Junk and processed food

Jinglebones - posted on 08/21/2009 ( 40 moms have responded )

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How much junk and processed food do you let your children eat? I make almost everything from scratch including cheese pasta, chicken fingers, cookies and bread (as often as I can). I am a SAHM so I have more time to do it, I enjoy doing it and I have a severely allergic child so it makes it easier for me to control ingredients. But on the rare occassion that my husband makes a meal, he buys them weiners, Kraft dinner, etc and you would think it was Christmas morning at our house. My kids have no idea how lucky they are to get "real" food most of the time. Having entertained many friends and relatives this summer, I am beginning to feel like Gloria Granola because we do not have pop, doritos or candy stock piled in our house. Am I fighting a losing battle? How much junk is too much? Will my kids ever appreciate Real food? How much junk/processed food does you family eat?

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Melissa - posted on 08/21/2009

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A good majority of what we eat is raw. (Fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds) We're vegans, although we've been thinking about buying eggs from a guy we know. We do the least amount of processed foods we can get by with. Vegan butter slips through as well as the occasional box of pasta....until I learn how to make it myself. We've been working on the fast food thing. We love Bojangles fries. It's been a couple of months though. We eat treats pretty often, but they're raw. (Ice cream, cheesecake, cinnamon rolls, brownies, etc. Tasty and healthy.) We do lots of green smoothies and live lemonade. I never buy soda, unless it's a can of organic soda here and there for my husband and myself. We don't do chips, unless it's a special event. Like tomorrow, we're going to have a picnic, so I bought tofurky deli slices and chips.





ETA: Children will eat healthy. Especially if you start young. The most important thing is leading by example. It was a bit of a challenge for us in the beginning and our children were still very young, but the more we offered the healthy food, the more they started eating it. Sometimes, I offer food several times before they decide to eat it. When I first started making smoothies, they hated them...now, they LOVE them! It takes work, but eventually things smooth over and it's simple.

Jeannette - posted on 08/21/2009

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I agree with Joy. I or my husband cook most nights and I don't like food in a box. I wish I could make my own noodles, mac and cheese, and everything else...but time is a huge issue with our family. When our kids were younger, if they didn't want to eat the prepared meal I made for dinner, I gave them things like cubed cheese, granola, grapes, bananas, peanut butter crackers, and the like. It was so much easier when they were little to regulate their diet.

Now, they are teenagers. I buy as much as I can organic, whole grain, etc. It is VERY expensive here, as there is not a lot of demand...and because there isn't much demand, we don't have a lot of options.

We don't buy sodas unless we are having a get together for extended family. We do drink a lot of tea and milk. lol! My sister said to me yesterday (we were talking about how I spend too much to get organic milk) "you guys are the milk drinkest family I've ever known!" We go through anywhere from 3 to 5 gallons a week. It used to be 5 gallons every week, but I make them drink tea, water, juice.

We buy baked chips, whole grain if Walmart has them, but we don't buy chips often because I am the main shopper and I don't eat chips hardly.

My kids eat whole grain cereal, oatmeal, bagels, or muffins for breakfast, and as my 15 year old points out, "because we don't have a choice".

I cannot regulate their diets at their friends' houses, school (and we have tried), or their grandparent's houses. Sooo....I try to keep it as healthy and homemade as I can.

I am fortunate. Because my kids are older now, they help cook now. My 15yo daughter and my 13yo son cook together sometimes, and I even can get them to make homemade batches of bread! They're like me...they love to try new things, so homemade biscotti one day, challah the next!

Crystal, I commend you for taking away television! We didn't let our kdis (or ourselves) watch it for about 4 years. It really was nice! I would love to cut it off again, but my husband really missed football, and other sports, and I think we made a decent compromise. Good for you girl!!

Krista - posted on 08/21/2009

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My son is too young for me to worry about junk food, but in my grade one room I see some horrible snacks and lunches! The majority of the class comes to school with a lunch that is entirely made up of little packaged things: pudding, chips, gummy bears...and I HATE when parents throw in a Lunchable in place of a sandwich. They make mini pizza things where the kids have to smear on the pizza sauce and sprinkle the cheese themselves...unhealthy and completely messy! And there are the Lunchable nachos and cheese...even worse! I rarely see a lunch where a parent has had to take the effort to make a sandwich or cut up an apple. I understand that parents are busy...but isn't your child's nutrition worth a little bit of effort? Also, the kids who have junk food at snack time are usually so hyper and uncontrollable afterwards that they can't even concentrate on learning.

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Veronica - posted on 08/24/2009

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I will have to agree with a lot of the mothers on here -- MODERATION. Everything in life has to be done in moderation. Eating is one. Its ok to have the occassional 'junk' -- but should not be overdone. We eat a little of everything -- but the only boxed stuff i have in my house - would be the mac and cheese - i dont like anything else processed (hamburger helper, chef boyrd(sp?) was nasty when we were kids - wouldnt feed it to mine ) I wouldnt say i make stuff from scratch per se -- i dont make my own noodles that kind of stuff - but i make real meat, real potatoes, real vegetables. My children are weird to many others thinking - they like radishes, onions, celery, broccoli and cauliflower, and absolutly love salad. (they like other veggies too) Fruit is big -- esp. apples, bananas and oranges -- occassionally we will get grapes, watermelon, melons, cherries, strawberries, etc. If/when i get cookies or crackers - its usually just nilla wafers, honey grahams, or snack crackers.



All in all - its all in moderation. My kids have had chips, ice cream is a PLUS in our house, my mother has given them sips of soda - which i put my foot down on - i dont think children should have soda- let alone anyone -- its so horrible! Especially diet soda - aspartame can really do damage on your body. Candy is three times a year for sure - halloween, xmas (candycanes,etc.), and easter -- and maybe an inbetween sucker here and there.



Im not the best nutritionalist -- but i think ive done fairly well - and my kids are healthy internally and weightwise too.



I think everyone has their way -- and personally i think everyone in here has great ideas, and all feed their children very well. (better than me!)



Take care - V

Veronica - posted on 08/24/2009

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Quoting Jeannette:

I agree with Joy. I or my husband cook most nights and I don't like food in a box. I wish I could make my own noodles, mac and cheese, and everything else...but time is a huge issue with our family. When our kids were younger, if they didn't want to eat the prepared meal I made for dinner, I gave them things like cubed cheese, granola, grapes, bananas, peanut butter crackers, and the like. It was so much easier when they were little to regulate their diet.
Now, they are teenagers. I buy as much as I can organic, whole grain, etc. It is VERY expensive here, as there is not a lot of demand...and because there isn't much demand, we don't have a lot of options.
We don't buy sodas unless we are having a get together for extended family. We do drink a lot of tea and milk. lol! My sister said to me yesterday (we were talking about how I spend too much to get organic milk) "you guys are the milk drinkest family I've ever known!" We go through anywhere from 3 to 5 gallons a week. It used to be 5 gallons every week, but I make them drink tea, water, juice.
We buy baked chips, whole grain if Walmart has them, but we don't buy chips often because I am the main shopper and I don't eat chips hardly.
My kids eat whole grain cereal, oatmeal, bagels, or muffins for breakfast, and as my 15 year old points out, "because we don't have a choice".
I cannot regulate their diets at their friends' houses, school (and we have tried), or their grandparent's houses. Sooo....I try to keep it as healthy and homemade as I can.
I am fortunate. Because my kids are older now, they help cook now. My 15yo daughter and my 13yo son cook together sometimes, and I even can get them to make homemade batches of bread! They're like me...they love to try new things, so homemade biscotti one day, challah the next!
Crystal, I commend you for taking away television! We didn't let our kdis (or ourselves) watch it for about 4 years. It really was nice! I would love to cut it off again, but my husband really missed football, and other sports, and I think we made a decent compromise. Good for you girl!!



Dear Jeannette,



 



Have you ever thought about shopping for pure/organic foods online? If you'd like to check out or try out some online stores (considering you said you had limited resources) here are a few: Organic Bouquet, Gilden Tree, igourmet, tobi, naturepedic, Greensbury Market, Organic Style, Arbico Organics, (and then some) - our biggest store is PureFoods.



 



You can find these stores and many many more at: www.marketamerica.com/cvk  click on the tab; Shop partners and it will bring you to a directory that is alphabetized. I hope this helps, if you have questions, let me know.



 



Veronica

Jocelyn - posted on 08/23/2009

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my son is almost three, and really the only time he gets stuff made from scratch is when daddy cooks it lol. i am probably one of the worst cooks out there. so needless to say, i cook a lot of the sidekicks, and the flavored rice, and the pre-cooked chicken breasts. but there are certainly worse things lol. as for chips and candy, very rarely does he get candy, maybe once a month, but he does get black licorice often (it's his ultimate fave, and his dads fave too, so we have a lot of it in the house...) he;ll get chips on occasion, but we don't buy chips all that often to begin with. he loves granola bars and those oatmeal to go bars, and that is normally what he gets for breakfast, but those aren't all that bad, no worse than a bowl of cereal lol. i believe that everything is ok, as long as it is in moderation. but he doesn't get pop! ever lol

Jenny - posted on 08/23/2009

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It is the same at our school in Kelowna, Canada. They send a list at the beginning of the year with meal ideas. I always pack a healthy lunch with plenty of fruits and veggies and a container of fresh, cold water.

Charlie - posted on 08/23/2009

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Quoting Jean:

Theres actually a preschool/kindy here in Christchurch, New Zealand that puts notes in your childs lunch box if they spot any food in their thats not healthy.
I've noticed whenever we drop my SD off to preschool, there's a couple of teachers that check each kids lunch box.

We make our own dinners etc, buy our fruit or sometimes buy jelley's with fruit inside them. My son gets one bottle of juice a day, his bottle is about 250mls (around 8 ounces) which is watered down.That bottle gets drunk faster then a bottle of water! lol.
I'm planning this summer to make a vege garden, mainly so that our cost of groceries are not as high! Living in NZ aint cheap (even when it's not in reccesion!)


Jean it is the same at our Kindergarten , children are not allowed junk and if they do bring some it is placed away for them to take home and replaced with fruit or cheese ect .



 



The children at our center actually pride themselves on having a healthy lunchbox , we often hear them discussing their food's and what they are good for .

Charlie - posted on 08/23/2009

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Cooper 9 months all the meals i cook for the family just chopped up smaller .
I always cook from scratch i just love cooking ! occasionally he gets jars of organic baby food or rafferty's tubes he can suck the guts out .
He has had ice cream once his eyes nearly fell out of his head when he tasted it , but he wont be getting it often or at all if i can help it for a while .

I recently had some cousins visit and all i saw their 2 , 3 , and 4 year old eat was twisties and red cordial .
It grossed me out !

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Theres actually a preschool/kindy here in Christchurch, New Zealand that puts notes in your childs lunch box if they spot any food in their thats not healthy.

I've noticed whenever we drop my SD off to preschool, there's a couple of teachers that check each kids lunch box.



We make our own dinners etc, buy our fruit or sometimes buy jelley's with fruit inside them. My son gets one bottle of juice a day, his bottle is about 250mls (around 8 ounces) which is watered down.That bottle gets drunk faster then a bottle of water! lol.

I'm planning this summer to make a vege garden, mainly so that our cost of groceries are not as high! Living in NZ aint cheap (even when it's not in reccesion!)

Ez - posted on 08/22/2009

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My 6.5mth old daughter also eats far better than me! I make all of her purees, and stew some of her fruit, but she does have baby yoghurt or fruit custard for lunch. I was initially concerned about giving her the custard, but after speaking with my baby nurse I compromised and just restricted her to the fruit ones, not the sweet chocolate or caramel flavours. I've just this week started poaching a chicken breast to add to her veggies, which has proved a hit!

I don't think it's that hard to find a balance between healthy food and a few treats here and there. I was raised with very minimal junk food in the house, but we weren't deprived either. If we were at a party or a friend's place, we had free reign. So it was never really an issue for us. I seem to have a very good eater, who has actually not turned her nose up at anything thus far, so I plan to just continue offering the healthy options.

Shelley - posted on 08/22/2009

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My twins are 14 months old, and I have spent a lot of time preparing their food since they were about 6 months. I pureed all of their first foods instead of buying gerber and have just stayed in the habit of going to the farmer's mkt 2-3 times per week. I live close to the 'expensive' side of Nashville, so our Publix and Kroger have a very nice selection of health foods and organics. I like my food to be very flavored, so since about 8 months, I've held nothing back from their foods as well. They love garlic! For breakfast, we do fruit (bberries, bananas, sberries) and cheerios w the occasional pancakes (w syrup!) and french toast. The rest of the day I balance their meals w meat, veggie, and fruit, with wheat germ on their yogurt and some slippery fruits. We do muffins, cheese, crackers, yobaby yogurt and more fruits and veggies at snacks. I must admit I love puffs and yogurt melts! I steam pretty much everything that can't be eaten raw, and they love meat! I give them almost everything I make for myself, medium rare steak w cajun butter, etc. I do live in the south, so I like to fry things... They drink milk most of the day w about 6oz juice per day. For their 1st bday, I put jello in the cake w cool whip on top, and they loved it. They've never had icing. The only time they've had ice cream was when we had spumoni. I don't make pasta, but I buy the whole grain organic pasta. I think overall we eat very well in our house. I love to cook and do so all day when I'm able to. I see other kids who refuse to eat their fruits and veggies and wonder how they got that way? My kids would starve if they refused to eat the healthy stuff. I hope they just learn to love it now and as they grow and incorporate 'other' things into their diets, they'll still always love their fruits and veggies. Oh, how I would love to live closer to the fresh meats and outdoor markets I experienced in France...

Melissa - posted on 08/22/2009

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Dates are a great sugar replacement. I'm not sure how it works in cooked food, but that's how raw treats taste so good....the dates!

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Quoting Crystal:

GOOD for you guys!! I am raising my daughter (now 15 months) to go "sugar-free" for as long as possible, b/c I believe the habits set early in life are major, and the foods eaten early in life are going to be the "go-to" foods later on in life. Of course, this coupled with my no-TV policy has my in-laws scratching their heads at me, haha!! (For her 1st bday I made her sugar free banana cupcakes, and of course now she is a deprived child!)
I too am a SAHM and have the luxury of time; to be able to make dinners from real foods. Processed foods are a treat, but everyday life is just simple foods that "know where they came from". I am a member of COM "Recipe Swap", which is a GREAT group I recommend to anyone wanting to try something new!
I will state (so no one gets all crazy on me, haha) that this is just how we do things, again: not saying everyone should be like us or anything like that. And I'm not saying she will NEVER EAT SUGAR, I'm just putting it off for as long as I can get away with it!



hi crystal. i'd be interested to hear the recipe for the sugar free banana cupcakes if you'd share. do you just leave out the sugar? :)

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Quoting Crystal:

GOOD for you guys!! I am raising my daughter (now 15 months) to go "sugar-free" for as long as possible, b/c I believe the habits set early in life are major, and the foods eaten early in life are going to be the "go-to" foods later on in life. Of course, this coupled with my no-TV policy has my in-laws scratching their heads at me, haha!! (For her 1st bday I made her sugar free banana cupcakes, and of course now she is a deprived child!)
I too am a SAHM and have the luxury of time; to be able to make dinners from real foods. Processed foods are a treat, but everyday life is just simple foods that "know where they came from". I am a member of COM "Recipe Swap", which is a GREAT group I recommend to anyone wanting to try something new!
I will state (so no one gets all crazy on me, haha) that this is just how we do things, again: not saying everyone should be like us or anything like that. And I'm not saying she will NEVER EAT SUGAR, I'm just putting it off for as long as I can get away with it!



hi crystal. i'd be interested to hear the recipe for the sugar free banana cupcakes if you'd share. do you just leave out the sugar? :)

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my daugher who is 11 months in a 2 days only has fresh homemade food.. my son who is 8 yr old has the occasional junk tea. today for instance we had chargrilled chicken with chips followed by ice cream ( i gave my daughter no chips.. just cooked some pottatoes and frozen veg)... my youngest has no sugar, proccessed food ect.. but my 8yr old is allowed the occasional ice cream or packet of crisps

Krista - posted on 08/22/2009

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Quoting Krista:

My son is too young for me to worry about junk food, but in my grade one room I see some horrible snacks and lunches! The majority of the class comes to school with a lunch that is entirely made up of little packaged things: pudding, chips, gummy bears...and I HATE when parents throw in a Lunchable in place of a sandwich. They make mini pizza things where the kids have to smear on the pizza sauce and sprinkle the cheese themselves...unhealthy and completely messy! And there are the Lunchable nachos and cheese...even worse! I rarely see a lunch where a parent has had to take the effort to make a sandwich or cut up an apple. I understand that parents are busy...but isn't your child's nutrition worth a little bit of effort? Also, the kids who have junk food at snack time are usually so hyper and uncontrollable afterwards that they can't even concentrate on learning.


Where I live, you aren't allowed to pack unhealthy things in kid's lunches until I think grade 3.

Jenny - posted on 08/22/2009

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I do the same thing. I give 1-2 cups of half water, half non concentrated juice per day for my 18 month old. My 6 year old still adds water to her juice and has a glass water in between each non-water beverage with no prompting from me. Everything, including sugar, in moderation is the way to go for me.

JL - posted on 08/22/2009

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We dilute out juice with water and usually I give my 2 year old 2 ounces of juice to 2 to 3 ounces of water. When I first introduced solids he was getting stopped up or had diarrea a lot so I took him to his pediatrician and she told me to give him juice and dilute it with water because water alone was not helping. Within a day of giving him juice his bowel movements were back to normal. Now for my 6 year old she drinks the juice boxs like Honest Kids that are mixed with water. I was worried about having sugar in my kids diet for health reasons but then I was also worried about completely eliminating sugars because diabetes runs in the family and I didn't want to screw up their glucose levels so my pediatrician and me talked and she told me it was best to moderate it that way niether of my concerns come to trusion.

Krista - posted on 08/22/2009

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Joy, I hadn't heard of the benefits of juice before! I gave my 9 mo juice a few months ago and he hated it, so he's only had water since in his sippy cup, but maybe I should do some more research and start giving him a little bit of juice now and then.

ME - posted on 08/22/2009

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I buy Annies or make my own Mac and Cheese...it's not that hard to do, if you all want the recipe I can get it for you. My son loves it. He eats fruit, yogurt, cheese and cheerios if he wants snacks. He eats cheese sammys, tofu chicken quesadillas, speggetti, tons of veggies, chicken soup (any soup...I am a homemade soup fiend), and most of the things I make for my hubby and I. My son doesn't eat ice cream unless it's a birthday party...he's had jello and pudding...but not much else in the way of sweets. He seems very content with his diet. He loves juice and soymilk, but never had koolaid or soda. I've been a vegetarian for nearly twenty years, and very careful about what I eat...I hope to pass this along to my children. My mom was very careful about feeding myself and my siblings, and we all turned out pretty well!

JL - posted on 08/22/2009

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I don't buy Kraft put I do buy some boxed dinners.I mean they do sale organic boxed Macaroni and cheese. I prefer the Annie's Homegrown organic boxed products. On the nights when my kids have afterschool activities that stuff comes in handy because I have very little time to get some food cooked and on the table.

JL - posted on 08/22/2009

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My pediatrician told met that the artifical sweeteners are worse and that I should not completely ban sugar from my kids but moderate. She told me they need to have natural sugars by eating fruit and drinking 100% juice. She has told me that little ones need to start drinking a small amount of juice when they start eating solids because it assists with the digestion of starches and helps prevent kids from getting stopped and having diarrea. She told me that because of the overboard compelte ban on sugars too many parents are running away scared when it comes to allowing their kids some juice and as a result she said pediatricians are seeing more and more toddlers with digestive problems. She said yes there can be too much juice but there can also be not enough. Moderation is the key and juice should be introduced at the appropriate age.

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Crystal...Kraft Dinner!



Sara...I'm pretty sure artificial sweetener is so much worse than sugar, not just for kids but for anyone!

Sara - posted on 08/21/2009

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I agree that instilling good eating habits is so important. My husband and I make dinner at home 95% of the time. I feed my daughter veggies, cheese and fruit now (she's 10 months). I don't want to get her started on the McDonald's thing...I admit, I make her pancakes (no syrup) and french toast for breakfast on the weekends, and I share some of the food I eat with her (mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, pudding, etc). I have not, and don't plan on, giving juice...I think that's going to be a special treat. I haven't had the greatest eating habits myself, but I'm so much more conscious of it now for her, so I'm trying....



Can you give kids sugar free stuff...like stuff made with Splenda?

Jeannette - posted on 08/21/2009

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Oh Joy...good point! When my kids go over to their grandparents' houses, they drink every ounce of soda they can get their hands on! It drives my mother nuts! I tell her, don't buy the stuff for them, because they know it's for them!

Amanda - posted on 08/21/2009

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my son eats better than my hubby and i do (mainly because by the time my hubby gets home from work i am too tired to cook another meal, and for some odd reason he hates food that was put in the fridge and warmed up again, odd right?) i make my sons meals from scratch (they arent fancy though) with lots of veggies, fruits, and whole grains (he's only 10 months and so far he's not liking the meats), but occasionally he does get canned soup, or a couple cheese puffs or veggie sticks .... however when he gets processed foods i do make sure they are the lower sodium and or all natural with less "processing" i don't give him juice and luckily so far he doesnt like it. he does get tastes of things that are far from healthy, because i am affraid if i totally deprive him of it he will go crazy with it later. all around i just encourage balanced, healthy eating..... on the other hand i know a mother who feeds her 8 month old half a jar of fruit a day, milk (no formula), cheese puffs and hulless (sp) corn (as a lunch), boxed mac and cheese, canned spaghetti os/raviolis etc, hot dogs and no veggies, he has had soda also.... that scares me.......

Sharon - posted on 08/21/2009

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yeah my kids go nuts when I let them pick out their own donuts, of course they go more nuts when I make them, but omg thats hot work.

JL - posted on 08/21/2009

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I use more healthy stuff but I do not have a complete ban on processed foods or junk food. I try to find the healthier alternatives but sometimes the junk foods do come in the house not a crap load but a few. I have seen the negative results both ways. I had a close friend who I went to college with and her parents had a complete ban on processed foods and junk foods when she was growing up and well once she was out on her own it was like a crazy switch had been flipped on in her head. That girl went hog wild on junk food because for her it was all new since she had while living with her parents stuck strictly to their food rules. Well instead of carrying on a healthy lifestyle she developed an eating disorder. First she gained almost 30 pounds by the end of our sophmore year from gorging and by the end of our junior year she was bulimic. My cousins who are now 9 and 13 have a mother who is super strict so when they are out of the house at someone elses who has snack foods they stuff their faces and both have become severly overwieght.



I know this is not true for everyone but I do think allowing my child the occassional bit of processed food or junk food helps her understand how to limit such types of food therefore setting her up with a healthier lifestyle when she is older because she will know how to balance things and enjoy the occassional indulgence without going overboard. It is all about moderation. I myself grew up eating a healthy lifestyle while also occassionaly enjoying some junk food my mom let us sometimes eat and I have no issues with food never have and I have no health issues because of food or weight issues because of food. I respect food and I like enjoy it all in moderation. So while I will cook and eat healthy meals I will also every once in awhile enjoy my Krispee Kreme Donut.

DAWN - posted on 08/21/2009

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when my two are old enough to eat what we eat I am hopeing to limit the junk. But who knows right now. I have heard the saying I was a better mother before I had kids, well it is true. I can say no junk food no take out for my kiddies but I guess it iwll depend what is going on in our lives at that time. Will I be a SAHM? if so I think it will be easier to control what my kids will eat, If I need to work 9-12 hours a day and my kids are in daycare I guess I will have less control over what they eat. I am hoping they will not be eating KD and chicken wieners all the time (eww) but with some of the centers you never know. Also if I woke 9-12 hours a day I may be to tired or busy to cook and may end up running for take out more than I want to.

Lindsay - posted on 08/21/2009

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I try to cook a healthy and banced meal each night. We don't get the pre-made dinners because I personally think they are gross. We always have fresh fruit and carrot sticks around for a snack during the day or even yogurt, graham crackers, or sometimes pretzels. Beyond pretzels, we don't keep chips around because the kids don't need them (or like them for that matter) , and because I would munch on them when I get bored. I make a big batch of oatmeal or peanut butter cookies once a week and they are allowed those if they eat well at dinner. They don't drink cokes but I have to say that I don't know if I'd survive without my Diet Dr. Pepper. They drink milk and water but not much juice. They do get Capri Sun's every now and then. I make an honest attempt to keep good healthy foods in their bellies. That being said, they have had happy meals (not often but they enjoy them when they get them) and when we have Birthday parties or Holidays, I give them some slack. The good foods are always around, but those special days are pretty much where anything goes!

Sharon - posted on 08/21/2009

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rotfl -um oohhhh I'm bad. My daughter packed her lunch today - pudding cup, baggie of chips and a package of cookies.



I didn't care. She always forgets and eats the school lunch, lol, then eats her "packed lunch" at home. When she does start to remember the junk she packs - I'll have to start insisting on healthier options. The good news is IF she remembers, lol she'll probably share with all her girl friends and all of them will get very little.

Sharon - posted on 08/21/2009

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Oh and - my oldest became the worlds biggest tootsie roll fiend. Just absolutely nuts if he saw one. About the time he turned 7 he turned into a sugar snob. Won't eat birthday cake, candies, etc. BUT!!! occasionally he buys this digusting liquid sugar in a tube candy stuff..eeewwww

Sharon - posted on 08/21/2009

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Hahaha Crystal - NOT that this will happen to you but my no refined sugars lasted until my son was 2 yrs old on halloween night.

Crystal - posted on 08/21/2009

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GOOD for you guys!! I am raising my daughter (now 15 months) to go "sugar-free" for as long as possible, b/c I believe the habits set early in life are major, and the foods eaten early in life are going to be the "go-to" foods later on in life. Of course, this coupled with my no-TV policy has my in-laws scratching their heads at me, haha!! (For her 1st bday I made her sugar free banana cupcakes, and of course now she is a deprived child!)

I too am a SAHM and have the luxury of time; to be able to make dinners from real foods. Processed foods are a treat, but everyday life is just simple foods that "know where they came from". I am a member of COM "Recipe Swap", which is a GREAT group I recommend to anyone wanting to try something new!

I will state (so no one gets all crazy on me, haha) that this is just how we do things, again: not saying everyone should be like us or anything like that. And I'm not saying she will NEVER EAT SUGAR, I'm just putting it off for as long as I can get away with it!

Sharon - posted on 08/21/2009

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Ok pre-prepared meals - hamburger helper, frozen pizzas versus stir frys and chicken parmesgian(sp?) its probably 50/50.



I'm a stay at home mom too but we have a zoo that needs care and with 3 kids - I swear my laundry is never done.



Most snacks here are fruit or yogurt. But there are chips and fruit rollups and some candies.



And yeah your kids will appreciate real food - later. LOL.

Jenny - posted on 08/21/2009

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I haven't bought KD since I left home. I eat pretty well and make pretty much everything from scratch. I view junk/processes foods more as a treat. If we are travelling we may stop at a Wendy's (haven't frequented McDonalds in years) and I buy a few bags of chips a month. I'll throw some weiners on the BBQ for the kids but never boil them. I just can't comprehend boiling "meat" and it tasting good lol. We never drink pop so that's not around really. At birthdays parties my daughter will head straight for the water or juice without any prompting from me. I don't smack talk junk food, it's just not a staple in our life.

Krista - posted on 08/21/2009

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While I DO partake in the KD and what not, I try to limit mostly everything else. If my son gets cookies, I'd prefer I make them. That, or he gets somewhat "healthy" cookies that are made with brown sugar, flax and blueberries. He never gets chips or pop and very rarely, juice. His snacks are always pretty much healthy. Lots of fruit, raisins and whole grain crackers. Although, I do admit I allow him to have McDonald's every once in a while, but it's not a all the time thing. It's a treat. Obesity is on the rise and I don't intend to add my son to that statistic.

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