March 22, 2013

That Annoying Mom

We've all seen one or know of one. It's that mom you see in the store that oozes superiority. The one you know you probably couldn't handle having a conversation with because her way is the right way.  She will make you feel as though your decisions, regarding family, food, and schooling are all wrong.

I saw Annoying Mom in the grocery store earlier this week. She was in the store with her daughter, probably about 2 years old. She was letting her walk freely in the store.  The little girl seemed to be pretty good about sticking with mom so no complaints there. As the mom shopped, she was very vocal with her child, explaining absolutely everything. Fine. It's good to talk to you child. A few minutes later we were both standing in front of some dairy products and in front of that, was a display for Entenmann's bakery products which were on sale.

She says "Oh, I promised you we'd get a treat this week. Let's see ... what am I in the mood for."  

(yes, she was verbalizing all of this)

"Oh, the chocolate chip cake is my favorite ... let me see..."

(she starts reading the ingredients)

"Oh we can't have this. It has high fructose corn syrup in it."

(as if her 2 year old has any clue what that is!)

I'm fully aware that there are products and ingredients out there that are not good for you. But honestly, I find all the conflicting information to be very overwhelming. One week eggs are good for you and the next they are toxic and you will die if you eat them.  My theory is everything in moderation.  If you choose to eat nothing but raw, organic food - go you.  That lifestyle just doesn't work for our family.  We try to make the best choices we can but sometimes you just need a little McDonald's. And that's okay!

My issue with this mom is the way she was verbalizing it so loudly. Why? Why do you need to verbalize your choices like that in a store? It makes no sense to me.

About 20 minutes later, I passed Annoying Mom again as she was on her way to checkout. And I knew this because she was loudly announcing that it was time to checkout. Guess what was in her cart? Thomas's English Muffins. Care to guess what one of the ingredient is?

YEP. High fructose corn syrup.

INGREDIENTS: Unbleached Enriched Wheat Flour (Flours, Malted Barley Flour, Reduced Iron, Niacin, Thiamin Mononitrate  (Vitamin B1), Riboflavin  (Vitamin B2), Folic Acid), Water, Farina, Yeast, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Nonfat Milk, Soybean Oil, Preservatives (Calcium Propionate, Sorbic Acid), Soy Flour, grain, Vinegar, Monoglycerides, Whey, Soy Lecithin
Oh the irony!

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