Day 9: The Donut Incident

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I have found that when we are at home in our own little non-processed food world my kids are absolutely fine. They both seem to be more than satisfied with the options we offer them for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. I am pleased to say that I have barely gotten any complaints from them in the past week and a half. Then comes along the outside world…

This morning we had to stop at a brickyard with the kids and one of their little friends. As soon as we pulled up the kids immediately noticed that people seemed to be coming in and out of the little trailer building in the middle of the brickyard with donuts. It was as if they spotted the delectable treat from a mile away. After fielding lots of questions about if they sell donuts there or not and if I have money to buy one I finally distracted all three of them with the little fish pond outside the building. Then the lovely man that works there walked out and said “hey, do you kids want a donut?” Just what I needed!

So my 5-year-old had a little breakdown when I said “no” she couldn’t have one. I started to feel really bad, but let’s just say I only said “no” because we were about to eat, and I didn’t want her to spoil her lunch (it was right before noon). I wouldn’t have given in to her fit by giving her the donut in that situation anyway. I was feeling lots of guilt though. I started second-guessing involving our kids in this whole 100 days thing. Later I asked my husband if he thought we were making a mistake and he flatly said “no, kids shouldn’t be eating donuts anyway.” (If you think I am hard core about eating healthy you should meet him!)

Oh mommy guilt is strong though, we came home and I offered to make my 5-year-old whatever she wanted for lunch. She chose “fried eggs” and whole-wheat toast with butter & jelly, and I also made a very attractive fruit kabob with all of her favorite fruits. She seemed very happy and not only cleaned her plate, but also asked for seconds…and luckily she didn’t say another word about the “donut incident”. We are going to a birthday party with more tempting treats tomorrow. I was caught off-guard today and even though I plan to be prepared tomorrow by bringing our own pizza, and our own “cake”, and our own juice boxes I have no idea what to expect. This is what moms of children with allergies do ALL OF THE TIME though so why should I feel bad about it?

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19 comments to Day 9: The Donut Incident

  • Keri

    Hi, I just found your page via Pinterest, and I’m loving what I am reading so far. It is almost as if I am writing this myself, lol! Back in February of this year I became aware of the dangers of store bought foods, and quickly changed my family’s eating habits. I must say, it was very tough, but I am happy every day with my decision. My kids also did fine at home, liking all of the new [mostly] organic food, and everything homemade. The hard part was, like you said, when we were out, and dealing with other people. It was [and still is] amazing to me how much candy/junk my kids were being offered on a daily basis, especially at school. They would get candy if they did there homework or got me to sign a paper, on top of having class parties with mounds of processed crap every time you turn around. Do people not realize this is why childhood obesity is increasing [that and fast food]?? The hardest thing for me was definitely attending birthday parties, and my kids [8, 7, and 3] standing there watching the other kids eat cake and ice cream. But like you, I would bring them an organic snack and juice! I had trouble at first getting them to understand why we couldn’t eat just anything anymore, but after many talks and videos, they are doing great! They bring their lunch and snack every day to school. My oldest is now more picky than me about the foods she eats! And my youngest will ask, “is it organic?”! GMOs are mainly what I try to avoid. I want food made in a kitchen, not a lab! We make the majority of our food from scratch, and buy mostly organic at the grocery. We even planted a garden and raised some chickens to get fresh eggs and veggies. Some of my friends, even my husband, think I’m a little crazy for pushing the food issue so much with the kids, but I think it is vital. All the big food corporations are all about money. They will put anything in food, slap the word “natural” on the front, and people will buy it thinking they are getting something good. That used to be me! Not anymore! Everyone should pay more attention to the ingredients in their food. Google GMO to see whats on grocery store shelves!

  • Crystal

    Can you please share your recipe for making Whole Wheat donuts.

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  • Cady

    I have lots of food allergies (I am 15) and my mom always bakes me special stuff, mostly when I was younger. I don’t ever mind anymore. Not even when I was young. Even now when everyone else is eating this yummy looking cake, I honestly could care less. Sometimes parents feel awful about having something that I can’t have when I’m over playing with their daughters, but I really don’t care. They don’t believe me, but it’s true. I think your daughters will manage and will also learn a valuable lesson: self control. Other kids may grow up obese and with other problem areas in self control, but your children will turn out fantastic.

  • Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

    Hi Cady. Thank you for your thoughts. It is nice to hear from a teenager! How nice of you to encourage other parents. ~Amy

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