Can you relate?
I was in NM visiting my family for the Thanksgiving holiday. It was towards the end of our trip after all the turkey and endless food-consuming opportunities. I was in the garage, a hang-out place for our family, and deep in conversation with my youngest brother.
One moment, my 4 year old son comes out and asks if he can have Froot Loops. Fucking froot loops. My nephew was going to have a bowl and of course my two boys wanted some too. I said “OK”.
(Which surprised even me, but honestly I was tired of the constant food-battle I had created all weekend and succumbed to the food-epitome our world. I was tired of fighting and just didnt’ want another fight. I wanted great conversation and no battles.)
Okay, back to the moment….
I will never forget his look. It was a mix of bewilderment and shock. “Really, Mom?, he questioned.
“Yes”. I replied.
He ran into the house screaming, “YES! “SHE SAID YES, SHE SAID YES!”! “YAY”!
My mother comes out about 10 minutes later and tells me the boys LOVE the froot loops and are on their 4th bowl. “Becky, thank you SO much for letting your boys have froot loops.” Her expression said more than her words. She was SO happy (and surprised) I allowed this moment to happen.
It was if I finally allowed them to fly for the first time… or gave them a new puppy they had been asking for, for years… In my family’s eyes, I was allowing them to experience a slice… or bowl of life. Rather than being myself, a crazy Hippie Mom.
Instead of denying them these bowls of absolute taste bud exploding ecstasy, I surrendered… well, on the outside.
I was screaming on the inside.
I imagined their bellies churning with artificially colored sugar, GMO wheat products, and partially hydrogenated vegetable oil… and well let’s be honest who knows what else!
Then I stopped. I just stopped.
The adults in that room feeding our kids Froot Loops felt as if they were giving my kids an ultimate eating experience. It was fun and they loved watching them gobble it up. For that their moment it was bliss. For that moment.
After the boys had finished 4 bowls each… they were drugged-out crazy heads. Just in time for dinner.
I didn’t say a thing. I observed and felt validated by my soul’s strong conviction to live and eat differently. Although my complete belief that they would be drugged-out crazy heads could have manifested their behaviour… it happened either way.
I won’t even describe the aftermath of the 4 bowls of Froot Loops on both of my sons’ tummies that night extending into the following day… it just added fuel to my fire.
There are usually two responses to my story.
- “It’s good for kids to just have fun and eat some “bad” stuff every once in a while.”
- “OMG! That is horrifying. I could NEVER let my kids eat that s**t!”
#2’s I’m with you… but in this moment of time I was tired of the fight and viewed as a crazy Hippie Mom. Everyone’s eyes would glaze over when I would go into anything Hippie-ish and it was the 4th day of our Thanksgiving vacation and I was worn out. Can you relate?
SOOOO if you would respond with #1…
That’s seemingly reasonable response when you don’t know what you know. When you research and understand the ingredients in those boxes you no longer have the luxury of enjoying your kids eating toxins.
So to my #1’ers….
Let’s look at some facts:
According to the American Heart Association the daily recommended amount of sugar is:
Adult Men: 37.5 g (9.4 tsp)
Adult Women: 25 g (6.25 tsp)
Pre-teen & Teenagers: 21 – 33 g (5.25 – 8.25 tsp)
Children 4-8: 12.5 g (3.125 tsp)
Preschool: 16.7 g (4.175 tsp)
Froot Loops have 12 grams of sugar in each serving. I small bowl of Froot Loops. So essentially my boys had about 4-5 times the amount of recommended sugar (48 – 60 grams of sugar) intake for dinner in a 30 minute window. WITH MILK! Don’t get me started on milk.
Oh and 4 servings of these fake, preservative, and chemical filled ingredients: (SOURCE)
INGREDIENTS: SUGAR, WHOLE GRAIN CORN FLOUR, WHEAT FLOUR, WHOLE GRAIN OAT FLOUR, OAT FIBER, SOLUBLE CORN FIBER, PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED VEGETABLE OIL, (ONE OR MORE OF: , COCONUT, SOYBEAN, AND/OR , COTTONSEED OILS, ) , SALT,SODIUM ASCORBATE, AND , ASCORBIC ACID (VITAMIN C), NIACINAMIDE,REDUCED IRON, NATURAL ORANGE,LEMON, CHERRY, RASPBERRY,BLUEBERRY, LIME, AND OTHER ,NATURAL FLAVORS, RED #40, BLUE #2,TURMERIC COLOR, YELLOW #6, ZINC OXIDE, ANNATTO COLOR, BLUE #1,PYRIDOXINE HYDROCHLORIDE (VITAMIN B6), RIBOFLAVIN (VITAMIN B2), THIAMIN HYDROCHLORIDE (VITAMIN B1), VITAMIN A PALMITATE, BHT, [PRESERVATIVE] ,FOLIC ACID, VITAMIN D, VITAMIN B12
Well at least it has synthetic vitamins and a few “natural” fruit flavors… but the first ingredient SUGAR! Oh but also made with all GMO wheat and flours, artificial coloring, and vegetable oils. OH and the artificially colouring agent Red #40 is made from petroleum and poses serious health problems.
It literally is a box full of carcinogens, toxins, dangerous additives and cancer-causing ingredients.
I can honestly understand my family’s side. They haven’t read or researched on these topics to the extent I have. They didn’t look at the ingredients on the side of the box before they bought it and said “Hey what exactly is BHT? Are partially hydrogenated vegetable oils and artificial colors safe?
They are not obsessed… or as I like to call passionate and extremely curious about this subject.
Not everyone knows what is happening in our food industry. They are part of the population (the majority) that still believes that if it’s on the shelves, then it must be okay to eat or put on our bodies.
BUT if you’re a Hippie Mom, you are informed and don’t have the luxury of watching your kids eat a bowl of Froot Loops with a sense of calm and happiness.
All Hippie Moms will face these types of dilemmas, experiences, challenges, and/or opportunities. We will be surrounded by those that just don’t know what we know.
Some may want to know more…. and some won’t!
We may be viewed as crazy, neurotic, and unbearable. We may give in here and there…. but we NEVER give up to make this world a safer place for our families and ourselves. It is our mission and duty to our children and future generations.
Once you choose to begin this journey… there is only one way.
What would you have done in this situation? Have you had a similar experience?
Please share!! I’d LOVE to know.
Love and light to you all beautiful souls. Thanks for reading 🙂
Live Hippily… and be informed!