love hate sugar! I was gestational diabetic twice. I learned a lot about sugar during those times. Then I went on the South Beach Diet in order to lose just shy of 50 pounds. I learned even more about the glycemic index while doing that diet. We still do a form of that diet even today. I am very conscious of my sugar intake. Very.
My kids eat a pretty normal toddler diet: hot dogs, bologna, mac-n-cheese, french toast sticks, chicken nuggets, fries. And they also eat a pretty healthy diet: whole wheat bread and whole wheat pasta, organic as much as possible (even the mac-n-cheese is organic), Kashi bars, YoBaby yogurt (organic), veggie burgers, soy chicken patties, they love black olives, only cereal they have ever eaten is Cheerios and I usu throw in some dried cherries and freeze dried apples to perk it up (I do NOT add sugar), pasteurized eggs, spring water, and they take an excellent multi-vitamin every day. For snacks they have pretzel rods, Sun Chips, natural cheese puffs, animal crackers, and gold fish. But truly their favorite “snack” is yogurt. I am training them and I am pretty happy with what they are eating. I wish they wanted more veggies, but I try to get them to at least take a bite or two. They like veggie burgers so that is good.
When I take them grocery shopping they might see a brightly colored box with a favorite character on it and immediately, without even knowing what’s inside, they want it. “Mommy, look it’s DORA. I want the DORA one.” My most used phrase while at the grocery store is, “no way, man, we do not eat junk”. Then I usu add something like, “sugar rots your teeth right out of your face”. Or maybe, “sugar might cause you to get bad grades from the doctor — especially if he’s the dentist type”. I am silly and I make funny faces and I act like my stomach is upset and I pretend to barf. It makes them laugh. But I am still teaching them that sugar is the enemy unless you are very careful and you indulge once in awhile.
So Brianna, my 3 1/2 yr old, was browsing my pantry the other day. I just filled it. That grocery trip was excellent b/c the kids weren’t with me and I wasn’t hungry. I stayed right on my list and didn’t by anything extra
except Kettle Korn, but that’s for me. I filled our freezer, fridge, and pantry to overflowing. All the good stuff. No excuses to cheat until Rich came home with 2 tubs of cheesecake ice cream. So she’s in there looking, looking, looking, looking. She spots the candy waaaay at the top hidden in a WalMart bag. It was supposed to be for Easter. We were supposed to have guests so I bought some plastic eggs to hide and candy that I planned to put inside of them. Well the Easter plans bit the dust b/c my kids were still illin’. Anyway — child with candy radar — she spots them with her laser beams somehow.
I said, “Brianna what do you want?” She’s a big eater just like her
mama daddy. Her being hungry or wanting to snack is life. She’s a wee little thing too so you wouldn’t know it by looking at her. Anyway, she said…
“I want junk. Gimme some junk, mom!”
I cracked up.
So I gave her some junk. She deserved it!