April 2, 2009

Re: The Bees and their Honey Sugar

Thanks to all those who responded with NO judgement to my last post. I loved reading all of them. I love all of the "non-healthy eaters that outed themselves!

I would like to say one thing. I DO feed my children vegetables.

Certain items, the ones that are recommended you only buy organic I buy organic (i.e. peaches). If items are on sale and they are organic, I buy them as well.

I often went and consulted with Drew's pediatrician about his horrendous eating habits and she told me not to worry, if he was drinking juice he would get the nutrients he needs and eventually he would grow out of it. Which he has. He will at least try every vegetable we put in front of him, and he is obsessed with sugar snap peas (geez, I wonder why). He just has a huge sweet tooth.

Thanks for the suggestions. Some of them I do and some of them I don't do, and some I will try, others I will not (one I have not tried yet-we own Deceptively Delicious- unfortunately these recipes require lots of work and time I do not have).

One reader, Carebear asked for suggestions, believe it or not, on how to eat healthier. Here they are: I do give my kids V-8 Frusion. Why not? It's yummy and good for them. I actually do water down juice though, always have. My kids aren't allowed to have soda. Drew has to try what is on his plate. No short order cooks here. I actually wrote a post on how we accomplish this. Jacob we can't bargain with yet, but he's our big fruit eater. He can finish a whole pint of blueberries in one sitting if we let him. We don't eat a lot of fast food (besides pizza), and I really do try to incorporate fruits and vegetables into every meal. I actually always check the sugar content on items and the vitamin content and go with the best choice in breakfast cereals and cereal bars. Cookie Crisp is surprisingly better than many of the ones he did want, although I think I will try and see if he likes Honey Nut Cheerios, as Krissy suggested. We also make a game out of picking out new fruits and vegetables to try, Drew's favorite is the pummelo (and it's cute to listen to him pronounce it). Like Lucy said in her comment, It's all about balance. I am trying to balance it all. I think I am doing an okay job. If I didn't think so, I would say so. I'm honest like that.

Like one reader, Roxane, said:

No judging here! They are fed, clothes, loved and have a warm place to sleep...You are doing great :)

Thanks Roxane, I couldn't agree more- Not to toot my own horn or anything... toot!

I am working on Friday Favorites also.... I have ton this week (this week has been good to me). Looking forward to reading all of yours!

7 comments:

  1. Isn't it funny how sometimes we are so hard on ourselves, because we think everyone else is closer to perfect that we are. It usually works that we are all just trying our best and learning through trial and error. The important part is the trying...

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  2. my kids had cheeseburgers for dinner last night. at least they were not from McDonalds though

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  3. We all cut corners now and then but it all balances out in the end, right?

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  4. Hey there. I read both posts at the same time....and you are like most of us other working mothers. You do what you can and need to-TO GET BY. I have never bought organic, I wouldn't even know where to find that in the store. I do cook quite a few of the dinner meals at home but that's more of a monetary conservation tactic than a "great mommy" task. :) I've gotten much better as the years go by...but it was very rough going at first. As far as getting them to eat things...I was a mean mommy when they were young. They never got juices, sugar foods, sweet treats. I can still please the 4 year old with a fruit snack pack once a week. LOL For me, it's been all about introduction or lack thereof. I guess if you decide to have another baby, that'd be my suggestion for the food thing. Don't even offer muffins, sweets, juices. It was milk, milk, milk, and then water and milk. And baby food and then only meat, fruit, veggie, bread. This is long...I will stop. :)

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  5. Good morning!

    Checking in from sits. It's FRIDAY!!!! Yay!!!

    Have a great weekend.

    Zen Cupcake

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  6. From experience, it's harder watching all of your hard work of the early years (micro-managing & stressing) get derailed by them growing up when they get into their teen & college years thus throwing all of that hard work down the sugar hole.

    It's better to concentrate on making them independent, strong, self-assured, tolerant of change and flexible. Those are the traits that will serve them well in their lives, the rest they will relearn on their own at the the time they need to learn it (again) thus providing you ample opportunity to tell them "I TOLD YOU SO!"

    Just enjoy them now, don't sweat the details because before you know it, they'll be in their 20's and out of the house (experience speaking again.)

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  7. You are doing fine!!!!!!!!!!! Roxane is right on the money!

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