I’m about ready to give up, although I know that isn’t the answer. With the wee ones, especially, I do what I can to ensure that I’m teaching them to be safe, helping them learn to live happy and productive lives, and feeding them the best foods (ok, the Twix-tacular bars aside) that are the healthiest for them.
I don’t always feel like I’m a success, but I generally feel like I at least am a ship on a steady course towards the right destination, even though a wave may push me one way or the other temporarily. I’m not the best parent, but I do ok.
But ohhh this food thing.
We don’t eat trans fats at all – nothing partially hydrogenated gets eaten by us (and yes, that means some foods that we’re given in goodie bags or for Halloween get donated instead of enjoyed by the wee ones). They cause obesity and raise bad cholesterol, lowering good cholesterol.
I cut out all plastic that wasn’t BPA-free because of the risks of BPA. The increase in diabetes and fertility problems and memory issues just wasn’t worth it.
High fructose corn syrup (and really, just about all corn syrup) is also a forbidden food, and the wee ones know it. Yep, this is another one that leads to obesity, but I was also concerned with the mercury that studies found contained in many samples of foods made with HFCS.
Yesterday, studies came out showing that pesticides – particularly in produce – appear to be a big part of the reason for higher incidence of ADHD. Given the high correlation between attention issues and autism (not the mention that fact that there are times of concern with Mister Man’s attention levels!), I can’t justify putting him at risk. And my march towards buying organic has suddenly become a sprint as I vow to avoid any produce that isn’t organic going forward.
And today … more bad news. That BPA issue? It’s worse in the linings of cans than it is in plastic. So much for my “healthy” homemade tomato sauce. Or my emergency we’re-out-of-fruit-pineapple. Eden Foods is apparently the only option for non-BPA cans, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen that brand near me.
So what’s next?
What else will I learn that I’m doing that I think is healthy, that I’m trying to do to help the wee ones only to discover that I’m instead poisoning them in one form or the other.
I’ll be the mom sitting in the corner drooling and muttering gibberish. Don’t mind me.