Do you ever feel bad for making healthy food in your home or sending healthy snacks to school for your kids to eat? I know that may sound weird, but I totally suffer from this Parent Food Guilt Syndrome or PFGS (I am creating a new diagnosis! I can do that right?)
There are times I say to myself, “I am being crazy…it can’t hurt them to have popcorn, juice boxes, cupcakes, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches…they will survive, I did”. But the truth is, why would I feel guilty when i have spent time, money, and preparation making others food that supplies their growing bodies with the nutrients it needs because it’s not what “the neighbor” is eating next to them. I shouldn’t feel guilty for that! I should feel guilty for giving them the unhealthy foods that makes up the STANDARD AMERICAN DIET.
So many days, I feel pressured to just “give in” and just let the kids be kids, order the kids meal, drink a pop, buy a candy bar, or eat everything at a birthday party. I question myself about thinking about what they put in their bodies so much.
It really doesn’t affect them that much?
I have come to the conclusion that it does affect them “that much”. With my children, I see them break out with rashes. I also experience the hyperactivity that comes along with many of the foods. As much guilt I may feel or PFGS I have, it is more unfair to expose them to foods that wreak havoc on their bodies and then get mad at them for being out of control.
So I say, LET’S END PFGS! Feel proud of the healthy food choices you make for your family! Enjoy finding and creating new healthy foods and getting rid of the old ones that are built on sugar, corn, soy, gluten, and dairy! Cherish the time you spend on making and sending healthy food choices! BANISH PEER PRESSURE TO DO THE EASY THING!. Think about your food, personal care products, cleaning products, and pick ones that are the healthiest for your family!