Thursday, August 26, 2010

Healthy is in the Eye of the Beholder

I was/am/am attempting??? to be one of those moms who does not encourage her children to eat fast food or junk food. As Bri has gotten older I have gotten much more slack in what she can eat, but the basic rule of thumb is still - should she have a pound of cookies or a pound of grapes? Uh, duh.

Alas, I am that mom who today found herself in a booth at McDonalds with her 16-month old, feeding her french fries and smiling as she laughed, stuffing them down her throat. There were several factors involved here.

  1. Brianna ate a small breakfast compared to usual (2 yogurts, a couple of small bowls of Apple Jacks and milk) so by lunchtime she was pretty hungry probably.
  2. I left her diaper bag at church last night and was going to get it today after lunch. It had a bunch of snacks in there.
  3. I had a mystery shop to do and couldn't think of a valid reason to get anyone to babysit when I knew she'd do fine.
  4. I figured french fries aren't the worst thing she's ever going to eat.
  5. French fries are made from potatoes, after all.
I have to admit that every time someone walked past our table I felt like shoving Bri underneath it. No, it didn't make me feel better that there were several other families in there with children Brianna's age who were eating entire Happy Meals.

Oh well, like I said, not an optimal diet but at least it's a rare one. I do think she'll survive.


Anonymous said...

Don't deprive her or she might be on Dr. Phil talking about you one day. LOL

Anonymous said...

There is nothing wrong with any food as long as it is portioned out correctly. Holding back certain foods will only make it difficult for you in the long run. Who wants to invite a child over who has a long list of don't's if they aren't allergic to anything. Picky moms and their children are often avoided by other moms as they get older. Just some friendly advice from someone who has been there.

Amanda said...

This post was intended to be funny. I know too many people who feed their children fast food three to five times a week and while I don't agree with that, I've never said anything to them. I don't think there's anything wrong with the occasional indulgence either.

If we were invited to someone's house and all they had to offer was junk food to eat I would never be so rude as to tell them they couldn't offer her any of it. Sorry if the humor didn't come across in this post.

Tracey Garner said...

Don't worry about it Amanda. I thought it was funny. You are great!! Fries never hurt anyone, if they did I would be dead. LOL

Amanda said...

Same here Tracey - I could eat fries with every meal!