being completely uptight about food can be detrimental to a child developing good eating habits.

Boy you said a mouthful (No pun intended)

I know someone who is very slight in build (we're talking 5'3" and MAYBE 95 pounds soaking wet.) Her husband is on the shorter side too, but not nearly as slight. So its safe to say her kids will be on the shorter side, but not necessarly tiny like her. (Shes actually very unhealthy looking) from the time her son was very small, she tried to limit how much he ate. Didnt matter what meal it was, it would ALWAYS get to a certain point where she would say "OK, thats enough" or "Youve had enough" or "you just ate X, you arent getting Y too". This kid is SOOOO messed up about food now, he is about 20 pounds overweight (and at the ripe old age of 12) will eat til he damn near throws up, and to WATCH him eat would turn your stomach. he packs the food in to the point where he can barely chew. I honestly think he eats like that because if he can wolf it down real quick, she cant tell him to stop before hes done. Its really really sad.
post #88 of 132
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Originally Posted by Smokering View Post
Yeah, I'm happily inconsistent. Some of the things we do are pretty out of the mainstream - baking slow-rise wholemeal bread, soaking grains, cooking with chicken stock, no margarine, no soft drinks for DD except the occasional sip of ginger beer. But I go by taste as much as nutritional principles. I love to cook, and I'm not willing to make tastes-like-cardboard chocolate cake just so I can say it has no sugar in it. You know? I find that most really gourmet food is fairly whole foods/Traditional Foodsy anyway. Real chefs don't bake with margarine, or use MSG-laden chicken stock powder, because - ew. Real food is better. So the better I get at cooking, the less I want to make processed, chemical-laden compromises.

On the other hand, though, I continue to make evil white-flour-and-sugar chocolate chip cookies, because my chocolate chip cookies are a thing of beauty and a joy forever and I'm not adulterating them with agave or buckwheat flour, no way no how no sir. I'll make healthy baking substitutions if they taste good - I replace canola in banana bread with half butter, half yoghurt - but not if they're going to turn the baked good into a sodden parody of its former self. 'Cause I don't get the point of that. Why bake at all if it's not going to be delicious?
Wow, it's like you're my long lost foodie twin. *G*
post #89 of 132
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Originally Posted by Smokering View Post
Yeah, I'm happily inconsistent. Some of the things we do are pretty out of the mainstream - baking slow-rise wholemeal bread, soaking grains, cooking with chicken stock, no margarine, no soft drinks for DD except the occasional sip of ginger beer. But I go by taste as much as nutritional principles. I love to cook, and I'm not willing to make tastes-like-cardboard chocolate cake just so I can say it has no sugar in it. You know? I find that most really gourmet food is fairly whole foods/Traditional Foodsy anyway. Real chefs don't bake with margarine, or use MSG-laden chicken stock powder, because - ew. Real food is better. So the better I get at cooking, the less I want to make processed, chemical-laden compromises.

On the other hand, though, I continue to make evil white-flour-and-sugar chocolate chip cookies, because my chocolate chip cookies are a thing of beauty and a joy forever and I'm not adulterating them with agave or buckwheat flour, no way no how no sir. I'll make healthy baking substitutions if they taste good - I replace canola in banana bread with half butter, half yoghurt - but not if they're going to turn the baked good into a sodden parody of its former self. 'Cause I don't get the point of that. Why bake at all if it's not going to be delicious?
Just wanted to AMEN! this.
post #90 of 132
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Originally Posted by grniys View Post
I think not letting a kid have any junk ever does more damage than a happy meal every once in a while. I feed my kids mostly healthy, but if their friends are all going to McDonald's for lunch I have no problem with us going along. I'd think if a kid never got to eat junk food ever that might attract them to it more and cause them to over-indulge as they get older. But that's jmo.

Anyway, I noticed one post here mentioned pb&j and pizza and stuff being junk and what most mom's they know in their area feed their kids. To be honest, I'd probably seem like one of those mom's to people who don't know me. My ds eats pb&j frequently. And frozen pizza. And mac n cheese. The pb&j is organic on whole wheat bread. The pizza is usually either kashi or organic. The mac n cheese is usually annie's. But at the park all the other mom's would see is my kid pulling out a pb&j, a sippy, and a baggy of snacks (usually annie's bunnies or an organic fruit roll up). So appearances can be deceiving.
Still junk IMO....
post #91 of 132
I don't get the pbj = junk connection. We use whole wheat bread, all-natural (read: just crushed peanuts and a little salt) peanut butter, and all-fruit spread.
post #92 of 132
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Originally Posted by blizzard_babe View Post
I don't get the pbj = junk connection. We use whole wheat bread, all-natural (read: just crushed peanuts and a little salt) peanut butter, and all-fruit spread.
I don't get that either.
post #93 of 132
Add us to the mostly healthy most of the time crew.

We (ok.. it's dh.. he's the one who loves to cook ) make most of our meals from scratch. We buy most of our meat and veg from a local organic farmer. And we don't do McD's or soda pop. But we have dessert fairly often (mmmm... cake). Sometimes the kids get hotdogs or fries when we're out and about. We also love to eat out for breakfast so the kids have had a fair amount of bacon and breakfast sausage.
post #94 of 132
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Originally Posted by blizzard_babe View Post
I don't get the pbj = junk connection. We use whole wheat bread, all-natural (read: just crushed peanuts and a little salt) peanut butter, and all-fruit spread.
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Originally Posted by Alyantavid View Post
I don't get that either.
Me neither. My boys and I had pbj for breakfast- homemade ww bread, organic, no salt, no oil peanut butter, and all-fruit blackberry spread. I put pb on both pieces of bread and about a teaspoon of fruit- only enough to taste. They also had oranges and my weakness, low-sodium V8 (only juice we do).

I also make pizza from scratch- ww crust, my own sugar-free sauce, organic cheese, veggies, and maybe free-range chicken. You'll never convince me that's junk! I could go on about my mac and cheese- same principles- ww pasta, my own sauce with ww flour, organic dairy with pureed veggies mixed in. All three are staples in our house, but I feel great about serving all of them!
post #95 of 132
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Originally Posted by Brigio View Post
Still junk IMO....
And why is that?
post #96 of 132
No one will ever be able to convince me pbandj and pizza are total junk. it may not be gold medal nutrition the way I make it but I am still getting some pretty good stuff into my kids.
post #97 of 132
People have widely varying ideas about what consititutes good nutrition. Traditional Foods fans are not going to agree with vegans, locavores are not going to agree with those who think organic frozen veg from China is superior to a non organic carrot grown a mile away.

Frankly, I avoid listening to people who try to convince me that they feed their kids the perfect diet and everyone else cannot measure up. I have no need to justify my families food choices to anyone.
post #98 of 132
Hi, y'all! I need to ask that you take any further nutrition-specific discussion over to Nutrition and Good Eating forum so this thread can focus more on parenting philosophy. I know it's a fine distinction, but we're trying to keep threads on-topic to the particular forum they're started in. Thanks so much Please PM me or a Parenting moderator with any questions. I think I'm going to go make a PB&J now
post #99 of 132
We are another 90% healthy-eating family. I am OK with our diet. I try to be as careful as possible without obsessing. We have no allergies or pickiness to deal with so I guess it makes it easier to manage. DD eats tons of veggies and fruit and whole grains, plus lots of fish (and DD eats some chicken, though DH and I do not). Nothing wrong with PB&J on wheat, if it is healthy bread (grains and yeast), non-filler PB (just nuts and salt) and jam (fruit, sugar, pectin). Same goes for the right kind of pizza.

For the other 10%, I try to give the healthier alternatives but occasionally DD gets something with artificial flavor or HFCS (2%) and I am OK with that. DH is little more liberal with the latter - I usually steer her to other choices. We rarely do fast foods or fried foods - she does not really even like the stuff anyways (she'll eat two to three fries, if any, when offered). She does get a small sweet each day, either a "healthy" boxed cookie or home-made something or other that she helped to bake. She may have ice cream or a bag of chips if we are out shopping.
post #100 of 132
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Originally Posted by blizzard_babe View Post
I don't get the pbj = junk connection. We use whole wheat bread, all-natural (read: just crushed peanuts and a little salt) peanut butter, and all-fruit spread.
In that context I see it as healthy (and sooo good), but around here the norm seems to be white bread, hfcs jelly and skippy or another sugarfull brand. Or those frozen uncrustable pbjs. I will admit though that pbj on white bread with crappy jelly is a big comfort food for me.
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