We are locked in a battle of wills in our home…. It’s me, the sweetie Grinch against Walter & Ava, the sweetie monsters and I’m losing the battle!
How much is too much when it comes to sweets and “treat” foods? How often do your kids eat sweets?
I get they’re brightly coloured, taste delicious and filled with empty calories and ingredients designed to be highly addictive so of course everyone and most especially a 4 year old child would want to eat them ALL THE TIME. But really. Enough is enough. Literally!
The more I read and research on LCHF/banting & eating a natural diet, the more I have this sneaking suspicion that in years to come, sugar will be viewed as the tobacco of the 21st century. Just Google “World Health Org’s guidelines for sugar intake” to see the storm that is brewing. Start reading your food labels to, you’ll be shocked about the amount of added sugar that goes into almost every single every day product!
I know from my own experience, sugar is highly addictive. It makes you crave more of it, it makes you hungry, it makes you eat more and want more. Ava is not a great eater. She never has been but her sweet consumption is, I think, out of control and it is a huge concern for me.
I worry about the long term impact this will have on her health.
I worry now about her eating a diet too high in sugar and lacking in proper nutrition. Literally everything consumed in a conventional diet has sugar added.
I worry we’re not teaching her good and healthy eating habits.
I don’t want to be a sweetie Grinch but really, I feel VERY STRONGLY that these foods need to be eaten in very restricted moderation. My idea of this moderation is at birthday parties, or perhaps a play date. I don’t believe they should be freely available on a daily basis. Ava wants to eat sweets/chocolates/biscuits from the moment her eyes open! She frequently asks for Coke (it’s Coke Zero but still its full of CRAP).
She will whine, cry, throw a hissy until she gets her own way, or she’ll just help herself by climbing into the pantry cupboard. Walter and I are at logger heads on this issue. If he pops into the shops, he will, 95% of the time, bring her back a box of Smarties or jelly-beans, it makes me see red! I have two huge concerns here.
The first is obviously the unhealthy aspect, the second is I have a huge concern that we’re teaching her to develop an unhealthy association with certain foods. Sweets as a reward? NO! Sweets as a treat? NO! Maybe I’m being idealistic here, but surely these types of food shouldn’t be seen as a reward or a treat? This is exactly how I associated with sweets/chocolate/junk and look where that got me? 118kg’s at my heaviest, insulin resistant, high blood pressure and addicted to carbs and sugar. I really really really don’t want to do that to my children.
I believe sweets should not be bought with the weekly shopping. NO! They shouldn’t just be readily available for my child with a monkey tendency to climb the shelves of the pantry and help herself.
I also don’t want to be a total Grinch, but I’m losing the battle guys. The sweetie monsters are beating me. She’s also become manipulative to get her sweetie fix. She will ask me if she can have. I will, 9 times out of 10, say no. She’ll then either sneak into the pantry and help herself or she’ll go to Walter, tell him I said it’s fine, she can have sweets and convince him to get them for her.
I’ve argued with Walter on numerous occasions about buying her sweets, I’ve asked him to stop it, but I get that he doesn’t see this issue as a big a deal as I do.
I mean, am I over thinking this? Am I being unnecessarily neurotic? Am I making a mountain out of a molehill? How often do you allow your kids sweets or sweet treats?