On Nutrition

I thought I was through with packing and unpacking my suitcase this summer, but after a quick decision to hitch a ride back to Chicago with Amanda yesterday, Charlotte and I are once again on the road. While packing the Charlotte-gear, I realized we were down on more than a few essentials, meaning Charlotte wouldn’t be getting her butt wiped if I didn’t get to the store in 24 hours. 

So today: off to Babies R Us. Hmph. Mom and Mimi came with, so at least I had help loading Charlotte’s college fund alotta dollars worth of disposable items into the cart.

The good thing about big stores like this is that they always have promotional deals going on. This is also something I hate about these places. For instance, I spent way too much time agonizing over whether it was a better deal to purchase the two smaller packs of diapers on sale rather than one bulk box at regular price. I can’t get those ten minutes of my life back. (For the record, I went with the two smaller packs.)

To all my fellow mommy friends – there is a pretty good sale on Gerber baby food going on: $12 for 20 packs of regular or organic purees, any variety. I scoured the shelves for the remaining organic varieties and shoveled them into my cart like a fiend.

Yes, I’m a little particular when it comes to feeding the Little Sprout. Usually, I will make her baby food at home. It’s less expensive, healthier, and surprisingly simple to do. And yes, I’d make Chris go back to the store for an organic sweet potato if he brought home a non-organic tater. I picture Charlotte’s body and nutrition as so pure at this point, and I want to preserve that as long as I can before she declares that she’ll only eat hot dogs and macaroni and cheese. I may be crazy and slightly neurotic, but I’m wise enough to acknowledge that she won’t be squealing with delight over peas for her entire life. In fact, if she’s anything like I was as an eater, Chris and I are in trouble.

Anyway, I was thinking about all of this and organizing her new baby food into little piles this evening (boredom) when it occurred to me (again) that I need to take better care of myself. While I’m feeding my child organic beets and whole grain, I’m skipping breakfast, drinking coffee for lunch, and having potato chips with a side of cake for dinner. Okay, this is an exaggeration, but some days, it’s not that far off. I’ll spend whatever it takes to feed Charlotte the healthiest options available, but when it comes to Chris and I, we have more trouble spending an extra $3 on organic grapes. And trust me, I’ve read up and know which foods/produce are more important to buy organic as well as how spending more money on healthy food saves money on health care in the long run. It’s just cruel that there is such a price differential. Thank goodness for farmers’ markets during the warm months.

I know I’m not alone in my not-sleeping-breakfast-skipping-cake-eating ways; there are plenty of other moms out there who, for lack of a better word, forget about themselves when they’re busy with kids, work, housekeeping, etc. Why do we do that? Don’t we believe our children deserve to have healthy parents?

The other day I made Kale chips for the second time. Like the first time, it was an utter failure (some were charred, some too chewy). But I forced myself to eat the entire batch in the name of good health.

So, in conclusion, all you mothers out there – eat your kale.

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