By Doug Varrieur, Author of the FAT TO SKINNY Fast and Easy series, acclaimed as “The Best Weight Loss Book Ever Written”
Most of us are keen to shield our kids from the harmful consequences of excessive sugar intake, but the question is, how? Thankfully, SugarProofing your children isn’t as complex as it seems. Here are ten simple steps to a sugar-smart household.
- Seek out Hidden Sugars: Discovering hidden sugars in our food is step one. To do this, make reading food labels a routine… every label… until it becomes second nature. The hidden sugars will soon reveal themselves.
- Unravel the Secrets of Labels: Learning to decode food labels is crucial. Just because a product claims to be “low fat” or “all natural” doesn’t mean it’s not laden with sugar.
- Educate Your Kids: Involve your children in this journey. Equip them with the knowledge to make their own informed choices. Give them a visual – the thought of consuming 15 teaspoons of sugar straight from the bowl is enough to invoke the Gross Factor.
- Act Instantaneously: Now is the time for action, because your children’s health is at stake. Start SugarProofing today.
- Evict the Sugar-laden Foods: Remove all foods and drinks from your house that metabolize into blood sugar. It’s a fresh start. Donate what you can, toss what you can’t.
- Create Home-Cooked Meals: Learn to enjoy cooking. It gives you control over what your family consumes. Plus, preparing healthy snack trays from leftovers ensures your children always have nutritious options at hand.
- Substitute with Sugar-Free Alternatives: SugarProofing is about making smart replacements, not about deprivation. Learn which products to buy and stock up! From pasta and cookies to cereals and side dishes, sugar-free alternatives are available, you just need to know where to look.
- Form a SugarProof Squad: Take it beyond your family. Involve your child’s friends and their parents in your SugarProof journey. Peer pressure, when harnessed correctly, can inspire healthy eating habits.
- Share Your Wisdom: Offer to help at events by suggesting low-sugar recipes, snacks, and dishes. By doing so, you not only ensure your child eats healthily, but you also spread awareness about the dangers of hidden sugar.
- Relearn and Unlearn: To effect change, you must let go of old beliefs and embrace new knowledge. Our children’s health is witnessing a historic low, with levels of obesity and related diseases at a record high. Don’t let this reality impact your family. Unlearn outdated nutrition advice and start SugarProofing today!
Take control of your family’s health by saying no to sugar. Let’s protect our children and ensure they lead long, healthy lives.
Doug Varrieur, Author, FAT TO SKINNY Fast and Easy series “The Best Weight Loss Book Ever Written” www.FATtoSKINNY.com