No matter how much you try and fancify your kids diet they are probably still going to stick their finger up their nose and eat it
But I must say, sticking your finger up your nose and eating it might actually help build the immune system.
Unfortunately bad diets can lead to worse problems.
However I do agree with most of you, great points all around.
My children's diet is certainly not perfect at all.
As to pesticides, we'll just have to agree to disagree.
I don't have an issue with people buying organic I just think they are having the wool pulled over their eyes. In particular, in one of the pages I linked they talked about how organic is not good for the environment either. But people automatically think it is.
Just clearing something up: No meat from animals raised in Australia has been given artificial hormones. It is illegal to feed hormones to animals here. Fresh pork and pork products such as bacon are being imported from overseas and there is no guarantee that this is hormone free, so if you are worried about hormones, always buy Australian meat.
I agree with @delirium re organic. There is no real board that can certify organic so you also don't really know what you're getting (there are lots of different organic labels, who knows what they all mean). It's also a first world "problem". Organic foods are not at all sustainable. To produce the same amount of food, organic produce takes up far more arable land for far less yield, which is reflected in the price difference. They also use more water. Any leftover pesticide/herbicide residue on normal food is easily washed off under the tap.
For people wanting to eat healthier it isn't rocket science. Choose fresh, whole foods over processed and refined ones the majority of the time. It's that simple
Hormones are not a problem but it's the feed lots and what is in the feed for beef that I don't like , which is why grass fed and organic is better for us and them ( it's actually really hard to source grass fed only beef as there are only a handful of farms that don't use feedlots or luckily all Tasmanian beef is grass fed )
Again I am fussy about the animal welfare aspect and the quality of the meat which is why I'm so pedantic about what I buy and where is comes from , I haven't eaten meat for 28 years but I do buy it for DS and DH twice a week
With the organic fruit and veg again I just prefer to buy in season, fresh pesticide free because I want too and I believe it to be better for us - with the harmful pesticides found in WA fruit and the frozen raspberry debacle the fact is that you really do not know how safe your produce is as our government does not check it!!!
But as Pearlygirl said, nothing is guaranteed with the organic label either. You really can't prove you are getting all those things anyway. Organic means they get organic grains to eat, not that they automatically are ethically treated. While I agree there is a higher likelihood they are, we don't know for sure.
I don't think there is need for panic, it sounds like you are doing your best within your resources.
Ours has been changes over a period of time. Reducing the amount of packaged foods, reducing wheat to once a day, increasing veges, minimising refined sugars.
I buy meat at the butcher, fruit and veg at the farmers market, organic milk, yoghurt and butter at the local IGA and other bits and pieces (cat food, plastic wrap, hand soap etc) at Aldi.
For me, it is common sense if I read the ingredients on something and it is not immediately recognisable as a food item then I will avoid it, 90% of time time.
But, it is important to not become paranoid, life is for living, not obsessing. My kids get an iceblock if we go to the pool, they eat what is available at other people's houses etc.
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LOTS of parents believe that sugar affects their childrens' behaviour. There have been studies done where parents are told that their children have had sugary foods when they haven't; ones where parents observe their childrens' behaviour and say whether or not they think they've had sugar; ones where children are fed similar foods with sugar/artificial sweeteners....time and again no link whatsoever has been found between children consuming sugar and their behaviour, although the parents are often convinced that there is.
What there IS a link between though, is excitement and 'hyper' behaviour. So the situation of being at a party, or being at Nanna's house etc. where they may eat sweet things can certainly affect behaviour. If children rarely get sweet foods, the excitement of a 'treat' can also affect their behaviour.
On top of those potential explanations, we all have what's called a confirmation bias; it's how our brains work. If we believe something is the case, then we automatically filter out things which go against that belief, and we pick up on those things which seem to confirm our beliefs. That means that if we think sugar=hyperactivity, we notice those behaviours far more when our kids have eaten sugar than we would at any other time.
There was an interesting study done with a group of mothers, who were told that their kids were drinking either a sugary drink or an artificially sweetened drink. The mums who thought their kids had had sugar reported that their children were more hyperactive etc. than those who thought their kids hadn't had sugar. On top of that, the mums who thought their kids had had sugar were observed as being harsher on their kids: staying closer to them, criticizing their behaviour more. What they were told about the drink was the ONLY experimental difference between the two groups.
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