I know, I have some nerve posting a follow up to a sensitive topic the week of Thanksgiving – Call me gutsy…or stupid…I’ve done a fairly good job at both. But enough about me! Let’s get back to talking about evils of sugar the week of Thanksgiving (mind still reeling? Yeah, me too!)! Anywho, I was asked, by a reader to talk about how we make this low sugar thing work with our kids. My quick answer: they don’t have another option. Ok, that’s trite and I won’t pretend like it doesn’t take work. Let’s face it, it is shoved, yes, shoved in their faces EVERYWHERE: Schools, church, Grandma’s house, their best friend’s house, every event you will ever go to, grocery stores, TV, and don’t even get me started on checkout lines!!! Even my beloved Whole Foods has some sort of chocolate treat at the checkout counter, although it is usually one kind and out of reach of the kids…which I appreciate. So how do kids survive on a low sugar diet?
C’mon, we both knew this day would come. You’ve been dreading it and I’ve been, well, not dreading it, but we knew it would come. Why you ask? Because it must be said…I cannot let you live your life and not know the real truth. But I will warn you, it’s ugly. So here it goes…Sugar is bad for you. Um, Amy, we know that. No, I mean like really, really, horrifically bad! Deep breaths, you’re going to make it through this…I’ve been there, trust me!
See here’s the thing: we say sugar is bad for you and then we go on eating it in blissful ignorance, never really defining bad. And because we don’t define HOW bad it is, we keep eating it…like a lot of it. But Amy, I eat sugar “in moderation!” Yes, I’m sure you do, but here’s the thing: The average American eats around 150 pounds of sugar a year…A YEAR!!! That’s somewhere in the vicinity of 3/4 of a cup a day. Um, Houston we have a problem! So maybe you’re not the average American, but I’m kind-of convinced at this point that none of us know what moderation actually means. (Hint: it isn’t everyday…I’ll give you a moment to recover.)