Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Get The Junk Out

I was at a family event yesterday with some distant relatives that Weston hasn't yet had the chance to meet. We got on the topic of introducing solids and talking about how Weston reaches for straws now (and pretty much all food in general).

One of the moms shared that her son, who is 9 months old, had a fast of a Tim Horton's iced cap and now you have to hide them from him. An Ice Cap!? Like the caffeine, creamery sugary drink from a machine that even adults probably shouldn't over indulge in. I was flummoxed. (for the record, a medium iced cap has a whopping 55 grams of sugar!)

The conversation then went on to "hiding junk food" from children. It has never for a moment occurred to me that we would hide junk food from Weston. Is this a common thing?

I am of the mindset that we should all eat healthfully and junk food really has no place in our home on a regular basis. Treats, absolutely. But I want Weston to grow up understanding why we eat healthy foods and what will provide him the most nourishment to grow.

The marketing of junk foods geared towards children is shocking. Although these stats are from the US, I would assume they are quite similar in Canada. A review of children's diets revealed the following:
I don't want to create and environment of "good" and "bad" foods, but there are some things I just don't think belong in a child's diet.  This is also something I am considering as we look into potential day cares. I have pretty much accepted that I will probably end up packing his foods if we want him to always have high quality vegetarian meals. And I am totally OK with that.

Do you have food policies for your home? 
Do you provide treats in moderation?
I would love to hear your ideas because this is something that isn't really talked about.


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