Is it just me...........yup it is!!!!!

Morgan - posted on 04/25/2010 ( 134 moms have responded )

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is it just me?? it must be.
I posted this conversation in a smaller community and got some pretty nasty responses and do expect to get a few more :)
But I'd love to just find a few moms who feel the same,
I am really not judgeing anyone!!!!!
As I say in my post I now were all busy moms and feed our
children what in easy tp prepare but its not a good thing everyday!!
As I said I guess I just dont know how to word things properly cause I am not here to judge.................... just thought I was giving some good tips.

heres my post




why is it that people think its ok to feed small children CRAP??
I totally understand that we are busy moms with alot on our plates, but why take it out on our childrens plates????
Hot dogs, speggettios, frozen dinners and oreo cookies it makes me sick to my tummy!!! I am not saying never give you kids these things but come on everyday??
it takes maybe 3 more minutes to make a wonderfull home made mac n cheese with real cheese and whole grain noodels as it does to make a box of KD. it takes less time to make a great stirfry, stem some veggies or bake a chicken breast,
when you have some extra time make a few dishes and freeze them then you can pop your own heathy TV dinner in the microwave and its not jacked full of additives and Preservatives it real food.
sorry to rant because as I said I know moms are short on time but these are our babies!!!!!!!!

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Jodi - posted on 04/30/2010

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Amy, have you checked the sodium content on the frozen meals?



Edited to add: This is ok in moderation, but to live off the "healthy" frozen dinners, you'd be getting more salt than is healthy. I absolutely agree that the rest of your nutrition can be looked after with a frozen dinner :)

Katherine - posted on 04/28/2010

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Amber, Omega 3 fat is what they mean not artery clogging foods. Babies do need fat for brain development and french fries are NOT one of them. You are mixing up good fat and bad fat.

Nicole - posted on 04/26/2010

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I always tell my husband that we are the "mean" parents because we won't let our kids have the "good" stuff (junk) all the time. My husband and I are caffeine-a-holics, but our poor kids aren't aloud to have soda EXCEPT when we are OUT (which is rarely). To our kids, Chef Boyardee is a 'treat' and I have called purple grape juice "kool-aid" for as long as my kids can remember. They're now old enough that when we pass the REAL kool-aid in the grocery store, they know the difference. LOL

I, too, let my kids get whatever they want when we are eating out (rarely). I don't want food to become "taboo", I just want to teach them moderation.

But, hey, no dental caries yet!

Morgan - posted on 04/26/2010

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heres some more info some of you might find usefull :)


Food additives are everywhere on the supermarket shelf. Savvy shoppers seeking to eat conveniently, yet as healthfully as possible, need to learn how to read labels to steer clear of potential dietary pitfalls. Even though all of these have been deemed safe to enter the edible realm, many of these everyday chemical compounds take their toll on the body's natural balance.


Check labels for:
1. Artificial Food Colors
Some of these coloring agents are allergenic and, even worse, some have carcinogenic properties. Some artificial food colors are suspected of contributing to hyperactivity, allergies, asthma, learning problems, and concentration difficulties in children and adults. Specific foods to avoid include colored drinks, color-coated candies, gummy and chewy candies, and many colored cereals. Be especially aware of additives when using vending machines.

2. Nitrites and Nitrates
Nitrites and nitrates can develop into nitrosamines in the body, which can be carcinogenic. They are often found in preserved meats, including bacon, hot dogs, bologna, and salami.

3. Sulfites
Sulfites include sulfur dioxide in fruits, sulfites in grapes and wine, and metabisulfites in other foods, and they sometimes cause allergic reactions. or headaches, nausea, and diarrhea. Anyone suffering from allergies or asthma should minimize or avoid sulfited foods.

4. Sugar
Sugar and high fructose corn syrup are a frequent additditve, and its overuse can lead to numerous health issues including elevated blood sugar, hypoglycemia, hyperactivity, yeast problems (candida), excessive food cravings, and increased triglycerides (blood fats). Sugar and sweeteners also contribute empty calories toward obesity, dental cavities, and diabetes.

5. Artificial Sweeteners

Saccharin has been linked with cancer in laboratory animals, but its widespread use is on the decline. Still, other synthetic sweeteners like Aspartame, and acesulfame-K are widely used in soft drinks, candies, chewing gum and a variety of other products. Two research studies found aspartame to have caused brain tumors in lab animals, and it should be avoided by pregnant women and children under seven. Another sweetener, sucralose, sold under the brand name Splenda, has had very little long term research.

6. Preservatives
Preservatives such as BHA, BHT and EDTA are used in small quantities in grain products like cereal, soup bases, and other foods containing oil to prevent rancidity. These are potentially toxic to the liver and kidneys, and they've been known to cause allergic reactions and neurotoxic effects. Children can be especially sensitive to preservatives and they may cause behavioral changes and hyperactivity. Interestingly, BHT is prohibited as a food additive in the UK.

7. Artificial Flavors
Artificial flavors represent the largest number of food additives. Most of the food products with artificial flavor additives are highly processed. Both adults and children may exhibit allergic reactions and other health issues from these chemical flavorings.

8. Olestra
Olestra is a synthesized fat substitute first used in potato chips. It's a non-absorbable oil polymer, thus it's not metabolized by the body. Certain consumers have reported digestive and other problems from Olestra consumption, including diarrhea and abdominal cramping.

9. Salt
Salt or sodium chloride is used by our bodies to maintain proper electrical conductivity within the cells and a variety of other essential functions. But eating too much salt can lead to fluid retention and increased blood pressure.

10. Food packaging
PVC (polyvinyl chloride) is a known carcinogen, and it's often used as plastic food wrap. Many grocery stores seal meats and other foods in PVC wrap; a particularly dangerous practice for warm or fatty foods, both of which help release the PVC into the food

Jenn - posted on 04/26/2010

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I'm going to have to agree with you Morgan! As you said, serving those foods are OK on occasion, but for the most part I serve fresh healthy foods. And I disagree that it's cheaper to serve junk food than it is fresh food. We live on a VERY restricted budget, but we always have fresh fruits and veggies in the house - and as far as I'm concerned frozen stuff is just as good if something isn't in season or it's cheaper to get the frozen (especially things like corn, peas etc.) As for those who aren't concerned because their children aren't fat - it isn't just about weight - it's about health. Why not start them out right with healthy eating habits so when they are older and have to make their own food choices they will be more likely to choose healthy foods. Anyone watch Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution? When those kids actually ate those "chicken nuggets" after watching what they were made of made me want to barf!

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Amanda - posted on 03/15/2011

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well I agree with you I would not be judging others if they decide to feed their children a box of KD for lunch. not every mom is privileged enough to have the time to prepare EVERY meal from scratch and if you think about it unless you go totally organic (which most people I know cant afford in this economy) you are going to find it near impossible to stay away from chemicals, preservatives and growth hormones. yes we can wash our produce well but you will never crid your food 100% o all the added crap that is in it or on it.
think of it this way, a box of KD or a can of chefboyarde is a lot better than nothing at all. I am a mom of 2 and a daycare mom of 5 and from time to time the kids do get KD and chicken nugets, never hot dogs as they are a choking hazard. just because I choose to offer them those items fro time to time does not mean they are not getting their milk, fruit and veggies along wth it.
maybe the mom who pops open a can of whatever at the end of a long day is exhausted. if you know of such parents and you have so much time why dont make them up a few cassroles fr the freezer with a note saying you know how busy they are and thougt they might like a few home cooked meals. Im sure any tired mom would appriciate that.
think about it before judging the circumstances of others

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I try my best to give my family fresh-from-scratch everyday. But you know what, somedays My husband, my son and I HAVE to have McDonalds. I can go without it just fine. But my boys have to have it. and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that...in my opinion.

Shannon - posted on 05/02/2010

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Freedom of speech, right? So mom's - lighten up. Of course you are going to be offensive - but you speak the truth. If it hits home - than...good. Mission accomplished. You have a right to speak up. But if negative comments bother you, well, then I would proof read next time. I don't know, I guess I just don't think your entry was that bad.

Fiona - posted on 05/02/2010

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Thans Heather, I tried popcorn chicken once, but did not find traces of chicken ... maybe my hostess bought the cheap stuff LOL!!!

Rebecca - posted on 05/02/2010

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I give my son a happy meal after his swimming lesson once a week. He gets the chicken nugget happy meal with the fruit bag and water for the drink.
At home I don't cook but my husband does after work (he doesn't like my cooking) and my son eats what we eat (mainly off my plate but lately he has his own bowl) We have some pre cooked mashed veggies in the freezer and I give him fruit or toast for lunch.

Rebecca - posted on 05/01/2010

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my daughter also loves fruit bread i usually freeze it so it doesnt go moldy she usually has 1 slice with weatbix or porridge something like that its great cos i love it to and there needs to be no added sugar as the fruit makes it sweet .. its great to see all the positive comments.. i think it was different with food back when most of us were children as there wasnt as much crap food to buy as now i look at how i was raised and i was happy, yer when i was little i hated some veges but i had to eat them and im glad

Cecily - posted on 05/01/2010

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You came on a little strong, but I do agree. Home made food is much better than anything frozen from the supermarket and definately better than fast food!

Johnny - posted on 05/01/2010

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Fiona, I think your lids may be at my house. Somehow I always end up with more lids than containers.

Nicole - posted on 05/01/2010

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Yeah, Rebecca, I do this to my kids ALL THE TIME! That IS one of the great things to homemade foods, you can sneak in the "good stuff"! I spend a lot of time mincing veggies and fruits or pureeing them to use in something my kids think are a treat. My kids love what I call "banana nut pancakes", it's just regular pancakes with the smashed bananas my kids have decided to refuse because they are too ripe (they'll eat bananas all day long until they have too much black on the peel! lol) and some chopped pecans. The kids love them! The hubby does, too! Or sweet potato pancakes with cinnamon! Another favorite! My kids also love omelets loaded down with veggies. Taco salad is a favorite. We use blue corn chips and in the taco meat, there is more diced veggies than actual meat, but the kids love it! And then we add it to more veggies and it becomes "taco salad". The same with spaghetti sauce. You can put any diced veggies into spaghetti sauce. If it is a vegetable that my kids are picky about, but I know the benefits of those veggies are worth forcing my kids to eat them, I puree them and hide them in their favorite food! LOL Broccoli is a staple in our house, because everyone in the house LOVES it. My kids are always running in the kitchen wondering if I made something with "broccolees" in it. Brussels sprouts, not so much. The kids hate them... But I guess they are allowed to not like something. Oh, that and raw tomatoes. The hubby hates raw tomatoes, too, so I tell him that it is all his fault.



For my husband and I though, feeding our kids mostly veggies is easy, since the hubby is a lacto-ovo-vegetarian and I was raised on a farm by an agricultural family (I lived in the middle of nowhere with no neighbors except family and we had cows, chickens, pecan trees, fruit trees, grape vines, and gardens. So, we harvested and canned our own fruits and veggies and took our "meat" to the local butcher. I hated it when I was a kid, but miss it now that I live in a big city! LOL)

Heather - posted on 05/01/2010

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Popcorn chicken just refers to the way the chicken is shaped - like a popcorn kernel. It's like chicken tenders or chicken nuggets - two different shapes, pretty much the same thing: breaded chicken.

Rebecca - posted on 05/01/2010

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another thing that i find great is when children get fussy to hide veggies in food like ur typical spagetti bog.. mince, sauce and spagetti.. i usually add grated carrot or mushrooms and peas can even be thrown in my daughter loves to eat stews and casserols homemade u can throw in anything

Alison - posted on 05/01/2010

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I agree 100%. I cook for my kids everynight. I often cut and dice veges when my baby is asleep..saves on time later. My kids are real vege kids so it I am lucky. They often just have a huge serve of veges for tea. I make it colourful....yellow, green, white,red.



My kids do however enjoy regular treats and I feel this is fine as they have fantastic diets in general. The only ingredients I am really conscious of are salt. sugar and fat content.(especially trans fat)

Rebecca - posted on 05/01/2010

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i just dont see how hard it is to cut up a piece of fruit ..i find cooking up and packing and freezing great to .. people mite say how it may had come off agressively but i can understand feeling anger towards someone who would be like that and i can bet that there would b something that would anger them in the same way about how other mums treat motherhood

Fiona - posted on 05/01/2010

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Loving this post. Funny as!

Full time working mum here, preaching the usual - we make batches of stuff each week which get put into plastic tubs in the freezer. Truly, plastic tubs are on our shopping list all the time (does anyone else end up with a pile of tubs without lids and vice versa? where do they GO?). But to answer the question, I don't really care what anyone feeds their kids, becuase I figuire I actually am not there 24/7 to see if its "all the time" or not. I do hate it when they offer crud to my kids though and have been known to attend playdates with serial offenders taking a tub of hommous and some cucumber. WTF is popcorn chicken, anyone?

My kids are eating crackers now. Forget health issues, I now have a crumb issue. :)

Sharon - posted on 04/30/2010

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lmao.. geeze.... its food... get over it... its none of your business what anyone else feeds, in what moderation, or how often, in what venue or anything else.

You guys are screaming about semanics now. yeah the original post was insensitive and a little ignorant but the OP has kind of admitted that.

April - posted on 04/30/2010

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i made my son homemade applesauce with a dash of cinnamon tonight. it took literally a whole minute.

SOMETIMES i feed him wendys chix nuggets when he hasn't had a good day of eating and i want him to have something in his tummy.

But...I totally 100% agree with you. It is sad how many 1 year olds and two year olds have decayed teeth!! My neighbor's little boy is 12 month and his teeth are BLACK!

Amy - posted on 04/30/2010

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People do the best they can with the materials provided. In today's economy, people are trying to make their dollar stretch farther. Unfortunately, some of the least healthy foods are also the cheapest.

Also, if you are a working, single parent, your time with your kids is at a premium so you want to spend less time doing chores or cooking and more with your kids. The same applies to parents who are not single, but always run short on time.

I try to feed my kids the best available. Sometimes that means getting creative with the box mac and cheese (which is $1 here), microwave meals, and box lazagna.

Also, don't knock frozen meals. If you spend a few more minutes in the frozen food isle, you will find stuff that is actually pretty good for you, just not on the end of the isle.

And, if you're offering to cook, be my guest.

Charlie - posted on 04/30/2010

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Ladies lets cool it please !



Please answer the post and refrain from attacking spelling and punctuation , we are not in high school and yes writing in capitals is considered yelling on internet forums .



If you think the post was aggressive you are entitled to say so however the question was not " why am i getting nasty replies ?"



For more information about internet etiquette please read the pinned thread at the top of this community .



Thank you , Moderation .

Morgan - posted on 04/30/2010

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Thanks Heather,
the comment about the caps totally makes sense, and I never thought about it coming across as yelling :(
thanks for you input and I am glad you could take away something good from my post.

Heather - posted on 04/30/2010

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I think the reason that people got so defensive was because when people write their posts with a lot of punctuation and capital letters it reads as yelling. That being said your position is great and as soon as you posted the list of tips and things to look for, I read it and appreciated it, rather than leaning away from my computer because I felt yelling coming through the computer :) This is a great lesson to all moms who are posting or replying, so I think it is great that you posted!

To Krystal about your "coke habit" :) I was the same way, only my insane habit was for the diet kind (which considering it is filled with aspartame isn't any better!). I only kept it in check by limiting myself and pulling forward ahead of time. Coke sells half cans, so maybe it would be helpful to you to buy a bunch of those and limit yourself to three a day - that is a can and a half, which is reasonable. Space them out and try to drink them slowly, so you feel like you are getting more, and whatever you do - don't drink them with a straw! It is proven that you drink faster and more liquid through a straw, so try to get a glass of water with a straw and stagger them in between the coke cans! Good luck!!

Julie - posted on 04/30/2010

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"if you have such an issue with grammer and spelling start your own thread, because this ones about FOOD!!!!!!!!!

and your right, I am not sure why your so nasty about some simple spelling errors? "



I AM NOT GETTING NASTY ABOUT IT, I WAS MERELY POINTING OUT THAT SOME ARE PUT OFF BY IT AND REACT MORE HARSHLY!



I did not judge. I was giving a reason WHY people can get nasty.



YOU are the one fixated on the grammar/spelling issue. I did also talk about food. I said maybe 3 sentences about grammar/spelling but 4 paragraphs on the topic of food. I was addressing the issue as to maybe WHY people got nasty with the original post.



... and to repeat myself: "I was postulating as to WHY you got some nasty results, as I agree with you on the nutrition aspect. Get off my case."



In general, YOU ARE RIGHT ABOUT THE FOOD ISSUES!!! It IS about the babies. It is ALSO about moms helping each other, not attacking each other. I'm sorry I tried to bring in another viewpoint.

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i totally agree wit u.. i hate when i see a baby eating chocolate.. like seriously my child well not eat chocolate tell hes older... but its no really his choice anyways cuz i have celiacs n glutten sensitivity is very high in my family so my son well also be on a glutten free diet.. people r like to me.. y would u make ur son miss out on so much "good stuff" when u dont know if he has celiacs? well first off its a WAY healthier diet, it helps wit learning disabilities, n ADD which both i have, n i am so sensitive to glutten that if my son ate something wit glutten, had it on his hand and put his hand into my mouth i would get sick later on in the day or a few days later.. so i totally agree wit u n i think home made dinners r so much yummier :D

Morgan - posted on 04/30/2010

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Maybe you need to forget about spelling and grammer and learn to read.

I did not JUDGE anyone, I said I know its hard and people are busy, feeding your kids these foods is not a bad thing in moderation!!!

and I dont know where you get organic from I never used that word.

yes organic foods are expensive I realize that, my point is its not hard to throw a handfull of frozen peas in your KD.



get off your case???? LMFAO you started it lady!!!!

if you have such an issue with grammer and spelling start your own thread, because this ones about FOOD!!!!!!!!!

and your right, I am not sure why your so nasty about some simple spelling errors?

good day!

Julie - posted on 04/30/2010

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I did not say I was the grammar/spelling police. I notice it and more on. I DO KNOW people who cannot tolerate it ... they do not need to use a spelling or grammar check. They may snap judge a person for poor word usage, but how is that worse than someone who snap judges a mom feeding her toddler a processed food product?

I was postulating as to WHY you got some nasty results, as I agree with you on the nutrition aspect. Get off my case.

Just as you say it is SO EASY to feed only fresh, organic, non-processed foods, it is SO EASY for many to write/type correctly.

I don't know why moms have to be so nasty with others, nor why women with other women, for that matter ...

Lore - posted on 04/30/2010

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i think every one is trying some how no body would want to give their baby crap but i guess you were a bit blunt with its i take time to feed my baby a healthy meal mayb because am a health professional but its not easy thou

Morgan - posted on 04/30/2010

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Many people are so offended by poor grammar/spelling/punctuation, they cannot really pay attention to content. That could be a big reason why they got nasty.



Sorry I dont take the time to copy and paste my posts into a spell check program LOL I have better things to do, like make my children good wholesome food!!!!

I dident realize you were the grammer/spelling police.

and yes now that I look at it there are a few mistakes, Ive seen posts that are alot worse and people still get the point.

people got pissed because I hit a nerve with mothers who dont care about what they feed their kids not because of a few spelling errors.

thanks for the input though.

Julie - posted on 04/30/2010

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I mostly agree with the content of the original post. The wording is aggressive (I know you're passionate about the subject) and the grammar and spelling are poor.



Many people are so offended by poor grammar/spelling/punctuation, they cannot really pay attention to content. That could be a big reason why they got nasty.



The was a mom (sorry, forgot name) who reworded it very nicely ... and posting more that that would provide more positive feedback.



No one in the processed food industry is out to hurt people or their kids. No one in the agricultural industry is, either. Parents MUST feed their children well and every thing in moderation. No one gets enough nutrition education in school, and I'm including doctors (except nutritionists) gets enough of it.



By the way, cola beverages are like giving your children anti-calcium--DON'T DO IT! When they drink a cola, they aren't drinking anything with calcium. Also, they are taking in caffeine and phosphorus, which reduce the body's ability to uptake calcium.



An important topic, but attacking a person's choices will only close them off to information, especially when they've been told what they are feeding is "all natural, wholesome, 100% fruit ... etc ..." which is ALL BS marketing by the industry.

Rebecca - posted on 04/30/2010

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i do agree with u completely from where i come from there are alot of motheres that dont take motherhood seriously and put thereselves first liek smoking pot and all that i c so many children that dont get fed properly and eat crap then they have to get their teeth pulled out cos theyev gone rotten from to much suger and bottle rot and because of seeing this it has made me very cautious and its so much cheaper!!( where i am ) fruits veges meats and water instead of lollies cordial and packet chips( and im talking about all the time) and i agree with not havign to b to stirct tho i dont mind giving a treat everynow and then

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This may have been a little harsh in the wording..I agree crap is not always better.

*Lisa* - posted on 04/29/2010

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Haha this conversation thread is funny! I love how it starts off a little tense than halfway through there's this random conversation about coffee and by the end of it we are back on track. Made me laugh. But yes I hope that when my baby is old enough to eat real food that I'll feed him good healthy stuff. Thanks for the tips too Morgan. They're good!

Johnny - posted on 04/28/2010

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It is totally cheaper to eat healthy than eat crap, you just need to make a little effort. Focus on the cheaper fruits & veggies, not the fancy imported stuff, hit up your local farmer's markets, and grow your own. And can it. I live in Vancouver, Canada, not known for the nicest of weather, but we still grow a good variety of our own vegetables in our back yard, of our townhouse. It really does not take that much work. And we can as much as possible for the winter. My MIL lives in an even less hospitable climate and grows an enormous garden and cans enough to get her and much of the family through the winter.



We even sometimes make our own pastas, freeze home-made pizza shells for quick use, make our own tomato sauces, perogies, and breads. We prepare & freeze meals ahead of time for those times we are too busy to cook or the traffic was really bad on the way home from work. Just a few hours on a Sunday evening, and we are ready for a couple of weeks.



And we do have treats. My daughter hates sweets, she prefers fruit, but my husband loves to indulge in chips and I love my chocolate. We are just careful to do it in moderation.



If you want health to be a priority, then you make the effort. Convenience foods are necessary some times, I agree. It's not like I never use them, but even then, I watch the nutrition labels, read the ingredients and make careful choices. I want my family to be able to enjoy life, not have to stick needles of insulin in their stomachs and test their blood sugar all day. I want my husband to live to enjoy his grandkids, not die of a stroke from high blood pressure at age 60. I will take every effort I am able to prevent that.



And when I was younger, long before I was married, I subsisted on crap and junk. I didn't know how to cook and I couldn't be bothered. And I definitely spent as much on that stuff for just myself (especially to eat out at fast food places) as I do now for my family of 3. When my husband and I were engaged, his brother, just 2 years older than him, suffered a severe high blood pressure episode and nearly died. I started learning how to cook, can, and garden right after that.

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so not offensive. usless you are a person who feeds kids crap. i'm not the best cook and stuggle to think of different things to cook for lunch and tea but i refuse to feed crap food. any recepies would be greatly welcome!!!

Crystal - posted on 04/28/2010

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I do have to argree that the way you worded your post came off aggresively, but I do have to agree. I personaly don't let me children eat much for 'crap'. Occasionaly I will let them have mac and cheese out of the box or canned raviolli. More often then not tho either me or my boyfriend cook dinner, such as spaghetti, meatloaf, or what not. Its alot healthier for children and us to eat home cooked meals.

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I AGREE! A girlfriend of mine feeds her daughter fast food at LEAST once a day and every meal and snack in between is processed packaged JUNK. She even puts soda in her sippy cup, the poor baby just turned 2. But I must admit my daughter Love LOVE LOVES String Cheese.

Lisa - posted on 04/28/2010

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I didn't read any of the posts before. But yes, I think it's rotton to advertise to children. I have had many converstions with my son about McVomits (I call it), and how he only wants it for the toy. I've bought it for him twice in 5 years and the last time we through all the food away cuz it was all about the toy. It boils down to marketing to children which is really nasty to do. If kids knew what was good for them, they wouldn't be living with us!

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I agree with you. But our kids will be the ones with a healthy self image, a healthy body and a healthy attitude about eating. Couscous is honestly done and on the table in like ten minutes. pb&j. carrots n dip. A ton of options. And I'm a vegetarian so I limit myself. Vincent eats meat though. And digs sardines. He's in the 90th percental for height and around the 50s for height. Very healthy. In fact, I don't think he's puked but once or twice in his 5 years. Bonus!

Morgan - posted on 04/28/2010

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Lol I live in alberta canada and its snowing lol but I can still grow alot of veg in the summer and I do, peas, beans, herbs, Carrots, tomatoes, peppers, pumpkins even cucumbers its not possible all year but it is in the summer :) which is a money saver
and Dana your right not all freash food is cheaper but alot of it is.
bananas, apples, oranges are all cheaper than cookies, twinkies and even chips :) you can make a great beef stew for about 10 dollars and feed a family of 4 twice!! you cant buy mc donalds for that!! you just have to be frugal and look at all your local shops for sales, and if you dont have famers markets well that just sucks!!
it can be done it just takes skills!!!! lol

Charlie - posted on 04/28/2010

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aaaw and i was thinking about going to the beach Hehehe ok ill stop rubbing it in now :D

Dana - posted on 04/28/2010

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I should add, that I'm sitting in my living room with jeans, socks, a long sleeve shirt and my heat on still. :P

Dana - posted on 04/28/2010

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I agree with that, it does cost more in health care in the long run. And btw, it's 52 F / 11 C here so as you can see, not very warm. Which is considered about average this time of year.

Charlie - posted on 04/28/2010

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Yes it would depend on where you live ( i say as i sit on my warm sunny veranda on my laptop haha ) .

All jokes aside i guess i look at it from a long term view as well eating take out and junk all the time may be cheaper NOW but in the long run its going to cost people more than money , Obesity only one of the health implications costs Australia 58 billion dollars which is outrages !!

Dana - posted on 04/28/2010

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Ha, it obviously depends on where you live. You see, I can't grow veggies on my veranda. That's just too funny and you suck Loureen. lol I think it also depends on where you live as far as what fruits and veggies are in season....if you have any locally.

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Yeah i dont buy the money excuse , fruit and veg is cheaper than junk and if you have as little as veranda space you can grow your own veggies like tomatoes , if you have a backyard you can almost grow everything !, you can feed a family of four with a delish pasta meal full of veggies and herbs for $10 , it doesn't have to be organic , if you have farmers markets its also cheaper or fruit and veg wholesale usually sell to the public too .

even frozen veggies are better than fast food and snap frozen veggies have more nutrients than fresh veg as they can be a few days old by the time they get to the shop , always buy in season its much cheaper , just a few ideas .

Here is a whole site full of cheap , easy and HEALTHY meals for under ten dollars http://busycooks.about.com/od/inexpensiv...

Morgan - posted on 04/28/2010

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and I am also no longer going to defend my post or my wording, I ve done that enough.

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money is really not an excuse, you can buy 3 bunches of bananas for the same price as a box of cookies buy things when there cheap and in season and freeze them, I am not going to go on about the formula thats not what this post is about. organic is expensive, but it doesent have to be organic to be healty :)

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I do agree with you that parents should feed their children healthier because one, it is good for them. Two, it teaches them from an early age to take care of their bodies. It is the only one they will have so they better treat it right. LOL I do not always feed my kids the absolute healthiest that I could. But I try really hard. However Morgan, I would think that you might be able to get your point across a little better if you weren't quite so blunt. Some people would think that you were being border-line rude. Anyway, just my thoughts.

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Morgan, just like you said formula is not a choice for you, processed food is not a choice for some either. They are MUCH less expensive than healthy organic foods. We are blessed that we can provide our children with healthy diets, but not everyone has the money to do that. Again, I agree that it's best to give children healthier foods but I don't worry about what other people are doing - I'm too busy caring for my own famiily to worry about the choices that others make.

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I get what you're saying, but I think you're right that it might have come across wrong. I just recently became a stay at home mom and my kids are adjusting to new eating habits. Before, I was working and then had to come home and make dinner and do all the other stuff with them too, all by myself. Not that that's an excuse, but I was essentially a single working mom 4 days out of the week when my hubby had to work. Now that I'm home, it's fruit for a snack and with dinner and I have more time to prepare good dinners.

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