Facebook is a great tool to keep up with friends and relatives but sometimes it can just be a complete downer, here's why: I absolutely believe knowledge is power, when you know better you do better, and just because previous generations have been doing something doesn't always mean that it's right, but the constant barrage of posts from people"this is bad" "this has chemicals in it" "this has feces in it" "this has sugar in it" "gluten is evil" "corn is evil" "you are eating pesticides" starts to make you feel like you are the worst parent in the world.
I do some organic but I let her have lollipops with red dye #whatever in it, we don't go gluten free and I use sugar, I buy ground turkey instead of beef for the health benefits but now I found out 90% of it is tainted with feces. I use sunscreen so she won't burn to a crisp and have skin cancer by the time she is 29 like I did but I'm sentencing her to another kind of cancer for sure because of the ingredients in sunscreen. I'm feeding her lots of fruit and vegetables but not all organic, does the benefit of eating them outweigh the fact that they are loaded with pesticides and will probably cause some form of cancer. I cook a lot from scratch and try to make healthy balanced meals with not a lot of meat and lots of fish but the mercury levels in fish are off the charts so is the health benefit of fish totally cancelled out by the fact that it's full of mercury. We don't eat a lot of packaged food but the food we eat is not all organic, is it better to just eat a diet of all organic packaged foods. Should I not be using toothpaste if it's not Tom's of Maine? I'm using organic canned diced tomatoes in meals but the cans are leaching unsafe metals and chemicals into the food so does that cancel out the fact that it's organic? I've tried to not use any plastics that are not BPA free but I have been known to heat up leftovers in a BPA free plastic container and even though it is BPA free it's still leaching out chemicals when exposed to heat.
So here's what you do, YOU DO THE BEST YOU CAN! Become informed about the topics that are of most importance to you, knowledge is power, when you know better you do better but don't let it make you crazy, you just do the best you can with what you have, take small steps if you want by changing this or that but don't get so freaky about food and other things that it negatively affects the quality of your life or your children's lives. I absolutely believe that we are living in a soup of chemicals and that they cause a myriad of health problems especially cancer. We're also eating unsafe quantities of sugar and diabetes is becoming so common and killing people at an alarming rate, there are a lot of things that are going to kill us, I'm not going to bury my head in the sand but I can't live in constant fear. I'm going to feed my family the best that I can, always trying to learn more to make the right decisions but I'm going to try to not constantly beat myself up about every new post that pops up on FB about the dangers of this or that or that I fed my family a meal of feces tacos last night, hey I thought they tasted pretty good!