how many mpms let their 10 month old eat chocolate in moderation and french fries?

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Natasha - posted on 06/14/2010

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daughter 17 months and no chocolate or fries. why would i give her that junk when right now having fresh fruits , yogurt ,granola etc ... are good enough. she doesnt know the difference so why would you even want to start them off this early with all that crap?

not sure about the % of doctors but i do know that alot of them are really concerned about this generation of children and obesity.

its up to all of us parents to make the right choices for them when it comes to what they eat.

i grew up in a low income family and whatever was on sale was what we ate. i was also the "FAT KID" i dont ever want that for my child. i remember what i felt like and the effect it had on me growing up.

i also know that times were different back then and we have WAY MORE information now than we ever did.

there are lots of websites and books out there that help you make tasty , fun , creative snacks for your children but still keep them healthy.

im not saying by any means that my little girl will never have junk food but i will def try my hardest to hold off as long as i can.

so to answer your question ....... NO !! i would never give my child fries and chocolate at 10 months old i personally think that your setting your child up for bad eating habits.

Melanie - posted on 06/12/2010

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both my kids have treats on a regular basis however they also eat a lot of fruit. And if they don't eat their dinner then no treat. My daughter will have french fries when we go out usually every two weeks but she's 7. I don't mind the occasional Macdonald's chips but at home it's homemade chips which is a lot healthier for them. Both my kids exercise a lot so i see no problem with the treats they look after the teeth as well. I think it depends on the parent. some don't like giving their children treats and some do x

Jocelyn - posted on 06/11/2010

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My kids (aged 3.5 and 8 months) get fries once a week (our special treat after swimming) The 8 month old doesn't eat so much as "smush". But I never give chocolate before a year.

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My daughter is almost 8 monthes so I defiantly dont giver her that stuff yet, but i would pefer not to give her chocalate & chips unless it was a special ocasion like her birthday , easter, christmas ect, she does not need it in her diet, and it can set him/her up for bad eating habbits. And he/she could end up only wanting the 'yummy' foods instead of eating their fruit and vegies. I feel very strongly for my daughter to eat a healthy diet and teaching her about the right foods to eat as i wasnt when i was a child and my weight has gone up and down over the past

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Kay - posted on 06/15/2010

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my 2 yr old has eaten french fries once, a couple of wks ago at his 1st mcdonalds and at 10 mths had tried choc once. No need for 10 month olds to eat this sort of food at all.

Dominique - posted on 06/15/2010

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my daughter, almost 11 months, eats french fries almost weekly. i have given her a little chocolate, maybe two or three times, but not much. my excuse, my baby is underweight, the doc scared the hell outta me by telling me this, so i was trying to fatten her up. but now i've realized, she's just going to be skinny and leave well enough alone. but she does eat alot of food during the day, including alot of fats.

Ashley - posted on 06/15/2010

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i do and i have two kids i let them eat it and the oldest i let her start eating it when she was 8 months and my youngest eats it and she is 7 months old i think it helps to balance out the deit they have but i dont give them to much as long as i do it in moderation and when i do give it to them it is not to much it helps to balance everything out

Ryan - posted on 06/14/2010

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I didn't with any of my 5 kids. Their first birthday cake was chocolate. After that they rarely had it. They were anywhere from 18 months - 2 years when they had fries. I love chocolate, I just don't see that children, especially young children need it. They are happy with fruits, vegtables, infant/toddler finger foods. I used to give my kids Ritz crackers and tell them they were cookies. They didn't learn the difference till the noticed on TV ( none of them started watching TV till they were at least 3). My 2 year old points at the peanut butter/cheese crackers and says "cookie please". Their is no need to give him a Chips Ahoy when he doesn't know the difference.

Jenn - posted on 06/14/2010

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Not by that age I didn't. My son didn't have any form of sugar or junk until his first birthday when he had his birthday cake. And as for fries, we don't eat at fast food places but I do make oven fries at home sometimes - but none of the kids really like them anyway; my son doesn't even really like potatoes at all.

Sarah - posted on 06/14/2010

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my daughter can take or leave chocolate so thats easy but she really enjoys chips!!!! and will enjoy them only they have to be macdonalds any thing else she turns her nose up! so her treat is chips! may be every two weeks i think that way she dosent expect them and they are seen as a treat!

Jenni+shane - posted on 06/14/2010

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as treat our little girl has choc not very often though and hot chips when we got to the city as her dad has to have mc donalds which is about once a fornight she loves them she tried both when she was nine months old

Lucy - posted on 06/14/2010

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Wow, 8 months is pretty young for that stuff!

Both my kids had their first chocolate in the form of their first birthday cake, and just a tiny piece! Since then, if we go out for a family meal, which is a rare treat, we let the kids (now 2 and 4) have a dessert like ice cream or cake. They never get this at home, as I think it should be seen as an occasional thing, not be kept in the cupboard for them to ask for all the time.

As for fries, we would NEVER take our kids to a fast food place like McDonalds or KFC- Yuck, I wouldn't eat that rubbish, why would I feed it to my kids? If we go to a decent restaurant, though as I said this is a rare treat, they might be allowed something like baked potato wedges or chunky real chips, never the skinny over salted fast food type.

Amanda - posted on 06/13/2010

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My 2 yr old will occassionally have a taste of chocolate, never more than one square, he's happy just with a tiny bite so he knows what we've got. The same with the chips, he has them occassionally. He would have been a year before he tried them though. We've never given my 9 month old daughter anything yet. Both my kids love fruit and veggies and refuse to drink anything but milk/formula or water. I think as long as it is an occassional treat a little taste here and there is fine. My son knows its a treat and never wants more than a taste, even at parties he's very good, he prefers the savoury stuff

Alison - posted on 06/13/2010

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No fessing up here- Why feed such little ones junk food? Their bodies dont need it and it is not like they think they are missing something.

Claire - posted on 06/13/2010

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I didnt let mine have chocolate till her first bday, same for chips!! Shes only had 2 or 3 chips four times and has choc once a week!!

Nunya - posted on 06/13/2010

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No way! My daughter lived off of avocado's and artichoke hearts. she love them! Now she's five and she doesn't want to eat anything BUT french fries. :P

Sarah - posted on 06/12/2010

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I don't know, guess I think there's no such thing as "moderation" when it comes to 10mos. olds & junk food--they're just too little to have that kind of stuff (in my opinion), period. And it's a mistake to let babies develop a taste for it.
When my boys were 10 mos. old, sure, they might get a small taste of something sweet that we were eating like pumpkin pie, ice cream, cake, etc. Just like they'd get a taste of the rest of the meal. And if we were out having a burger, they'd have bits of the bun but no fries. But no candy, pop, fried foods, etc.

Sarah - posted on 06/12/2010

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My son is almost 9 months & hasn't had any of that stuff yet. He doesn't do very well with solid foods...it's hard enough trying to get him to eat some pureed fruits/veggies. But, honestly, I don't see anything wrong with just a taste every now and then. I'd probably hold off on the chocolate until after 1yr tho, at least that's what I've heard.

Kalie - posted on 06/12/2010

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Guilty and proud!!! :)

I was so strict with my first he had only was he was 'suppose' to have, then when my daughter came along. I learnt to relax and not be so stuck up about it. I'm an excellent mother and giving my lil angel the 'nasty, dirty no no food' no way makes me a bad one. :D
Good day to you! :)

*Lisa* - posted on 06/12/2010

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Fries - yes, he has tried one or two and he loooved them. He has never eaten any vegetable that I have given him so I was curious to see if he would eat a french fry.
Chocolate - no. I won't give him any until he is old enough to eat his veggies on a regular basis. Then he can have a treat once in a while. But they way he is going, that won't be until he is in school.

Mary - posted on 06/12/2010

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My on didn't really like chocolate until recently (he will be 7 next month). I didn't let him have french fries or junk food until he was over a year, closer to two years. I started him out with fruits and veggies and he still loves them to this day. I think you need to start them out early with the healthy eating.

Joanna - posted on 06/12/2010

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My daughter's favorite at that age was watermelon, that was sweet enough for her, no need to give her chocolate! She had her first bite of "junk" food when she had her first bite of 1st birthday cake!

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never chocolate but french fries yes. probably more that I should have but I will say I usually bought the frozen ones and baked them rather that frying them. fast food/eating out was very occasional for us so they didnt' get fried ones very often.

Angie - posted on 06/12/2010

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well mine eats junk food when she wants but within moderation of course. but i dont think anyone should limit their kids to what they can an cant eat as long as they are eating healthy in the proses.

Leila - posted on 06/12/2010

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All kids enjoy what we call 'crap' food, and it doesnt matter how well you keep kids away from it they will end up eating it anyway at parties etc my daughter is 4 now if she was given a choice of a pack of buttons or a bowl of strawberries she would go for the strawberries and then probably finish off with the buttons!!!! My daughter first tried chocolate at 11 months at easter and instantly loved it, ive always let her have a small amount i cant see how a small amount will do any harm as long as they brush their teeth after as for french fries ive always stayed away all the salt business freaks me out!

Cheryl - posted on 06/12/2010

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I made my own oven fries, wi leftover baked potatoes, skin and all, lightly brushed wi olive oil and seasoning.. they loved them and preferred these to MickyD's... we didn't have much money for fast food anyway!! Lots cheaper!! tho when they got older they then did have their share of fast food!

Susan - posted on 06/12/2010

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I bet most parents cansay their child has tasted it But not give it to them on a regular basis, or as a staple.

Lynne - posted on 06/12/2010

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First off, I love fries but I didn't want my kids to develop the taste for sweets or greasy foods. I wanted them to have a better relationship with food. They didn't get candy until my youngest was two and my oldest was three because I took them out Trick-or-Treating. Most of that ended up left in the buckets and then thrown out. But we had fun collecting it. It is interesting to note that my oldest prefers apples over fries and my youngest loves fries. Even so, they don't get junk food very often (me as well; I'm not a hypocrite). I've taught them that junk food is called junk for a reason (nutritional value versus fat/sugar) and isn't meant to be part of a regular diet. Luckily, their school has also reinforced that through their health classes. It was great to have them come home and say "Mom, you're right!"

Now my kids are 11 and 12. So, do what you can to promote healthy choices and keep your fingers crossed that you've taught them well. Because when they have friends who share candy and chips, you have to let them make the choice.

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I didn't feed my kids chocolate until they were 1 year, but my younger son REFUSED to eat baby food so I had to search for every soft food known to society to feed him and french fries (unsalted, of course) fit the bill more times than I can count!

Zoe - posted on 06/12/2010

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well my soon is 8 months ols and has been eating scine bout 4 months.i didnt start giving him chocolate till bout 6 -7 months and would only gove him tiny bits at any one time i dnt think it wrong to give you kid a bit of choclate but fries i dnt hardly give them to him as they can be salty depending where u buy them from

Madeline - posted on 06/12/2010

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helloo. my daughter started trying a chip here or there when she started having enough teeth and i was confident that she wouldnt choke etc. so it would have been at around 10 months. she doesnt get them often but if i have any i will give her 3 or 4 and she is happy. she first had chocolate this past easter, at 13 months old, tried a little bit of kinder surprise (if your going to give choccie, give that, iits got a better dairy intake) and wasnt too fond of it. she has had a little bit here and there but not enough to make up much at all.

i think if these things are given sparingly, they are fine. chips everyday is not a great idea, but if your having fish and chips on a friday night, and bubs has 3-4 chips, and gums them for a while, there is no drama's.

Kyla - posted on 06/12/2010

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I want to say thanks for all the responces. At first I was a little bent out of shape about him eating chocolate at a young age but it didnt hurt him and I have learned to pick my battles and I was not about to make a mountain out of a molehill. I think older family members should be allowed to spoil our babies a tiny bit, as I am sure they did it to us way back when and we turned out alright.

Kyla - posted on 06/12/2010

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yep, my mom gives him french fries and his grampa gives him chocolate. I want him to enjoy all life has to offer and if his biggest problem is what he ate when he was/is little I will thank god. Also he has 4 teeth so he has no problem with the fries and he has only had them twice and chocolate he gets at least once a week. I will try and teach my child that all things are good in moderation.

Becky - posted on 06/11/2010

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I don't give my kids chocolate until their first birthday, when we make a chocolate cake. No ice cream or candy before then either.
As for French fries, I know my 9 month old hasn't had them yet. I can't remember what age my now 2 1/2 year old had them, but he's still not a huge fan of them. I would give my baby a fry or 2 at home, not at a fast food place, but I wouldn't make a whole meal of it for him. Although I did just buy sweet potato fries and plan to let him try those. He does like pizza crust and had his first taste of macaroni and cheese yesterdday and loved that! I try to have them eat healthy, but my own habits aren't the greatest, so sometimes I fall short. :(

Dana - posted on 06/11/2010

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Fries, absolutely. Chocolate, not so much because of the caffeine, but maybe pudding every now and then.

Calista - posted on 06/11/2010

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my daughter is just now 10 months old and she has been getting fries for a while now, she does also eat chocolate and i dont believe that anything is wrong with it, its not like she is getting the whole candy bar, but a taste here and there, my child also no longer eats baby food, she would rather have stuff with flavor and if you would have to eat that baby food everyday you might want a french fry or some chocolate once in a while too

Teri-Lyn - posted on 06/11/2010

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my son gets fries when we're out for the day shopping if i have them, but most of the time i go to a japanese food stand called koya which is healthy food and he loves it, i'm not allowed to have my broccoli because he wants it, but i dont see a problem with him having fast food sometimes, he's of good health and good weight, he loved fries when he was starting to get teeth, i just made sure i bit the ends off n kept n eye on him

Tahlia - posted on 06/11/2010

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Wow different topic, well i was very stricted in the beginning No Sweets!!! Once my son was two my husband had to pretty much beg me to let him eat more than 2 peices of his halloween candy. So i guess my answers "No. I never let my 10 MONTH OLD eat chocolate or french fries".

Maria - posted on 06/11/2010

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All my boys had french fries when they were teething, can't remember when the older had chocolate but the 16 year old had his first chocolate bunny when he was 7 months old.

Kendra - posted on 06/11/2010

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french fries for mine around 10-12 months.. i bit off the hard ends and let her suck on them. i monitored her closely, taking it away when i thought that it was too small or a hazard..

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No chocolate for my little guy until Easter this year (he was 17 months) My little guy doesn't behave really well after eating chocolate. He gets very emotional and cranky after the sugar rush is over... I can't do this to him or to myself really...

but fries he's been having for months... I usually bake them at home and tend to make sweet potatoe fries instead of regular (just personal preference). But my son has had deep fried fries once in a while. i have nothing against it as long as it's in moderation

Esther - posted on 06/11/2010

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not a good idea I think it 's too sugary for a 10 mnts old baby. get him /her to eat proper cooked food

Melanie - posted on 06/11/2010

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The only "junk food" my daughter has ever gotten was a slice of her first birthday cake. Otherwise, I don't plan on giving her junk any time soon but to each their own I guess!

Ashley - posted on 06/11/2010

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My son didn't eat chocolate till the Christmas after his first birthday. Fries are another matter though they were always homemade until his first McDonalds experinece again though after he was 1.

Amanda - posted on 06/11/2010

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My children are 12,10,2 (almost) and the older ones have chocolate as a treat, and the youngest doesnt eat it at all, even though daddy is a chocolateholic. They all know that the chocolate is for him, and as an adult he can choose to eat unhealthy but children eat right. This is how little they eat junk food. I just threw out a pillow case full of halloween candy, a month ago. They only got 1 1/2 pillow cases of candy while out trick or treating this year. So in 7 months they have ate 1/2 a pillow case between 2 of them, and the chocolateholic daddy.

Abby - posted on 06/11/2010

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its like a rite-of-passage in my family-- my mom is OBSESSED with giving her grandbabies their first french fries haha

And I'm 7 months prego with an 18 month old, and french fries and chocolate are at the top of my list of cravings--how am I supposed to eat them without sharing?! Love it!

Medic - posted on 06/11/2010

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My son NEVER ate that junk. He is almost three and chocolate milk is a special thing to him. He doesn't eat candy when he gets candy at parties or out anywhere he trades them for matchbox cars. He has never had a cake at his bday parties that he has eaten he usually just plays in it.

Michelle - posted on 06/11/2010

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When my son was 4 months old my mom gave him some mashed taters (not junk food) and she also gave him some chocolate (now a chocolate fiend LOL) I see nothing wrong with it. All children develop differently, their teeth come in at different times, they walk at different times etc... I think as long as the child is monitored and you don't go crazy like giving a 6 month old potato chip, I don't see the problem. My son is very thin and very active. I let him have his treats once in awhile as he has a STRICT diet, he has food sensitivities, so I need to be careful, he has had this since he was born so it has nothing with the foods I gave him or when I gave them to him. Ok I fessed up, LOL. I'm not perfect but I love my child.

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My girls... I don't think so though their father used to feed them vanilla ice cream starting at 8 months. @@



My son... not chocolate at that age, but it's possible he had a french fry or 2. He wasn't really eating solids at 10 months though, so maybe not. He has had a lot more junk at a much earlier age, but that's what tends to happen when your sisters are 6 years old than you.... ;)

Lynne - posted on 06/11/2010

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I have a kid's meal with fires that is over 3 years old and it still looks the same...no mold, etc.! If bacteria won't eat it I'm quite certain that it is not the healthiest of choices.
Babies need breast milk until they can self feed. From then on keeping with fruits, veggies, whole grains and staying away from as much processed foods as possible will help to off-set the damage that our American food does within the body. I also supplement with fruits and veggies in capsule and chewie form for my kids with Juice Plus+. It helps me bridge the gap between what I really try to do and what actually do. Feel free to read the research on the site: www.LynnesJuicePlus.com

Diane - posted on 06/11/2010

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when the kids in my fam turn 6 months they have a 1/2 bday party and eat there first choco. cake. it mostly just gets all over them tho. Its wont hurt them. every sence my son had a few teeth me gave him a french fri to chew on..he has never choked in his life. he gets a little bit of everything =] yes he is a healthy eater tho. Some people are pretty damn paranoid i realized from reading this tho lol

Tracy - posted on 06/11/2010

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I didn't give my kids that stuff, still don't. Their father and his family on the other hand..... My son was 18 months when we were visiting his parents and sister, I came around the corner and caught the sister giving my son chocolate. He'd never had candy to that point! I was livid. We do "junk night" one night a week. We either make a pizza, sloppy joes, hot dogs, or something else that isn't exactly healthy, but we make it ourselves at home. Even our french fries are fresh cut potatoes. I don't keep a lot of junk food at home, and my kids LOVE their fruits and veggies. I have to hide some of the fruit or they'll eat it all up in one day. :)

When my son was 4 his father and I took him canoeing and we got to talking about food. I was pregnant and starving. We commented about Twinkies and Ding Dongs, my son piped up "What's a Twinkie?" I nearly dropped my paddle from laughing so hard. About a week later his father came home with a box of Twinkies (banana, ICK!) and I happily discovered that my darling boy doesn't LIKE Twinkies! HA!

Amanda - posted on 06/11/2010

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I can't really remember when my two started eating choc and fries. I do remember going to a wedding when my youngest was about 8 months old and getting very upset when a family member let him lick choc sauce off her finger, but now I realise that it wasn't going to do him any harm. As a few other people have said, it's all about moderation.

I don't think fries are such a big problem anyway are they? I mean, they're just potatoes cut up and baked in the oven. I suppose it depends on what sort you're eating - the ones from the local fish & chip shop are soooo greasy, but homemade one's are fine surely?

MaryLou - posted on 06/11/2010

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I will be honest I didn't. The reason being is she got that stuff when she was with her father and his family. In fact the jerks gave her too much of it, sometimes making her sick. Secondly, since I did not eat it, I didn't give it to her. I enjoyed fruit, she enjoyed fruit. She and I also enjoyed most veggies. So I just didn't give her that. Why ruin a good thing I had.

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