Last updated on February 3rd, 2023 at 07:41 pm
Do you feel your child is becoming addicted to sugar?
If so, you are not alone. I will share with you my reliable tips and tricks to lower your child’s sugar intake.
I’m sure your child craves sugar, just like so many of our kids.
Here’s one thing you should know before you continue down the sugary path.
Did you know that?
💣Sugar can affect brain functioning
💣Sugar can cause dysbiosis
💣Sugar can damage the liver and lead to insulin resistance
Sugar is 8X more addictive than cocaine.
This alone is why so many kids have a hard time giving up sugar.
It is also why you get the chance to see your child throw that tantrum when you refuse to give sugary foods to them.
Many kids will crave sweets such as pastries, cookies, and candies to get their sugar fill.
However, this is something you want to get under control as soon as you can.
Decreasing your child’s sugar intake is so crucial from the start because sugar hurts your child’s ability to function optimally.
I know this might be a difficult task to undertake, but I want to share a few reliable tips and tricks to lower your child’s sugar intake.
#1 Where is sugar coming from?
The first thing you need to do is understand where all of the excess sugar is coming into your child’s diet.
To do this, you must start by evaluating your child’s current diet and reading your labels more.
Some labels make it very clear by using the word sugar, while others make it complicated by hiding sugar by using other names.
Here are a few of the commonly used names that are equivalent to sugar.
-High Fructose Corn Syrup
-Brown Rice syrup
-Brown Rice Syrup
This is just a consolidated list of the common names that are used in the place of sugar. There are so many more.
Reading labels and identifying what foods your child is consuming with excess sugar is a great start to lower their intake.
#2 Transition slowly
Another reliable tip and trick to lower your child’s sugar intake is transitioning slowly.
One way to help transition to a lower sugar diet is not to go cold turkey on your child.
Start by limiting sugar before you attempt just to stop giving them anything with sugar.
If you go cold turkey, your child will not be happy, and guess what👉🏿 you will not be satisfied.
I suggest you start by limiting the number of times you allow your child to eat that extra cookie.
Over time you will be able to slowly wean your child off of the cookies towards healthier alternatives.
#3 Find healthier options
The next reliable tip and trick to lower your child’s sugar intake are to find healthier options.
Start adding in healthier options while you are lowering your child’s sugar intake at the same time.
This will allow you to have some alternatives that your child can opt for instead of asking for those sugary treats all the time.
Often, we as parents are not even aware that we don’t buy healthier options, which is why our kids only want the sugary foods we have on hand.
#4 Stop buying it
My final reliable tips and tricks to lower your child’s sugar intake are to stop purchasing foods loaded with sugar.
If you don’t continue to purchase all of the sugary products your child craves with lots of sugar, they won’t have the option to consume it.
Start purchasing healthier options such as fruit as alternatives to that candy. Another option is to start making your child’s cookies at home to control the amount of sugar in the food.
Lowering your child’s sugar intake can lead to significant results.
This is a significant initial step towards helping your child gain a better quality of life.
If you are looking for ideas on healthier options for your child, download my free pdf, Nutrient Rich Snacks for your Child.
If you are sitting there because you are confused don’t know what to do, get on my waitlist for The Nutritional Approach Program. This program will open back up soon.
You may also check out my other blog post entitled “Is sugar bad for your child?”