Ideals and realities often collide when it comes to eating healthy
Over the summer, our busiest season at SoYoung, there was a lot of rushing around in our house and a lot of lunches and snacks that were thrown together as quickly as possible. As much as I claimed that healthy eating was a priority for me, the quality of what my kids (and I) were eating did not reflect this. I felt that my kids were eating way too much sugar, and filling themselves up on bread-y type foods. So how do I get my kids to stop eating sugar? Simple. (But not easy.)
I had to stop eating sugar myself. So I did.
Almost 6 weeks ago, I adopted a new way of eating – one that involved no sugar or wheat or grains of any kind. (For those of you interested – it is Paleo eating). For my kids, I decided that we would take it in stages. So first stage was – no more refined sugars. They way I got them to agree to it was that we would do it for a month (birthday parties and other exceptions were allowed), and if they managed to follow this rule for the month, they could get any toy they wanted after 4 weeks. (We're not against a little bribery in our household).
No sugar doesn’t mean no treats
The day that my son reported that he refused a lollipop from his barber (I wasn’t even there!) was a proud moment. Now, let me be clear - no sugar doesn’t mean no treats. It’s all about redefining what a treat is. One of the new recipes in my arsenal is this one here – Paleo chocolate cake from Lea at PaleoSpirit. Sweetened with 10 dates and a cup of unsweetened applesauce. Nothing else. And they LOVE it, no joke. Give it a try.
Chocolate Paleo Snack Cake Recipe Recipe courtesy of http://paleospirit.com