21 Mar

Candy for breakfast!

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Candy - Coffee

My 10 year old was pretty amped when he brought home this week’s spelling words from the topic of nutrition. His familiarity with carbohydrates, proteins, and vitamins was something developed from a very young age because of his dad’s constant mantra of “NUTRITION.” His little head has been filled with my ideas of eating correctly practically from birth.

As he studied his words, our discussion was interesting:

Heath, the six year old decided to get creative and asked,
“Hey Dad, what would it be like if Hunter’s word were about “candy”?
“Hey Hunter, spell, Skittles, Twizzlers, Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups and Sour Patch Kids!”

First, I’d file a complaint with the school board … (kidding … hmm, maybe not).

Then, I asked, how would you feel about eating candy for breakfast lunch and dinner?

The response was surprising!

“Nah, that wouldn’t be good.”
I was impressed by their response and realized that early “brain washing” or nutritional teaching had paid off. I teach them how to read labels because 32 grams of sugar in their fruit juice drink means nothing to them until I translate it to something familiar.
“Guys, that’s equal to THREE tablespoons of sugar!”
Then I ask the ultimate question …

“Would you eat that, right now? Here, c’mon!”

Needless to say, it’s met with total resistance.

To my dismay, on the other end of the spectrum are the kids and teachers I’ve lectured to in public schools all over Dade County, Florida. Many of them are poor families and several are from poverty stricken countries where good food choices are hideously limited.

It’s shocking to walk through the high school hallways at 8:30 am to lecture on health and see children feasting on a breakfast of Snickers, with a Coke chaser – that’s SIX tablespoons of sugar! No wonder kids have learning challenges!

My point is that educatimg kids (and adults) using emotionally moving examples is much more effective and sticks in their memory easier.
Here are two:

Since sugar is a carbohydrate and too many “carbs” can turn to fat, here is a profound glimpse of what that greasy, non-functional, yellow stuff looks like.
Fat in hand
¼ pound of body fat

A brilliant doctor on nutrition and fitness, as well as a close personal friend and colleague repeats to me:
“Every act of eating is either an act of nourishment or an act of suicide”
“You are killing yourself one spoonful at a time”

Dr. Tatiana Habanova – http://www.pilateswellness.com

The taste buds on your tongue sense the stimulus of taste. When they get bored; they need a higher level of stimulation. What tends to happen is that you eat more and more sugar to fill that craving and when your brain acclimates to the increased levels, suddenly you need more!

The trick is to monitor and start cutting back slowly.
If you can do “cold turkey,” great!
Otherwise, ease up and step out of the cycle of eating sugary foods when you are tired and most vulnerable.
Sometimes, all it takes to satisfy a craving is a small piece of candy, such as a Tic Tac. Try it; it may keep you from knocking off a whole wedge of double chocolate, supreme cake.

Would love to know how you fight the sugar battle.

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