My kids love to eat shitty food. All the crackers, Hawaiian sweet rolls, processed meats, sugary treats, ramen noodles, boxed mac and cheese…basically, packaged anything.
It is a DAILY STRUGGLE over here, too. Just because I write about “all the healthy things” and share all the things I’ve learned about nutrition, natural health products, and books to read, doesn’t mean that I don’t struggle to keep the crap out of my house as well. I’m right there with you guys. Or maybe some of you say “f*ck it” and don’t care about the food your kid eat. However, if that is the case, you may have stumbled across here by accident and have no idea what the hell I’m talking about. Feel free to move on.
My point here is that I will never claim that my kids don’t eat shitty food. I don’t buy shitty food necessarily…well, scratch that. I do if my daughter’s friends are coming over then it’s Doritos and Dr. Pepper for everyone. I can’t be the cool parent if I bring only down hummus and veggies, am I? Maybe I sneak in a little chemical free microwave popcorn but that’s it. This may sound horrible but it’s one night and damned if I’m going to spend $100 on healthy food that won’t be appreciated over the $50 of crap that they’ll eat, two fistfuls at a time.
When it comes to food for my kids, I try to buy the “cool” foods, just the least shitty version of them. I buy organic peanut butter. Still peanut butter but the healthier version. Did they hate it initially? Yes, it’s more gritty than the smooth as a baby’s bottom JIF but they eventually learned to either eat what I buy or stop eating peanut butter. They eventually came around.
I buy the healthier version of Goldfish crackers. Do I love that they are eating food out of a box? No, but at least they are eating something that has less chemicals and fake ingredients. I have to meet them somewhere along the spectrum of WWGE (What would Ghandi Eat) to Sonic Drive-In. I hope that we are closer to Ghandi than Sonic but you get what I mean.
My goal is to show my kids that ingredients matter but that I’m not going to be a drill sergeant in the kitchen. While it KILLS me to see them reaching for a snack in the pantry rather than an apple, at least I know that snack isn’t total shit. It’s a less harmful version of shit. Are you feeling me?
I was asked yesterday when I was at school volunteering about what I feed my kids for snacks and school lunches. I was quick to reply that I do NOT have the Pinterest perfect school lunch boxes for my kids. There are no lettuce wraps happening or deviled eggs. My kids actually pack their own lunches and while I don’t inspect them before they head out, I know at least that it may contain grass-fed cheese, no nitrate lunch meat, organic fruit, organic and unsweetened applesauce, clean protein bars, and some pop chips or organic tortilla chips. Maybe even a salad! Weeeee! All I know is that if I don’t buy the shitty things, they can’t eat the shitty things. I buy the less shitty versions of what is out there and let the consequences of how they feel after eating somewhere along the WWGE/Sonic food spectrum.
One thing I refuse to buy is soda. I will buy root beer flavored kombucha or natural flavorings or essential oils for their water but soda is a no go. I also don’t have gum in the house. But does that mean they never drink soda or chew gum? Of course not. When we go out to dinner, they might get a soda or lemonade depending on what the rest of their day’s sugar intake was like. The aftermath of a sugar over-loaded day is worth the fight. However, since I don’t drink anymore (I’ve had about four drinks since January), we tend to all drink water. Monkey see, monkey do. And this monkey eats a lot of clean, healthy food so I feel like the best I can do is lead by example and buy the least shitty food.
We definitely aren’t all the way to Ghandi but we are far from Sonic.
What are you struggles with food for your kids? Snacks? School lunches?
How do you find balance in eating healthy but keeping your “cool” parent (is there such a thing) status?