I think every parent wants their kid to eat healthy. I haven’t met a parent who really wants their kid to eat junk food over a healthy alternative, rather, becomes defeated and lets them eat overly processed foods, or junk.
Prior to the Mini being born, I’ll be the first to tell you, that I ate total garbage. Processed, refined, artificial garbage. But, there’s something about giving life to another human being that put things into perspective in regards to being the parent that let my kid dictate what goes in our grocery cart. My motto was, “if he’s not aware of it, he won’t know what he’s missing.” But as you know, the majority of people buy conventional and processed foods. There’s no getting around it when they get older.
One of the things I’m having a tremendous amount of time letting go of, is high fructose corn syrup, along with red dye #40 and blue lake #1. When the series of propagandic commercials for high fructose corn syrup hit the airwaves last year, I, like so many others, got my panties in a bit of a wad over them. The fact that stuff like this exists and that we continue to put it in food just pisses me off. It pisses me off more than “nahzies” , and dudes, I’m not even Jewish.
There’s a lot of people that will argue that HFCS or artificial dyes don’t affect hyperactivity. Sure, I suppose if that’s all you ate, you probably adjust to it. In our house, it makes a HUGE difference. On Saturday, we had a family member visit from out of town. We ordered a pizza, which I didn’t give much thought to, when we served lunch. The fallout yesterday was horrible. HORRIBLE. The Mini was insane. He lashed out at everyone, kicked his sister, pushed buttons repeatedly (would try and kick LG after I distinctly told him not to), bounced off walls, would cry over every.little.thing that went wrong. At the end of the day, the kids went to bed early, and I had my head in the fridge and was chugging beer. I feel as if he needs a detox to get back to his normal, sometimes misbehaving self.
I know I can’t be the only one that notices a difference in their kids behavior.