Serving Up 9.5 lbs of Sugar to Our Kids

This chart was posted on Jamie Oliver’s  Space Coast Food Revolution Day’s FB page. I cringed as I saw this. In just 180 days,  a typical child will consume 9.5 lbs of sugar if they drink just two sugary beverages a day. This does not include the cookies in their lunchboxes or on their lunch trays, and it doesn’t include the candy bars from the vending machines as an afternoon “snack”. The saddest truth is that this is a result, for the most part, of parents who are either ignorant or apathetic when it comes to their children’s diets. While we can’t be there for every food choice they make, we can make sure our homes are stocked full of nutritious foods and that we set the example by making  wise and healthy choices. Here are some more facts:

If you have not yet seen the 60 Minutes segment titled “Is Sugar Toxic?”, take the 20 minutes or so to see the research that is being done to see to the effects of a high-sugar diet. It is educational and eye-opening as to how our bodies negatively respond to this processed substance.

Monkey See, Monkey Do

Tonight, we will be celebrating Anna’s 4th birthday (which is actually tomorrow). When I asked her what she wanted for her birthday dinner, she said, “Chicken, noodles, grapes, strawberries, blueberries, and salad.” I loved hearing how she chose such nutritious foods- she makes me proud! In Dr. Walt Larimore’s book, Super-sized Kids, he cites how research shows that parents’ eating habits and physical activity prove to be a strong example to their children. Your children will follow your lead in all things, including a healthy (or unhealthy) lifestyle. So tonight, I will be partaking in an assortment of my little girl’s favorite foods! And yes, we are having cake. I’m using Dr. Oetker’s Organic Vanilla Cake Mix, layered with my strawberry filling, and frosted with Publix’s buttercream   (I added a block of 1/3 less fat cream cheese, a little powdered sugar, and then a dash of milk to make it tastier).