Thursday, February 16, 2012

One thing I have yet to understand is how someone could be against organic food. Now, I do not buy all organic produce or even all all-natural products. However, we are looking to start TTC in a month or so, so i have started to make the switch to all organic produce, milk, etc. I have read too many studies about the health effects of pesticides and antibiotics on the unborn baby and I am just not willing to take that risk. If I choose to eat chemicals, that's my choice, but I will not feed them to my baby.

Anyways, at lunch yesterday, I had Panera Organic Tomato Bisque and I commented on how delicious it was. One lady asked how much sodium is in it. I told her (19% of your DV) and she gasped at how high it was. I explained that I have really low blood pressure and salt isn't something I watch too closely in my diet. Another person commented on how it was organic. I nodded and told them that we are making the switch to all organic produce to prepare for pregnancy but I take packaged products that are organic with a grain of salt. It certainly doesn't make them healthier BUT you at least aren't eating all the chemicals. And I plan on eating mostly foods that are not prepackaged which makes up probably 80% of my diet now so it won't be too much of a change.

They started bashing me for wanting to go organic. Basically telling me that it is a waste of money and stupid. I shared the data and then just shut up because I was getting so angry. They were saying that the chemicals really aren't that bad for you and blag blah blah. THEN one of the ladies (who happens to be PREGNANT!) took a huge bite of a Ho Ho and said, "I don't live in fear of food LIKE ELICIA! I eat everything and the only thing I have cut out is alcohol." Um, ok, good for you. BUT I didn't tell YOU what to do, I just said what was best for ME and MY baby. YOU can eat whatever junk that fits your fancy.

Food is very important to me and I think it plays a big role in health and disease so why would I feed chemicals, even the smallest amount, to my child? That is why we plan on making homemade baby food from organic produce and getting our children off to the best start possible.

I'm sorry that I don't have the luxury of having the innocence that comes with pregnancy. I HAVE held my child that died inside of me and I am going to do EVERYTHING I can to ensure that that doesn't happen again. God is in control but he gave me this knowledge for a reason and I am going to make the choices that I feel are best.

Sorry friends, I just HAD to get that off my chest! I don't understand why people have to be so freaking nosy and opinionated. But whatever, I know that what I am doing is the right thing and their opinions certainly aren't going to change that!

On a brighter note, we have an appointment with our perinatologist on March 2nd and then we can start TTC!! I cannot wait!! Woo hoo!!
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    I think it is awesome that you are doing organic! Who doesn't want the best for their kids? I stopped drinking soda and ate a lot more fruits and veggies while pregnant, but I'd go back to eating more junk after I gave birth and especially after weaning, and then I gained a lot of weight. We don't do everything organic, but it's amazing how much crap is in stuff like cleaners and detergents. I switched our laundry detergent to a natural kind called Charlie's Soap. I also use non toxic cleaning products from a company called Mrs Meyers Clean Day. We buy organic milk and yogurt and some produce and meats when we can afford it or depending on what the store has. I don't eat or do everything perfectly, but I feel people need to be more aware of what they put in their bodies, on their skin and wash and c lean their homes and clothes with. We constantly breathe that stuff in. It's no wonder so many kids nowadays are allergic to everything. I even know of moms who think it's ok to drink while they are pregnant because it relaxes them. Why don't they just take a bath or read a book? It amazes me how some people can justify any negative thing they do and just not care. I know you'll have an amazing pregnancy and you and your baby will be so healthy!
    2577 days ago
    Glad you could vent! People can be such a**es at times! You are really doing what is best for a new life before and after! I would do the same! I wish you nothing but success and a bouncing healthy new baby! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2585 days ago
    Good for you for eating better for your baby.
    Those ignorant people should read more data on pesticide and junk food-especially when you're pregnant.
    oooh! I'm getting mad too now! emoticon
    Have a nice day and don't give up! emoticon emoticon
    2585 days ago
  • no profile photo ANNONYMOUSME
    Nothing like unsolicited advice given in a demeaning manner! Good job going the organic route; it's all about doing what works for you.

    You might want to research fat free vs. full fat dairy and TTC. I had some issues getting pregnant until I switched to full fat. I don't know if the full fat dairy helped, but the month after I switched I got my BFP.

    Good luck in your TTC journey. I hope your rainbow comes to you when you're ready!
    2586 days ago
    Thanks guys :) I know I'm doing the right thing :) It just makes me mad when people put their nose where it shouldn't be! I can't wait until I have a healthy baby in my arms!!
    2586 days ago
    I agree and I'm not planning on having a child! In fact, I've been trying to eliminate packaged foods and go more organic just to be healthier for me. I know that preservatives have an affect on me. I look at list for which fruits and veggies should be organic or not and go by that.

    I also don't worry about salt as my blood pressure is at the low end always. I don't load up on and I don't really bake with it (unless it's bread) but I don't have a problem with it.

    It amazes how people sometimes just don't respect someone else's choices.
    2586 days ago
    I completely agree with everything you said in your blog. Good luck with the TTC!!!
    2586 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/17/2012 11:50:43 AM
    All d best to you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    2587 days ago
    omg, I know exactly how you feel, when you say you'll do everything to be healthy while pregnant and wanting to give your child the best possible start... That is EXACTLY how I feel. It's something that I want them to grow up with and be used to. For me, honestly, I don't want them ever drinking cows milk as they get older then can make their own choices, but I want them to be used to and prefer what's actually good for them.

    I also agree that going organic would be the best, and I wish I could switch like you are! I just can't afford it all the time =( I think it's so wonderful that you chose to take that opportunity!

    Good luck to you both! You will be fantastic and educated parents!
    2587 days ago
  • no profile photo NAMMYOFTHREE
    You are doing the right thing...the best thing for you and your future baby. Stick with the winners and surround yourself with positive people.......I love Panera too......maybe headphones next time? :)
    2587 days ago
    Best of luck to you guys. Try not to worry about what other people think and do what you think is best. It is your body and health not theirs.
    2587 days ago
    I've had to deal with some similar stuff recently, and I always feel better when I think about the fact that even though someone else's comment may have offended me, they are THEM and I am ME. There are so many different opinions and perceptions in life that I'm surprised anyone is ever on the same page. And even though their comments still may sting or annoy, YOU know what is important and as long as you can keep that faith, you'll be happy and successful in your life. Seems logical but sometimes it takes a few moments to get back to what is important.

    Totally agree with you on the chemicals though. Best wishes for the TTC!
    2587 days ago
  • WINNIE1978
    This reminds me of something that I saw recently online... I don't remember it word for word, but the gist of it was that it wasn't all that long ago that we didn't call it "organic food", we just called it "food"... because back then there wasn't a need for all of the chemicals, food dyes, artificial everything.

    I'm sorry that you were bashed over trying to eat healthier for you and your future baby. Good luck with TTC!!!
    2587 days ago
    To each his one ever told them or they have never done the research to even know how much pesticide is used on foods. You just happen to care what happens to your unborn child. I eat organic foods but i also ate processed food they were selling at the grocery store to. That's before I did my research. lol...Keep doing what you're doing.
    2587 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/16/2012 5:38:49 PM
    I don't think anyone can say chemicals are good for us. Period! Some just don't care as much as others do...and that's fine, for them. You are doing everything in your power to have a healthy body and a healthy baby in the future, and I say emoticon !!! You're doing the right thing! Good luck!!
    2587 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/16/2012 5:22:38 PM
    It is not worth arguing with some people. Do what is best for you and let them and their ignorance go.
    2587 days ago
    Best of luck to you guys!!

    Some people just don't understand. They need to learn to keep their mouth shut.
    2587 days ago
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