Thursday, April 11, 2013
Because I really need to just whine and complain for a bit, and no one around here seems to want to hear it :)
I posted something on Facebook today that basically said American Omnivores have a 50% chance of dying of a heart attack, and Vegans have a 4% chance.
That's kind of an alarming statistic to me. And the response from two of my closer friends was "everything in moderation". AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH
I hate that phrase!! My husband says it all the time.
What does that even mean?????
When I think about the pounds and pounds of butter I was buying, the pounds of chicken and beef, the pounds and pounds of cheese, the 25 pound bags of sugar AND 25 pound bags of brown sugar...that wasn't moderation. I really thought I was feeding my family a fairly healhy diet (no artificial flavor, color or preservatives!) But we were WAY overboard on calories, fat, and sugar - even based on USDA recommendations. We were also WAY low on vegetables. Like, I was cooking a veggie maybe once a week, or tossing some corn into a stew.
MUCH of my frustration actually has nothing to do with today's Facebook post, or my transition to ETL, It really has to do with candy and sweets. I have been trying for the past 4 years to protect my kids from artificial flavor and color, which dramatically affects their brain. It is a mind-altering drug to them (and to me). But they are offered candy EVERY DAY. There is a school party with brownies or cupcakes every single week. On the bus a kid passes them some goldfish or a granola bar. I even had to double check my salad dressing from Trader Joe's to guarantee nothing poisonous snuck thru the radar.
And I'm SOOO tired of it.
If it was cocaine, or cigarettes, or invites to the drunken party that my kids were having to politely turn away every single day from friends, teachers,, bus drivers, church leaders, and grandparents ---- what would I do?? I'm pretty sure I'd go completely bonkers and start a nationwide campaign ...or the opposite - I'd start a commune and never let the kids out of the house.
But the attitude I get from so many people is .....everything in moderation! It's just a tiny Snickers bar. It's just a cupcake. It's just a juice box. It's just...it's just...it's just. This is NOT moderation!! This is several times a day, several days a week, every single week of the year.
And I'm so tired of fighting against the swollen current of junkfood that my family is swimming in. And so I've become entirely irrational about dumb things like ....heart attacks.