What To Give the Kids When Sugar Is Off the Diet

I am pretty sure I have 'bitten' off more than I can chew with this post, however I am not one to shy away from the difficult cases in clinic so let's get onto it!

We are finding more so now than ever that the ingestion of sugar in many forms can be potentially harmful in the body and in some cases detrimental to a young child's body. Research shows that refined sugars in snack foods, soft drinks, juices and bakery items are the main contributors to childhood obesity, cardiovascular disease in children and adults, digestive challenges, poor absorption of nutrients,Type II Diabetes and metabolic syndrome and just plain irritability.  But if we are 'removing' sugar, what do you feed your children?

The very fact that this poses a challenge is part of the problem.

Our children are being raised on a palate of sweet not savoury far too eagerly (even some commercially made cooked potato chips are sugar coated).  The taste buds for sweet tastes are at the tip of the tongue, so they are easily pleased.  In a healthy diet, the other tastes (salty, sour and bitter) are meant to be tantalised as well so to create a balanced palate (therefore body).

I have recently restricted the breast feeding mother of a young infant on her sugar intake (including fruit for a short period of time) and powered up her digestive system for better absorption and in just one week, her child was feeding comfortably and wasn't showing signs of silent reflux as he was prior to the changes.  It can make a dramatic difference!

I would suggest that when you restrict your child's diet, you do this in consultation with a professional following their advice and that you transition this as fast or as slowly as you know they will be able to handle it within their normal environment. Sometimes an all or nothing approach works, sometimes easing them in is more successful.  No matter what you do, there will always be some form of rebellion (it happens in adults too!).  Sugar is very addictive, so be prepared for a kick back, cold or flu like symptoms and irritability (which can be supported with specific homoeopathic remedies or herbs). Here are my top 10 Transitional Foods which can then become a part of the usual diet:

  • Boiled eggs
  • Veggie sticks or skewers and a savoury home made dip like hummus or guacamole
  • Nut butter or seed butter (tahini, sunflower seed paste) made into snack balls - see my recipes page for Super Protein Ball recipe
  • Organic Non Genetically Modified, no sugar added Corn flakes/coconut butter/raw cacao powder patty cakes
  • Soup - ready made chicken/vegetable
  • Brown rice risotto balls
  • Chicken thighs rolled in egg, tamari sauce and corn flakes or sesame seeds and baked
  • Tuna and crackers or piped through celery
  • Frittata with a medley of vegetables
  • Cream cheese blended and vegetable sticks/crackers
  • Flat bread cut into shapes, sprayed with olive oil and sprinkle herbs or himalayan rock salt and bake till crunchy - store and they are a great 'chip'.

This is an inexhaustible list of options but should make the way through a little easier!

Remember, when the other tastes on the tongue are given a chance to play, the craving for sugar soon disappears!  Try it yourself!

 

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