Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Thoughts on Food: Cutting by on Sugar

I have shared my food journal and several reasons why limiting your child’s sugar intake is important. If you want to limit sugar intake there are a few helpful things to smooth over the process.

1 Lead by example. Your kids will not want to be eating healthier if you are still eating lots of sugar.

2 Educate them. Explain to your kids the health effects that sugar has on their body {now and long term}. Teach them the benefits of healthy foods.

3. Cut back slowly. Don’t get overly excited and purge your entire kitchen of sugary foods in one week. Begin by making changes such as switching their cereal to Cheerios with bananas and Splenda in it. Instead of letting them have five cookies for dessert limit it to two. Take their Juice drinks and fill the cup half full with juice and half with water.

4. Allow your kids to help you. If your kids are anti-fruits and veggies then let them go to the market with you. Let them see all of the fresh foods and even let them bag it up. At home, let the kids help wash cut up the healthy snacks. They will enjoy the fruits of your labor.

5. Be creative with healthy food. Smear peanut butter on celery and add some raisins and you will get ‘ants on a log.’ Get a variety of colorful fruit and arrange it in a rainbow before presenting it to kids.

6. Use alternatives. Do your kids love ice-cream? So do mine! Run by the ice-cream section and get something with low sugar or sugar free {Kroger has tons of options}. At Kroger they are now selling Pillsbury sugar free cake-mixes, frosting and brownie mixes!

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  1. Last year around November, I cut out sugar totally from my diet for about a month. I was amazed at how much better I felt. Was it tough? Yes - but cutting out all the junk made me feel like I had the energy of a 20 something - or younger! No, I didn't stick with it but do intend to do it again. I haven't felt that good in years! It really does make a difference in how you feel both physically and emotionally. You have to give it a little bit of time - but by cutting out sugar, white flour and preservatives - my skin, my hair, my eyes - showed a physical difference in about 3 weeks. It really does work!

  2. I also learned recently about Coconut sugar. Didn't know they had such a thing but I learned it is very low on the glycemic scale and tastes wonderful. The key is in finding the real stuff, because like a lot of those natural sugars out there, many end up being processed and refined, even when they say it isn't. Agave nectar is one of them. Most companies don't produce the real thing!

  3. For Valentine's Day this year we got a juicer, which is great because my kids love to drink that sugary stuff. Now, they get to help make fresh juice. We use carrots, spinach, celery, even cucumber in the juicer. This all tastes good to them as long as we throw in the sweet stuff, too - like pineapple, pears, apples and kiwis.

  4. I took my neice w/ me to do shopping today. She had not been included in such activities like that before. I was so happy to get her to look at FRESH food vs Prepackaged food.

  5. My daughter loves stuff I don't even like - broccoli, pistachios, artichokes, pickles - it amazes me! She loves the ants on a log....my son we're working on! He eats anything and everything, but he's a high energy kid and stays fit! He's also entering puberty and eats everything in sight. I have bought low or no sugar ice cream and popsicles and such for years. Great ideas! Thanks!

  6. Two things..

    In the summer we use no sugar added fruit juice to make our own popsicles. Gavin loves them and they are so much healthier.

    I have started being more mindful of using coupons during my weekly grocery shopping. However, I have found that I use alot of the health and beauty or household product coupons, but most of the ones available for food are only for pre-packaged foods. I have found coupons for yogurt, but its usually for cotton candy or bubble gum flavored! Gavin would much rather have plain old strawberry or peach! You have to be discerning when it comes to couponing. It may save some money, but I'm not sure it is always worth it.


  7. Great tips! I've been trying to cut down on sugar in recipes by 1/3 sometimes and it still comes out great! :)