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Awww, it's so disheartening isn't it how many people just "accept" and choose to ignore the evidence that food is medicine/poison?


Sorry Rosebud. This is so tough.

My in-laws and my own mums favorite saying is "you had juice all the time and you are fine" HA. RIGHT.


Anyways, hugs. Sorry you are dealing with this!



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 "you had juice all the time and you are fine" HA. RIGHT.


I get this all the time about EVERYTHING.  Candy, vaccines, etc.  Ugh


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Originally Posted by dovemama View Post

 "you had juice all the time and you are fine" HA. RIGHT.


I get this all the time about EVERYTHING.  Candy, vaccines, etc.  Ugh




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We haven't had any issues, but I think part of this is we've maintained fairly controlled environments for DD since birth.  We're vegetarians (mostly vegans), so DD's exposure to outside food sources is limited by virtue that we don't go to chain restaurants, fast food places or do much shopping in a regular grocery store.  DD was in a no-share/bring-your-own-lunch/snacks school for three years, and now she goes to a school that requires all students to eat from the school menu (which is largely an Italian/Greek menu because of the neighborhood and the vendor who provides the food) (no tator tots!).  In her former school, a lot of the parents were super crunchy, so DD didn't see a lot of Cheetos, etc.


I know this will sound weird, but we got DD a puppet when she was very small which has become DD's "sister" by default.  The puppet is this character who doesn't take very good care of herself.  She eats junk and doesn't exercise and watches too much television.  DD has learned a lot about healthy eating/living through the use of this puppet.  DD likes to tell relatives and friends that "Abby" looks terrible because she eats junk (in reality, Abby hasn't been washed in a few years but I'm not telling).  The use of Abby has been a great way to put "junk" into context. 


Another thing which I don't regret is that we do allow DD to have sweets and the occassional junk item at a party or the like.  When I was growing up (and my own parents were sort of health food nuts and thus we don't have any issues with them), we were permitted to have candy after lunch and dessert after dinner.  I think that in learning that certain things have a time and place allowed us to develop overall healthy eating habits. 


I would say that my biggest problem thus far has not been in connection with DD's eating habits, but those of her neighbor friends.  Whenever they are over to visit, they can't comprehend that we don't have juice.  "Why don't you have any juice????"  I tell them that we have good clean water, but they always decline.  :(


That all being said, and to keep me humble, I do like Cheetos and will buy them for myself on occassion.  There's something about that color.  It's wrong, but satisfying.

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