My husband and I have made a pact in an attempt to make our family healthier: He will only eat one fast food hamburger a week, and I will only eat candy once my daughter is in bed so I won’t give her the inordinate amounts of sugar she has gotten used to.
Yes, it’s lame that two adults have to make deals with each other to curb out bad eating habits, but well, we’re lame. Normally, my husband doesn’t really care what I eat, but lately I’ve been passing on my sweet tooth to my 3-year-old daughter, who now expects candy and desserts on a pretty regular basis.
I’ve always had a yen for the sweets, but it seems like once you have a child, the goodies are in far more abundant supply (as are the cravings for just one little piece of chocolate at about 3 p.m. each afternoon. Just one! Please!) While potty training, for example, we tried to bribe our daughter with M&Ms. After eating two bags by myself, we switched to another tactic. (To be fair, I had used the potty several times).
And this Easter I think it’s accurate to assume I’ve eaten by bodyweight in Cadbury Mini-eggs. I admit that I had to re-stock on Easter candy three times because it kept disappearing. There have also been several late-night raids on my daughter’s Easter basket.
I am ashamed.
So I’m really trying to curb my own sugar consumption, as well as my daughter’s. I know it’s bad for her and I know the habits she’s learning now will follow her throughout life. Two articles this week also scared me with one describing an article describing a “fatso gene” that predisposes teens to obesity, and another story detailing a report on how many of the midlife diseases such as diabetes and heart disease are actually started in kids as young as 3.
But I could use some practical advice. I’m trying to buy less sweets, but every play group or activity or church meeting we go to seems to have cupcakes, candy and sugar o’plenty to entice my daughter.
Have you found any effective ways to wean your kids off so much sugar? What are the dietary rules in your house, and how do you get your kids (and yourself) to stick to them?