Monday, July 16, 2012
more on the sugar thing...
We spent the first week of the school holidays sick with a virus which meant chicken broth and quiet times. The second week was action packed and...sugar fuelled. As a result, River is suffering today and missing the first day back at school.
I don't intend the 'sugar thing' to become a focus of this blog (or my life for that matter) it is on my mind again though hence this post. My usual approach to how much sugar my children eat is that we don't have any at home - no honey, no sugar, no processed foods containing sugar, that means no breakfast cereals, muesli bars, tomato sauce, no fruit juice and so on - we bake something most weekends and I have been using Natvia (a stevia product) as the sweetener, and then going to a birthday party and visiting grandparents are the times when River and Sol can eat sugar foods.
It just so happens that these holidays visiting Pepe (Pete's mum), my nan, and going to a birthday party happened all in a row which equalled sugar overload. Sometimes I wonder if having no sugar in the house, not even honey on porridge or sultanas is too extreme. But then before we quit having sugar at home the boys would always choose honey on toast or honey on a cracker so perhaps it is better not to have it all the time and only buy it occasionally. I am all for teaching River and Sol self-restraint when it comes to sweet food. I think it is an important lesson because in so many social situations we are presented with processed and sugar laden foods it is about learning to make good choices.
Driving home from the party River was in the back seat with a tummy ache and said, "I feel silly for eating so much sweet food. I should have listened to my tummy but I listened to myself." I told him not to worry, to remember for next time he is at a party or somewhere with a lot of sweet food that he can eat a couple of things and then enjoy other things about the party but not eat so much that he would feel sick. I explained that even grown ups have to practice doing that and that we have all over-eaten at a party. "Even Dad?" he asked. "Even Dad" I said.
I've written before about the sugar thing here and here. If you want to read more the following links are interesting with ideas on how much and how to cut back.
Should you raise a sugar-free baby?
How much sugar is okay?
Seven steps to reducing sugar in your child's diet
For more inspiration visit Sarah Wilson's blog and in particular her I Quit Sugar Cookbook
I'd love to hear where you are at with reducing sugar in your life or keeping it to a minimum. What do you teach your children about sugar? Do they seek 'treats' and sweet food daily? Are you and your partner on the same page about giving your children sugar and treats?