Everytime I go grocery shopping, I see all the parents buying their kids Cereals, Granola Bars, Juice, Candy etc Basically all the processed crap that people claim is healthy. It just makes me sad to see all these kids eating this crap day in and day out. And when I try to help most people they think the paleo diet is just crazy or all that meat will kill them.
Not really -- it's none of my business what other people eat, or how they feed their children. I'm sure other people get upset looking at my basket full of red meat, grassy butter, eggs, 100% baking chocolate and leg of lamb and are sure I'm going to keel over and die any minute now. It's frankly a waste of my time and energy getting het up about what other people eat or think about what I eat.
I'm still of the opinion that no one diet is optimal for everyone anyway, Paleo is just what happens to work for me.
I don't care about what anyone else eats. I only get upset when people seem to care too much about what I eat.
No, because when the Zombie Apocalypse is caused by wheat, and The Happening is happening, we will survive; those folks won't. LOL
What boggles my mind are the parents who have kids with behavioral issues and the fact that they haven't connected the dietary dots.
I tend to believe that everyone is allowed to raise their children as they see fit, and for me to say otherwise because I found something that worked for me is zealotry.
So no, it doesn't bother me at all. It's sad, but the best you can do is be healthy and fit and work to change common wisdom... because no one has the right to tell you what you can feed your family.
I respect the rights of others to eat whatever they want. Not everyone wants to eat a paleo diet and that's okay with me. I can't be responsible for what other people eat.
I'm sure many of us have eaten our fair share of candy, soda, and breakfast cereal before going paleo, so I can't fault others for what they eat.
I'm only upset by what my ex feeds MY kids.
I stuff them with as many nutrient-dense foods as I can when they are at my house, though. I must say they have adjusted better than I initially thought they would to my new "food rules" (dad ain't buying bread, pizza, soda, candy, etc. anymore, so don't ask!), and it has been fun for me watching them discover real food.
I was one of those parents. I'm not upset so much. Every time I see others feeding their kids that way I get upset at myself at how long it took me to see the error of my way. I'm content living the example right now, maybe someone will ask me about why and I can tell them then.
What makes me sadder is that I was one of those kids eating that junk and that's probably partly to blame for my current health issues. I can't do much with my daughter either because my wife isn't on board and my daughter is exposed to too much junk food elsewhere (daycare, playdates, etc). I just try to minimize the damage, by buying low sugar rice based cereals and providing copious quantities of fruits so she's less tempted to eat the cereal grains. Not much we can do about dairy since my wife stopped breastfeeding at 1 and she still needs the nutrients.
I sometimes feel saddened that parents might not have the right information in hand and so with the right (or wrong) set of genetic preconditions they could be making very bad decisions (without ever knowing that) for their kids. It's hard for me personally though to try to impose my beliefs on other parents since after all we're all just a part of a grand experiment that has not yet come to any definite conclusion.
I know my own parents loved me deeply. They also thought a bowel of cereal with bananas and a glass of orange juice was the perfect breakfast. Or a whole wheat English muffin, a bagel with strawberry jam, a bowel of fruit ... that's a healthy breakfast right? </sarcasm> Of course the things my parents fed me hurt my health tremendously. But of course my parents loved me so much and only did what they knew best to do. I have to remember my own parents love and their mistakes when I see other parents acting similarly.
To avoid getting upset with other parents I also remind myself that I can't really say with utmost certainty that the variables in my diet that I suspect improved my health in recent years are really the cause of the improvements I experienced. My strongest conjecture today (based on a few external data points and my experience) is that I have suffered from a "carbohydrate intolerance" throughout my life (since after following a diet that mostly excluded CHO I became much to my surprise asymptomatic of several serious health conditions), but that is after all just a conjecture; there are so many confounders in any such (N=1) experiment: D3? Gluten exclusion? B Vitamins? DHA? ...
I think it is appropriate though to just share with other parents (through social media posts or when asked in person) the types of food I eat, the types of food I prepare for my family, and why I personally believe my family's chosen way of eating affects our health in very positive ways. It's then up to them to decide if they think that's right for their family or not. Some might take a near nihilist approach towards their kids' nutrition and think drinking 2-3 orange sodas a day etc is just fine ... I think we know the likely end to that story and it is rather tragic ... but in many mays to me less tragic than not respecting another family's autonomy.
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