|Izzy enjoying a rare treat.|
But now I'm torn. Eating whole foods 100% of the time would, of course, be the ideal, but I would be lying if I told you we did it. When we travel, particularly while visiting family, we make some concessions. If something is offered, particularly if other kids are partaking, I don't say no (I grit my teeth, but I don't say no). We eat out, including some fast food. Sometimes I cook, sometimes I don't. We eat more "treats" than we normally would.
The thing is, I can't decide if I should feel bad about it or not. I think that sticking fully to any diet regimen, even one as satisfying and healthful as eating whole foods and healthy fats, can be stressful. And while I think that anything worth having or doing is going to be work, I think that any job deserves a break, including the job of finding and preparing whole foods. So when we travel, I take a break. And my kids take a break from what some view as a "deprived" childhood (deprived since they aren't allowed to have things like fruit snacks, pop tarts, otter pops, soda, snack cakes, cheetoes... although my kids would never tell you they're deprived). For the most part I don't offer these things even on vacation. However, others do. And my job changes from food prep to food moderation- to keeping them from ODing on the otter pops and juice pouches offered to them by others.
But are my motivations to be a little lax wrong? Why am I conceding on this one thing that I am normally pretty strict about? Am I doing it so people (not just people, family) won't think I'm crazy and make fun of me (because I shouldn't care)? Am I doing it because I want to be lazy? Am I doing it because I don't want my kids to be "deprived" (which as I stated, they aren't, and it also puts me in the same mindset of those who criticize my drive to feed whole foods instead of junk)?
What do you think? Do you compromise on food when traveling? Are my motivations wrong?