I have been getting more and more frustrated with the way we eat around here. Over the past few weeks, months, years even, we have gone from a very healthy family to one where you can usually find chips and cookies in the snack cabinets. Ice cream, once a special treat reserved for birthdays and special outings, is now a near weekly purchase and eaten once or twice a day by some people around here. The healthyish “cracker snacks” I used to make with Cheerios (or small crackers), dried fruit, and nuts has morphed into a big bowl of crackers with a few nuts thrown on top if mom is watching.
Not coincidentally, my weight has crept up as well. The kids are still on their “growth curves” and the doctors aren’t concerned, but I am concerned with their very limited, and even shrinking, diets and their up and down mood swings. I often feel logy myself and find myself turning to crackers, sweets, Facebook, and/or wine to pass the time. I was successful with WW many years ago, but in the past five years I’ve gained it all back and much more. I’ve rejoined WW a few times, but can’t do it. I’ve tried to track on my own and I’m unable to stick with it. My friend is doing Whole30 and encouraged me to try, but just looking at all the food you have to eliminate exhausted me! However, something has to change. I weigh more now then I did at full-term with Eve! I was looking through old blog posts the other day and came across a picture of me on my due date with Lex, and my first thought was, “wow, I was skinny!” Not my belly, of course, but my arms, legs, and face looked so much thinner than today. Ugh!
Sugar is something that is getting more and more attention these days. I often find myself reminding the kids about the sugar high/crash cycle, and it occurred to me that maybe removing sugar from our diets would benefit all of us! It’s a scary proposition, so I did what I usually do and thought about it for a month or two. Then I cautiously broached the subject with Alan and, of course, he loved it! Yesterday we told the kids. They were less enthused! :)
The plan is to use up what we have in the house, but stop buying obviously sugary things (cookies, ice cream, sugar cereals, granola bars, etc.). From there we will move to looking more closely at the non-sweet things and looking for alternatives with no sugar. Not “sugar-free” products, because they are just full of fake sugar, but the goal is to look for items with fewer ingredients, less processed, and more real food. The idea is terrifying, but the idea of not making the change is even more terrifying!
The kids both cried. Lex said it’s a good thing Feburary is the shortest month of the year (yes, that was part of my plan), and Eve, through tears, asked if she could still have a cake on her birthday. She also worried about what to do with all the Valentine’s Day candy she will receive. Big problems to overcome!
After family meeting, we gathered in the living room and I put on Fed Up on Netflix. The kids insisted they did not want to watch, and I didn’t push the issue, so they sat with their laptops in the living room “not” watching the movie. I paused it at various times and they had lots of comments about it and by the end they were both actively engaged! Eve is all on board, because Eve is always either all in or all out of every activity! Lex reluctantly agreed that it might be a good idea. While we were making dinner Eve gave me a big hug and said, “Thank you for doing this now, mommy, before I get obese. I don’t want to be obese.” (The movie focuses a lot on obesity.) She had a smoothie and oatmeal for breakfast and I noticed Lex chose Cheerios over his usual Mini-wheats when he had cereal today. Maybe a coincidence, maybe not, I didn’t ask.
I was just looking through the Fed Up website and it says that you should quit cold turkey, because if you wean off it slowly the sugar will continue calling to sugar and make it harder for you to quit. They say if you quit all at once you’ll start feeling better in 1-2 days and cravings will be completely gone within three weeks. Maybe we should wean off a little faster than originally planned… but after Alan’s birthday this week! Birthday Cookies are already under way! :)
Now… what do with all those Girl Scout arriving mid-February…