Ever watch these documentaries:
Forks over Knives, Food Inc, Fat Head, etc.
After watching them I banished PB&J sandwiches and other food groups.
Let me explain.
I think it’s important to watch these movies. But also realize they prey on our fears. We need to create a realistic balance with food and teach our kids to do the same. Making decisions based on fear never works out in the long run.
After watching these movies I then read a billion sites related to the views presented.
My thoughts were consumed with what we ate, everyday, all day. I used to run around town to many different stores because I could only get that specific organic, non gmo, specialty item at specific stores. My life was about getting the safest, healthiest products for my family. I spend a lot of money doing this too. Then hours making the food.
As you can also imagine, eventually that lifestyle started to wear on us and affect our quality of life. We stayed home a lot, avoided people and functions. I was only teaching my kids how to have an unhealthy relationship with food and to avoid people and places that I thought did as well. It was very tiring and lonely.
At one point my my son said to me: “Will I ever be able to have a PB&J?” It was a banished item in our home for a year. I tried to use almond/coconut flour to make bread but we know that doesn’t taste the same as regular bread. Eventually, I came to my senses. I asked myself, Would he really be taking his special bread or special pizza out with him when he is a teenager when he goes to meet his friends? No. That is so unrealistic. And labels him as a weirdo.
We slowly introduced all the forbidden foods back into their diets. He was granted his longed for sandwich. What is funny is now, since he has had it SOOOOO much at his point, he actually hates them!
So now, we go back to the simple answer: Everything in Moderation. It works. Nothing is off limits. We talk to the kids about balance and then trust them. When we are able to eat anything we want in moderation, then it becomes less enticing too. Which puts the control back in our lives.
So, please beware of watching movies/documentaries that cause you to feel fearful and cause you go to the fridge and pantry and throw everything away.