The candy industry is big. Globally the numbers are in the billions of dollars. The largest portions of their profits come from the end of the money come from the last few months of the years.
A smart parent stops the problem before it starts. Nature gives us plenty of sweet and tasty fruits to enjoy. By giving to your child Sugar-Free Goodies, they will naturally know when to stop eating. Colorful melon-balls, grapes carrots, apple slices, and berries from the fridge are great on a hot day.
As an adult, we can handle that. But a child doesn’t understand why they want a certain food. They have no idea that if they resist for just a while, the craving will stop. They do not know why a sucker tastes better than a celery stick. So, we have to help them control their cravings. Here are the facts.
- A child has limited space in their stomach. A sweet treat fills them up quickly leaving no room for any foods with nutritional value. However, that sugar will quickly fade away and the child will be hungry. This throws a monkey wrench into meal schedules. The child may be suffering from tummy troubles as his body tries to regain balance.
- Sugar causes your child’s insulin levels to rise too quickly to process sugar in their blood. The rise can cause hyperactivity and discomfort. This is followed by a fast and hard drop in the insulin levels once the sugar has been dealt with. The child can feel shaky and unwell.
- When you eat sugar, your body craves more sugar. A child who is allowed to consume sugar at will can quickly become obese. This will affect every part of their life.
Why would any parent want to allow these medical problems in their young child? Sure, the child is temporarily happy to have their sugar fix, but a smart parent weighs it out and soon decides that omitting sugar is much easier on their child than do damage control.
It starts with a lot of conversation. You must tell the other adults that play a part in your child’s life of your quest. If they are not willing to get on board, you will have to limit their visits to times when it is not mealtimes. Remember, you are not putting your child on a diet. They can have reasonable treats, but they do not have to contain sugar. Keep treats for their special days and parties. Your child will be just as excited to have a sugar-free candy as they would be if it contained sugar. Keep a stash at your parent’s home so if they are tempted to treat the child they have an acceptable option. A sugar-free peppermint tastes the same as a sugary one. It is the mint that creates the flavor. Peppermint oil is good for digestion problems. So, a sugar-free peppermint may help the child.
Teach your children. Get them involved. Let them be part of the process
- Talk to your children. Have them help you make a list of their favorite foods that are healthy. They will soon see there are many foods that they like that they can have.
- Do not have products with sugar in the home.
- Set a good example. Do not expect them to refrain from snacks if you cannot.
- Have foods that they like and that they can eat, on hand.
- Have sugar-free candy on hand for treats you want to give them.
- Use natural products like honey to sweeten baked goods.
- Don’t fight unnecessary battles. Unless someone is deliberately undermining your authority, small treats from time to time will not hurt anyone.
- Have an emergency bowl. Let your child select 2-3 pieces of their favorite candy. It can be a Hershey’s Kiss, a Mini-Peanutbutter Cup, or whatever. They may have one pull from the bowl per week. This is for meltdowns. Do not suggest it. If they get upset because they do not want their selections for snacks, do not let them go crazy. Let them have a pull from the bowl and leave it at that. It is always better to be peaceful when dealing with children.