Let me preface by saying that I know this was not her intention nor was it really one particular thing that made me feel this way. The way she presented the information was unpretentious and light hearted for the most part, but in listening to her suggestions and her strong opinions (rightfully so, seeing as how nutrition/holistic medicine is her profession and passion) I was admittedly overwhelmed.
Perhaps like most of you, I feel as though I feed our family of three pretty well. I am conscious of nutrition labels, sugar, highly processed and genetically modified foods, added hormones, etc. etc. We rarely (if ever) hit the drive through and I seek out nutritious ingredients to cook meals most nights a week. And in doing all of this, I feel as though I am doing my part to keep us healthy, even if we do slip up now and then with our choices. In truth, I felt ahead of the game on this subject.
After processing today's information, however, I am not so sure that I am doing more than the bare minimum. I listened and realized that the reduced sugar fruit snacks that I buy are still loaded with other crap. Deflated. "Simply Gogurt" (as opposed to the regular Gogurts) still have things like Modified Corn Starch and Phosphates - to which she pointed out have been linked directly to depression, diabetes and ADHD. Deflated. Our peanut butter has other ingredients besides peanuts and salt. Deflated. Cows milk should not be in our diets and all dairy is highly inflammatory (which causes fat storage, coughing and sinus problems). Deflated. 'Easy Mac' is basically the Devil himself (okay I kind of already suspected this, but still...deflated). Soy causes too much Estrogen and should be avoided altogether. Deflated. 'Caged Free Eggs' means virtually nothing. Deflated. Nitrates (ie a hot dog - even the all beef kind) are found in Rocket Fuel. Um, deflated. Are you with me?
While listening to her speak I had to keep chanting: "Everything in moderation", "Take her info. with a grain of salt", "What about all of the foods I ate as a kid?", which I think are all valid statements by the way. But when I heard others ask questions like, "Is the unprocessed Apple Juice that I steep at home from real apples okay for my child?" - Duh - or "Is Agave Nectar a good choice to use on whole wheat pancakes or should I be using Organic Honey instead?" - Seriously? - or my favorite, "What is your favorite way to make Kiefer?" - Don't worry, I Googled this one too - I began to wonder if I was the only one who patted myself on the back for Logan's willingness to eat steamed veggies once a while or baking cookies as opposed to buying the ones in packages.
Hence the blog post. I am genuinely curious as to your thoughts on the subject. Are there certain foods that you don't let in your house? What foods will you only buy Organic? What are your thoughts on high fructose corn syrup - do you look for it in every label? Does your family drink cow's milk? Do you take supplements like Vitamin D, Omega 3 and Probiotics? What minor changes have made a big difference in your life? Do you think some are too concerned with the topic? Do you feel as though keeping everything in moderation is enough to keep your family healthy? And most importantly what about Dum-Dum suckers after a fresh haircut ;)