- Keep a food diary for a week for your kids, this will help you gauge how much sugar they are eating. I don’t just mean sweets, I mean everything you make and everything they eat. Check out some Sugar Shockers here, you’d be surprised where sugar hides.
- Check all the labels on the food that you buy and stop buying food with added sugar. This might seem hard at first, as they continue to ask for sweet foods, but their taste-buds quickly adjust and the cravings lessen. If it’s not in the house they have no access to it.
- Don’t shock them by going all or nothing. Gradually replace items with healthier alternatives.
- Let them have sweets at parties. Speak to them about choosing healthy food and limiting treats, they might surprise you!
- Model good behaviour, eat healthy food yourself and don’t sneak food from the fridge when you think they aren’t looking (yes we’ve all been known to do that!)
- Make sugar free or sugar reduced treats but still treat them as sometimes food. These become their go-to treats and you know how much sugar they are consuming. Check out my Healthy Recipes section for some recipes.
- Most importantly get them on board. Explain why you are cutting out sugar and how it will benefit their health. Show them some clips from That Sugar Film and the Sugar Crash documentary so they understand how sugar can affect their health.
You will be surprised how their taste-buds change. You will notice them craving fruit more and enjoying it’s sweet taste, they will begin to notice how good fresh food tastes.