Adventures of a modern mom: Food no-nos make shopping a challenge

And KFMA Day concert at Kino Stadium - with scent of marijuana - was a reminder of Tucson's wilder side
2013-05-16T00:00:00Z Adventures of a modern mom: Food no-nos make shopping a challengeOpinion by Kelley Helfand Special To The Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Sometimes I go to the grocery store and feel like there is nothing suitable to buy. There are so many books and schools of thought regarding what we should and shouldn't eat.

Don't eat food with artificial coloring such as Red 40 and Yellow 5. Buy organic. Buy only eggs from cage-free chickens. Don't buy fish that is high in mercury. Avoid gluten. Avoid red meat. For that matter, avoid animal protein. High-fructose corn syrup is a no-no. Don't buy processed foods. Soy is good for you. Scratch that, soy is bad for you. Don't eat food that has trans fat or is high in saturated fat. Raw food is best. Limit your sugar intake. Limit the amount of sodium you consume. Eat a low-carb diet. Don't eat food that contains MSG. Avoid canned goods because the cans may have BPA in the lining.

The other day I packed a new food - strawberry fruit bites - in my boys' lunches. My younger son said he didn't like them. My older son said, "I'll eat it, but I won't be excited about it."

It's such a challenge these days to feed your family well, to prepare meals in a limited amount of time given our busy schedules, and to get them "excited" about the food. Sigh.

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It's that time of year again. When "Oh, the Places You'll Go!" books by Dr. Seuss fly off the shelves, and we start seeing car windows decorated with "2013 Seniors Rule!"

There is one Catalina Foothills senior in particular whom we will be sad to see going off to college. Cameron Rivera has been our wonderful baby sitter for the last couple of years. The boys adore him.

Having a baby sitter who responds to text messages right away, truly wants to hang out with your kids, and shows up on time is priceless.

Congratulations, Cameron, on your graduation. Best of luck at college!

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Sometimes, Tucson - or more accurately, the Foothills - feels like a small town. So on May 4, when we went with some friends to KFMA Day at Kino Stadium to see Cake and The Killers, it was like a breath of fresh air. Fresh air in the figurative sense - the smell of marijuana was a little much at times.

We arrived around 7 p.m., but bands had been playing since around 1. We saw a lot of young women in bikini tops and short shorts. We saw people lying around on the stadium grass who had had too much to drink. Piercings and tattoos were everywhere.

The bands played their hits, the weather was perfect, and we had a great time.

Unlike our trips to the grocery store or La Encantada, we didn't see a single person we knew. It was a nice reminder that in addition to retirees and families, Tucson is full of fun, wild young people.

On StarNet: Read Kelley Helfand's recent columns at azstarnet.com/kelleyhelfand

E-mail Kelley Helfand at foothills@azstarnet.com

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