A dietitian mom’s take on sugar for kids…
Navigating sugar with kids
In the interest of “getting to know your Dietitian” I thought it might be fun to share a recent family photo.
Here we are with tiny person #3 who has recently decided that he can’t get enough of the white stuff…sugar that is. I frequently whisper to him “Mommy’s a Dietitian, you can’t be a sugar addict” but it turns out that he doesn’t particularly care.
So for all the parents who share in my daily struggle, here are the words of wisdom that I try to remind myself of daily…
- Save the sugar for treats, don’t waste it on meal or snack items that are unnecessarily loaded with sugar.
- Don’t freak out when treats show up. Treats WILL show up- it’s inevitable, and that’s okay. Overreacting will backfire most of the time, especially long-term. When a food item becomes forbidden it often turns into what we want most. This is typically true for children and adults.
- Be a good role model with YOUR food choices. Kids learn by what we do – not what we say. (So this OBVIOUSLY means pigging out on chocolate after the kids go to bed…and don’t forget to hide the wrappers).
Tiny R’s mecca. I’d like to think he’d be as enthused if this was a giant smiley carrot but somehow I doubt it. Sigh
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Looking for more family feeding tips from a dietitian that won’t expect you to be perfect but that nudges you towards healthier habits for yourself and your family? Book an appointment with Calgary pediatric dietitian and online nutritionist Lindsay Rieger.
As a mom dietitian of 3 active kids, she can help you figure out how to feed your family healthy foods, despite a hectic lifestyle. Lindsay specializes in family meal planning and as a Calgary