Let me lay this out for you…my grocery cart does not overflow with organically grown vegetables. In fact, I defy you to find a single, solitary leafy green in there. Oh sure, I waltz through the produce department merrily tossing juicy apples or bright yellow bananas into the mix on a weekly basis, but that’s about it for anything that began its life as a seed.
What you will find in my cart, guaranteed, are packs of lunch meat in those convenient disposable storage containers, boxes of Reduced Fat Cheez-its (a personal weakness of mine), cookies and cold cereal with a tad more than one gram of sugar per serving.
So…does that make me a bad mom? I say, “Heck no!”
My children have no love for veggies but they are about the farthest thing from childhood obesity poster kids as you can get. They’ll have applesauce from a jar as a side dish to their grilled chicken, thank you very much. And they sweat it out in a karate dojo four times a week in addition to truly PLAYING outside. (I’m talking old school running and jumping here!)
Still every time I load my weekly food purchases onto the conveyor belt, I feel like I’m under a microscope. I’ve had fellow shoppers blatantly eyeball my items then look upon me with undisguised scorn more than once as they prepared their reusable canvas shopping bags for packaging up their own wholesome haul.
But I’m not gonna let these judgmental types rattle me anymore. From this day forward, I’ll stand strong in the decisions I make as a mother…even the ones that allow my kids a pop tart from time to time!
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