I know you’ve heard it… maybe you’ve even said it. This statement drives me insane. Do you want to know why? Because it’s always (almost always?) said to justify feeding complete garbage to kids. More specifically, my kids.
I don’t know about you, but I’m aiming slightly higher than just keeping my children alive.
I understand that most people (at least most of the people that are in my life) do not eat the way that my family does. They are just not there yet. My friends and family tend to fall into these categories:
- They think that we are just way too extreme. They don’t believe food is as big of a deal as we do. They think it’s okay if I choose to eat this way, but that I shouldn’t be so strict with my children.
- They get it… kind of… but just think it’s “too much”. They acknowledge that the way my family eats is “probably better”, but it’s just too much work.
- They appreciate that I choose to eat this way, but that it’s just a choice… not a necessity. They think it’s fine that I’m “picky” for myself, but it’s just a choice that I make. And not one that’s really necessary.
Honestly, I think the whole “it’s not going to kill them” philosophy is a cop out.
Fortunately, my children are very healthy. They are not prone to illness and they don’t have any food allergies or other chronic health issues. Obviously, I’d like to keep it that way. Unfortunately, some family members view this as justification for allowing my kids to eat things that I would never (never ever in a million years never) allow them to eat.
I try not to make too big of a deal about it (I’m sure my family would disagree with this statement… they probably feel like I make a very big deal). But I can’t not say anything. My feelings are strong. It’s a big deal to me. And when the response is “Oh, it’s not going to kill them”… I could scream.
Let me be clear. I do not believe in food perfection. But there is a HUGE difference between “treats” and total crap. For example, if you would like to “treat” my kids to some organic corn chips and salsa… go for it! But if you’d like to “treat” them to a dorito-loco taco from Taco Bell… please… for the love of God… don’t. That’s not a treat… it’s poison.
And please don’t tell me that it’s just my “preference” to make the food choices that I do. It’s a heck of a lot more than that. It’s about doing my best to protect the current and future health of myself and my family. It’s about taking my responsibility to care for the planet seriously. It’s about supporting local farmers rather than factory farms. It’s about taking a stand against the exploitation and abuse of people in other countries by unethical and wickedly powerful corporations. It’s about doing what’s right to the best of my knowledge and ability. It’s about using my resources wisely.
So c’mon, give me a little help here. Let’s think about what we feed kids (and ourselves) a bit more thoughtfully. Let’s aim for something better than just not killing them, shall we?
While we’re talking about things that drive me crazy… maybe you’d be interested in reading these:
- Subway Endorsed by the American Heart Association (yes, really)
- Breaking News… Dr. Oz is Crazy (way crazy)
- 2 Thumbs Down for Alton Brown (I really like Alton, but not when he was on Dr. Oz… go figure)
- It’s Not the Butter Y’all (in response to Paula Deen)
- Stop the Saturated Fat Insanity (in response to a billboard campaign against cheese… for real)