The Jasper Chronicles

The Journal of a Cynical Dad

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Too Much of Good Thing

P and I try our best to eat healthy. Even before The Boy we didn't eat many processed foods. There was the occasional chocolate bar or bag of chips, but fast-food or frozen entrees - only as the absolute last resort. When The Boy came around we took it up a notch.

Goodbye Pizza Hut. Hello Quinoa.

If we only manage to pass on one family tradition, I hope it's eating healthy; although I'm still hoping The Boy will share my love for reading on the toilet. Even if it's instructions on the side of a box, I have to read something. I now probably know more about inserting a tampon that I really need to know, but knowledge learned is knowledge gained I figure.

Anyways back to wholesome foods. At snack time we try and stay true to the heathy eating mantra. Fortunately for us The Boy loves fruit, and chows on pretty much any fruit we set in front of him. mangoes, bananas, apples, pears, pineapple, kiwi, papaya - he eats them all with gusto. So when the Christmas Mandarin Oranges started appearing in stores we bought a couple cases.

The Boy just loved them. P and I were thrilled, an extra boost of Vitamin C right in the middle of cold and flu season, and another healthy snack to add to his menu. Thing is, eat too many Mandarin Oranges and they go right through you. Now our poor little boy has got the runs, and it's not just the oranges exiting his body but everything else too; raisins are particularly pleasant.

So the lesson here is (aside from the obvious lesson that too many Mandarin Oranges will blow right out your ass), too much of any food, wholesome or processed, is not good. A lesson you'd think would have learned years ago after a particularly unpleasant night involving Tequila, but sometimes we all need a refresher course.