We went to Big Girl’s 10-year-old well visit. To quote my doctor, “There’s nothing going on at all,” on the puberty front. She really didn’t have to tell me that. (Although, yes, I asked.) The kid is skinny and tall and as flat as a board. There’s no hair anywhere except her head. Thank goodness. Her friends and classmates are not as lucky.
Most of the other fifth graders are wearing bras and sprouting hair. The interesting thing is that, from a height perspective, my little girl is just as tall if not taller than the other kids. Her doctor has her pegged in the 75th percentile for height and 50th for weight. What’s so different then?
I truly, truly believe she’s still a kid physically (as a 10-year-old should be) because she has only eaten organic dairy and meat. All her life. So she’s never ingested hormones or pesticides or anything else that is linked to early puberty — at least inside our home. She’s also eaten off of glass and stoneware. No plastics anywhere in our house so no BPA, either. And all of her personal care products are carefully selected to avoid endocrine disruptors and other chemicals.
It hasn’t been as difficult as you might think. Really. Organic milk is ubiquitous and cheap at this point. Organic butter, too. Yes, organic cream cheese and other cheeses are a little more expensive, but it’s not like we’re downing either on a daily basis. Organic ice cream, yes, that’s crazy-expensive, so we choose organic ice pops instead, but I’ll splurge every once in a while and get them a carton for $5.99 or $6.99. And occasionally they will eat ice cream out, but it’s very occasionally.
Meat is also a little more expensive, but if you stick with chicken, which is healthier anyway, it’s really not much of a stretch financially. Beef is, but beef isn’t a staple in our house. We use it for taco night or make hamburgers. Maybe twice a month I will cook them a steak since they love it so much.
Anyway, with so much compelling evidence that points to growth hormones and pesticides and BPA contributing to early puberty, I still feel like it’s worth it. I’m not saying it’s for everyone. Obviously, if you are struggling to put food on the table you’re probably not buying organic anything. Still, if you’re considering making the switch (and I truly believe it’s never too late), start small. Start with milk. Buy organic produce when it’s in season. Little by little you’ll find yourself completely in the organic zone. And looking at my daughter that’s not exactly a bad place to be.