We’ve all seen *that* mom on Facebook. She posts pictures of the gourmet baby food she’s painstakingly prepared for her young baby. She shares articles stating that anything less than organic fruits and vegetables are covered in chemicals and will definitely harm you and your children. She comments on a picture of your kids eating the blue box mac and cheese and asks if you know about this great organic mac and cheese that only costs $5.00 a box.
We see these things and suddenly feel guilty. Am I not doing good enough for my child? Am I setting her up for a bad life by not buying grass-fed beef, homegrown eggs, and 100% GMO free food? I’m here to tell you that you’re doing a GREAT job. You’re feeding your family the best you know how, with what you have available.
Perhaps you WANT to buy organic but simply can’t afford it. Maybe you’re living on one income and you have dreams of being able to buy the best quality food for your family but just don’t have enough money right now. There’s no need to worry! You’re doing the best you can in your situation. Things WILL get better; things WILL look up, and someday soon you’ll have the money to afford organic food for your family.
Maybe you simply choose NOT to buy organic food. For you, it’s just more money to spend on something you know you can buy cheaper. Regular fresh strawberries don’t taste any different to you than the organic strawberries that cost three dollars more. Or maybe you do buy some organic, but still buy that blue box mac and cheese because your kids love it SO much, and you feel guilty seeing that next to your fresh grass-fed ground beef in your shopping cart.
A few weeks ago I decided to try my hand at making whole wheat English muffins, both to save money and to control the types of ingredients that were in it. I was so proud of myself at how they turned out! Delicious and healthy; perfect for Allison’s breakfast! I toasted it and put a slice of Canadian bacon and sliced cheese on it, cut it evenly in half, and set it on Allison’s tray.
She then proceeded to open up the sandwich, pick off and eat all the cheese, and declare herself done. This right here is why I personally don’t buy organic, premium foods, haha. Why spend all that money on things she won’t even eat? Perhaps someday when she’s older and we have more spending money, I’ll be able to buy the more expensive organic food. But for now, I’m perfectly happy buying regular fruits and vegetables and plain old ground beef because I know I’m still putting good food on my family’s plates.
No matter what your situation, just know that you are amazing, and your kids love you for who you are, not what you feed them.