Trying to eat healthy, but frustrated

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amyrenee's picture
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Trying to eat healthy, but frustrated

As I was reading the news this morning, I came across a couple articles about a fungicide being found in major orange juice brands and now all OJ being imported into the US is being tested. This sent me into somewhat of a panic as orange juice has been one of my main cravings this pregnancy and I drink at least a couple glasses every day.

This led me to think about all the fruits and vegetables I eat everyday that aren't organic. So frustrating to think that I'm trying to consume a really healthy diet and eat what's best for the baby, but at the same time probably consuming lots of pesticides and other things that could cause harm (even though I wash all my fruits and vegetables).

Just wondering how cautious the rest of you are when it comes to your diet.

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lmh101979's picture
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Not cautious really. I try to eat a well balanced diet, but I do eat more than I should, or need, I guess. As far as being worried about pesticides in food and hormones in milk, I take a middle of the road approach. No I do not buy organic anything, but that's because I don't really believe that it's "safer". I have an intense mistrust of "the man." So writing organic on something just means more money to mean and not a safer food. My main concern when eating food myself or feeding my family is making sure we all eat enough fruit, veg, and whole grain, and let the chips fall where they may.
I saw that article about the OJ, and of course I had just bought OJ for the first time in months recently. Figures!
Bottom line, I worry about the things I can definitely control, exercise, water consumption, etc. and let the stuff I can't control go. Lord knows I never run out of things to worry about that I can do something about I don't need to add things I can't do anything about to the list.

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it's so hard to know what all is going into our bodies when our food passes through so many hands before getting to us. it's something i think about and have done some reading about, but don't really have any good solutions. i love being able to get organically-grown produce directly from local farmers during the summer/early fall, but the rest of the year i just shop at the grocery store like everyone else, which means buying produce from South America and all kinds of other places. I do still try to buy American when I can, like California clementines and mandarin oranges this time of year, or Florida orange juice. That doesn't mean they aren't coated with pesticides, but at least it seems "fresher" to me and possibly more regulated. I can't afford to buy everything organic, and I agree with Lindsay, it's hard to know if it's really safer or healthier, or just a gimmick. I do buy certain things organic that are known to have high concentrations of chemicals in the non-organic version. Here's a good article about that. I've been obsessed with Honeycrisp apples lately, so I pay a little more for the organic ones since I'm eating so many of them. I buy organic dairy, and I wish I could always buy organic meat, but it's just SO expensive. instead, we eat a couple meatless meals a week to minimize our exposure, and also buy the leanest meat we can find, since weird chemicals hide out mostly in the fatty tissue of the meat.

As for the OJ thing, it seems like the amount of the banned chemical they found in the juice is probably so low it couldn't possibly cause any health problems for you or your little one, even if you were drinking a lot. It's just that because it's a banned chemical, they have to stop the shipments and double-check everything. I was more freaked out by the salmonella contamination on melon last year...I didn't even know that could happen and those melons were grown in the US!

Bottom line, you're still doing a really good thing for your baby by eating fruits and veggies, instead of Chickfila nuggets and fries and Diet Coke, like I did today. Smile

amyrenee's picture
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Thanks, ladies! I feel better now after reading both of your responses. I shouldn't worry so much about that which I have little control over, especially when it's hard to know for sure what's "safe" and what's not.

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"amyrenee" wrote:

As I was reading the news this morning, I came across a couple articles about a fungicide being found in major orange juice brands and now all OJ being imported into the US is being tested. This sent me into somewhat of a panic as orange juice has been one of my main cravings this pregnancy and I drink at least a couple glasses every day.

Buy Orange Juice from the US, instead of imported. Or buy oranges at your farmer's market and make you own. I never buy any produce that comes from Mexico, Chile, China, etc...I always buy local. Be careful, some organics (IE safeway, whole foods) come from Mexico (or other countries) and their "organic" aren't really organic...My advice: bottom line is buy local. Don't buy from Whole Foods or Safeway.

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Joined: 04/19/11
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"abbyblack" wrote:

Buy Orange Juice from the US, instead of imported. Or buy oranges at your farmer's market and make you own. I never buy any produce that comes from Mexico, Chile, China, etc...I always buy local. Be careful, some organics (IE safeway, whole foods) come from Mexico (or other countries) and their "organic" aren't really organic...My advice: bottom line is buy local. Don't buy from Whole Foods or Safeway.

Very true! Just because it says organic doesn't mean it is.

We buy our fruits and veggies from farmers markets (or grow our own). We buy free range meats (we raise our own chickens and have a freezer full of them right now - all free range) Collect our eggs from our back yard, we even raise our own talapia fish, and make EVERYTHING from scratch (soups, bread, butter, pops, beer, wines - you name it). We don' t buy processed foods when avoidable (that said - I did buy a little jar of cheeze whiz because I was craving chiz whiz tomoato sandwhichs). We have a room full of canning I did this summer.

But, we both work part time out of the home and part time in the home, Which gives us the availability to focus our energies here, and this was something we wanted to do before we had kids so we were in that habit of it when the kids came. Completely a personal preference. It's not just for the pregnancy, we were doing this before we got pregnant and have kept it up

We both have health issues that get worse from certain foods. Preservatives, aspertame, MSG all give me seizures and all make my DH sick. When we figured this out and changed our diets tremendously, we both got better (no seizures in over 3 years for me Smile

With all of the recalls on food, it's scary to know what you are getting on the shelf. Everything is about profit now. and people have become so disconnected from where there food comes from. We try to tell people buy your food within 50 miles of where you live. Know where your food comes from. We get asked lots how can you eat something you raised and we ask, when asked that we return the question - how can you eat something you don't know where it's from?

Everything you eat & do is what is best for you and your family. This life choice of ours is not an option for many (and some people think we are strange) , but it has made us very happy. We still eat out once in awhile, and we do indulge once in awhile. Everything in moderation.