Elina - posted on 05/19/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )
that's it... we're out of trustworthy childcare options because everybody keeps unrepentantly feeding our baby white sugar products despite our asking them repeatedly not to. the only exception, surprisingly enough, are my parents, but they live an hour drive away. (not always convenient)
we have type 2 diabetes in my family, pretty much everybody 50+ has it. my parents were diagnosed when i was still a tween, so i've spent a lot of my life learning/worrying about sugars. which is why i know they're not feeding him sugar. even when my mom says, "sometimes i wish i could just give him a piece of chocolate," i can say, "so you LIKE taking a dozen pills and pricking your finger so much you'll condemn your grandson to it?" it must be hard fighting those nana-impulses but she does.
the biggest culprits are our friends who actually have type 1 diabetes in their immediate family; you'd think they'd be even more careful, right? not so. i think they're in denial. i'm just finding out they've never even had their 3 kids tested. it's getting so i don't even want to go over there because their cupboards overflow with sugar snacks (she's *so not a label reader).
oh i'm not anti-sugar or anything, the human body needs a certain amount of natural sugar in order to function; i know that. WHITE (chemically extracted, concentrated, stabilized, processed, bleached) sugar on the other hand is nothing less than poison, and high-fructose corn syrup even worse (which is *everywhere, even in some kid's cereals, which i personally think is a crime against humanity). (they bond to receptor cells and actually inhibit the absorption of things we need, like calcium)
i've done my homework. just like allergies and everything else, the first few years is CRUCIAL in their ability to digest things (rapid rate beta-cell destruction yadayada)
and carelessness at this stage can result in a lifetime of candidiasis, food intolerances/allergies, diabetes, kidney and pancreatic illnesses.
but when i bring all this up apparently I'M the paranoid one, in spite of my legitimate concerns about my child's genetic disposition towards having a digestive disorder.
the scare tactics have failed. how do i get people to understand that this isn't some 'new mommy' paranoia? or is it?