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Thursday, October 17th, 2013
2 years, 11 months.
Tuesday afternoon when I picked you up from school, your teacher Ms. Lauren directed me over to the current poster on the wall, featuring what you and your friends have been learning about this week.
The question was, “What do we buy at the grocery store?”
As always, you had the most random, confusing answer:
“Old MacDonald mac and cheese, apple squeeze things, fruit juice, pizza.”
By “apple squeeze things,” Ms. Lauren knew you meant fruit pouches (GoGo Squeez applesauce pouches).
But as for “Old MacDonald mac and cheese,” she had no clue…
I explained to her that Annie’s Homegrown makes a type of mac and cheese called Bernie’s Farm, which contains noodles in the shapes of rabbits, tractors, carrots, and cows.
That, to you, is “Old MacDonald mac and cheese.”
The only other peculiar answer I saw on the list was your friend Sophie’s:
Yes, well, I guess sometimes you do have to get spoons at the grocery store…
Of all weeks for this story to be something I would write about, when I signed on to the MSN homepage today, I saw a link to the story, according to Forbes, “America’s Top 25 Best Small Companies.”
Annie’s Homegrown is #10 on Forbes’ list!
Do you know how happy that makes me?
I love it that a food company like Annie’s Homegrown, who is committed to saying no to GMO’s (and Monsanto) and petroleum-based food dyes (like Kraft uses) is able to be so successful in the free market.
The other thing I love is that there’s enough people in America who demand real food (that doesn’t contain mysterious and potentially harmful chemicals) so that a brand like Annie’s can be this successful.
This is such a beautiful case of supply and demand.
But most of all, the best part of this story for me is, you love Annie’s enough to mention it at school as one of the necessary staples that you like to buy at the grocery store.
You’re as passionate about Annie’s as I am! (Okay, so maybe you just like the way their food tastes and looks, and you’re not really aware of Annie’s “no GMO” policy, but still.)
That gives me one more reason to be so proud of you.
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Tuesday, October 8th, 2013
2 years, 10 months.
I imagine it’s pretty typical for parents to reward/bribe their child with M&M’s during the process of potty training.
However, we’ve watched a few too many documentaries on Netflix to let you eat candy that contains petroleum-based dyes, like M&M’s do.
Instead, we found that Kroger now has their own brand of healthier (and less chemical friendly) alternatives to classic favorites.
I don’t you want to end up like I did as a kid, suffering from anxiety problems and digestion issues due to food dyes that aren’t actually food.
After all, no one willingly chooses to eat petroleum… yet the FDA approves it as a food additive.
Just like with the beaver [body parts] in vanilla and strawberry flavorings…
But Kroger’s brand, called Simple Truth, makes what they call “Candy Coated Milk Chocolate Drops.”
Basically, they’re M&M’s without petroleum and tar ingredients. Instead, they’re colored with vegetable juice.
So, the deal is, Mommy lets you have two of them every time you go potty… on the potty.
Saturday night, you convinced her to let you sleep with the bag, which only contained about 5 remaining candies.
Mommy trusted you not to eat the candy, but to simply hold the bag all night, like you do your monster trucks and trains.
And you did.
You woke up in a haze Sunday morning, as Mommy and I walked into your room after hearing you mutter something about cats.
There you were, wrapped up tightly in your blanket, with your arms tucked down inside.
As we unwrapped you like a stuffed burrito, we discovered the bag of chocolate candy, still clenched tightly in your grip.
Well, you didn’t eat them, just as Mommy trusted you wouldn’t.
But as you look at the comparative picture above, you can see that your candies melted to mush in the night.
Good thing we had another bag ready for you in the pantry.
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Sunday, September 8th, 2013
2 years, 9 months.
Our family cares about buying organic and non-GMO foods.
To put it lightly, I’m personally not a fan of Monsanto.
In fact, I recently (jokingly?) referred to them as the antichrist and GMO foods as the mark of the beast:
“And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” [Revelation 13:17]
A good amount (that’s an understatement!) of the food bought or sold in America is GMO and not organic.
What’s the different between non-GMO and organic foods?
To put it simply, non-GMO (“GMO” stands for “genetically modified organism”) means that a company (like Monsanto) has not synthetically interfered with the seed of the food to fit a uniform, worldwide model.
If the food is organic, it means that chemicals and additives (like pesticides and fertilizers) were not used in the process of the food being grown.
Yes, a food product can be one without the other. I think of it this way: “Non-GMO” refers the the seed, “organic” refers to what happens to that seed once it is planted in the ground.
So how can we know which of our foods are both non-GMO and organic?
We’re definitely not waiting on the government to force companies to label their products…
Instead, we’re paying our respects (and money) to the food brands out there who not only have organic and/or non-GMO products, but who are smart enough to label their products that way, so that families like us know to buy them.
We’re not putting our blind trust and health in the hands of companies who use chemicals and synthetic modifications to “make” their foods.
We prefer our foods the way God intended them to be, instead.
And by now, enough people are passionate enough about this, like we are, that it’s getting easier to identify the labels for non-GMO and organic.
So we look for the “Non-GMO Project Verified” logo with the butterfly and the circular USDA Organic logo. We try to buy those options as much as possible.
We can’t stop non-organic, GMO foods from being sold. But we can certainly choose to buy the alternative. By alternative, I mean, the original.
Note: This is an opinion piece of the author and does not reflect Parents magazine or the medical establishment.
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Wednesday, August 7th, 2013
2 years, 8 months.
There’s no question that you love your GoGo Squeez applesauce pouches. (As do I.)
It’s just that you’ve begun to associate finishing your applesauce with finishing dinner, and therefore, having to get ready for bed.
So you take your time eating dinner, essentially trying to make it never ending.
But a few nights ago, you were really putting up a fight… Mommy and I never let you finish dinner without eating some kind of fruit.
So half jokingly, Mommy asked you if we needed to call Papa (my dad) to tell you to finish your applesauce.
You hesitantly agreed.
I quickly briefed Papa on what was going on before putting him on speakerphone and handing the phone to you.
“Jack, you need to eat your applesauce. It’s good for you,” Papa advised.
You didn’t say a word. You just listened, nearly in disbelief that I actually called Papa about this.
He did his best, but ultimately, after the phone call, you still stood your ground.
We gave you a choice: Either eat your applesauce and have some playtime afterwards, or go straight upstairs to get ready for bed.
You chose to go straight upstairs. (Granted, Mommy still forced you to eat a spoon of applesauce before taking you upstairs.)
So sort of like the time you put yourself in time-out so you wouldn’t have to get dressed, you chose not eating applesauce over getting extra playtime.
Just in case you missed it, here’s the irony:
You didn’t want to eat your applesauce because it signified going upstairs to get ready for bed, meaning your fun time would come to an end.
So you refused your applesauce, meaning you went straight upstairs, forgoing the option of playing with your toys in the living room for a few minutes before going upstairs.
Even Papa tried to help. But sometimes you’re just so set in your ways.
P.S. I have to brag on GoGo Squeez. Their products are free of high fructose corn syrup or any added colors or flavors. I’m not waiting or hoping for the government to mandate food labeling. Instead, I’m taking control of the situation myself by purposely buying food from brands I can trust. Brands that aren’t dependent on Monsanto for their livelihood or that are shady about their ingredients. Any food brand that can claim to be kosher certified, as well as vegan friendly, has my attention:
(Plus, all GoGo Squeez products are produced free of common allergens, including milk, egg, wheat, soy, tree nuts, peanuts, fish and shellfish.)
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Thursday, July 25th, 2013
2 years, 8 months.
I’ve decided that in addition to writing about the funny things you do and say on a daily basis, and covering trending parenting stories, I want to start teaching you “life lessons from dad.”
So here’s the first one:
I have learned that the topics of politics, religion, and food are so interwoven into emotions, moral beliefs, and sense of identity, that to bring up a point that goes against or even questions a person’s already established viewpoint…
Well, it often ends up becoming an insult, a threat, or a display of arrogance: It could put you in danger of being perceived as self-righteous or judgmental; even if you have the purest of intentions.
While it seems most people are familiar with the fact that politics and religion are sensitive subjects, I recently learned that the topic of “food you don’t eat” is equal in regards to one’s emotions, moral beliefs, and sense of identity.
But my opinion about these topics isn’t worth dividing people. I want to connect to people and make them feel included, and I’ve learned that openly talking about, or even just asking questions about, these three topics isn’t the way to do this.
So for the past month or so, I’ve been trying something out. I’ve been very careful not to use the “V-word” to label myself in regards to my eating lifestyle or the “L-word” to label my political beliefs.
And when it comes to speaking about my religious faith, I am trying to focus on humility, more than anything; which is one of the most important aspects of what I believe anyway. What good are my religious beliefs if my personal beliefs regarding politics and/or food distract people from my faith?
This is me trying to deliberately not perpetuate America’s polarizing tendencies, especially in social media. Both CNN and Fox News are pretty good at that already. I’ll leave it to the experts.
Regarding politics, religion, and food I don’t eat, I’ll let my viewpoints remain as much of a mystery as possible… until people specifically ask, or it works its way into conversation more naturally.
I want to earn the right to have these conversations with individuals, not broadcast my lifestyle across the universe to the masses like I’m the ultimate authority on these three sensitive subjects.
Here’s to finding out if my actions can speak louder than my words.
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