What is it about holidays that encourages the overconsumption of sugar? From Halloween to Christmas, and even the holy occasion of Easter, every special day is marked with its own brand of delicious, sugary sweets. It’s terrible. And awesome. As much as I try to limit our family’s sugar intake, when the holidays roll around, I’m no match for the pull of candy, cookies, fudge, or the like. I mean, I’ve made no less than 20 dozen cookies over the last month. What can I say? It’s a Christmas thing!
Maybe you’re strong and you were able to make it through the winter holidays unscathed by sugar. If so, congratulations! And good luck. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and it’s even tougher than Christmas! Candy conversation hearts, cupcakes, those yummy mini candy bars…oh my gosh. Don’t worry, though. Just because the sweets are around and you indulge a little, that doesn’t mean you have to indulge a lot. Here’s how our family participates in the festivities around us without going crazy!
Eat the Good Stuff
If you’re going to indulge in sugary sweets, make sure it’s the good stuff. There’s no point in eating low-fat candy bars, or reduced fat goodies. Often, the richer stuff is better for you anyway. I’d much rather Ayva eat one slice of cake made with real sugar and butter at a holiday party, than a “healthy” granola bar filled with preservatives and chemicals.
Cut Unnecessary Sugar
Take a look at the items that you eat every day. Does your cereal have more than 8 grams of sugar? How about the juice that your child drinks? Instead of keeping the family away from holiday treats, look at ways to cut your overall sugar intake. Ayva rarely drinks juice. Instead, we opt for water so that when the opportunity comes up for her to chow down on a big ole cookie, I don’t have to say no.
Make It Yourself
The absolute best way to indulge in sweets is to make it yourself. When you bake your own cookies or pies, or make your own candy, you get to be in charge of the ingredients that are inside. You can eliminate dyes, put less sugar than the recipe calls for if you want, and know for a fact that what you’re eating is all good.
Little Remedies Says Yes To Less
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Take a look at this video and meet the Applegate family. They’re another family that has said yes to less. In their case, it’s yes to less waste. What will your family say yes to less of in 2014?
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