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“Aunt Emelie, why is sugar bad for me?”

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I teach courses about sugar, but when my five-year-old niece asked me, “Aunt Emelie, why is sugar bad for me?”, I realized that I didn’t have a simple answer for her.

That question started me on a journey. I realized that if I, who regularly teach about sugar, couldn’t come up with a simple answer for my niece, how are parents supposed to explain it to their kids?

It’s so easy for us to say “you can’t have that; it has sugar in it.” But I think there’s a better way. I believe we can empower children with the simple knowledge they need to make better choices.

Start with “why.”

Understanding and owning my own “why” was so important when I quit sugar almost ten years ago. So I felt it was equally important for me to fully and honestly answer my niece’s “why.”

A few months and many hours later, that answer came as my first children’s book, The Sugar Story.

I wanted to make sure she knew that sugar wasn’t bad, but that we are using it in a bad way.

Through The Sugar Story, I start by helping her understand that sugar’s original purpose was to let her body know that fruits and vegetables make her healthy and strong.

But when sugar is taken out of fruits and vegetables and made into sweets, sugar continues to tell her body that this food is good for you, but it’s a lie. All the good is gone.

Give your child the tools

When we understand that sugar is being used in the wrong way, we can begin talking about the right way to use it.

Balancing our blood sugar is so important for us both physically and emotionally. This is even more important for children as their bodies are affected even more by sugar.

When eating fruit that contains more sugar, encourage your kids to eat it together with fat, protein, or after a meal. A banana with nut butter, an apple with cheese, or blueberries with coconut. This is a fun and easy way to help your child balance their blood sugar.

When you help your child regularly avoid high blood sugar spikes (and crashes!), it will help them better listen to their body and understand when they do eat too much sugar. Our bodies let us know when we eat too much sugar, but if we do it too often, we start missing the message.

Make it fun!

Our attitude towards fruits and vegetables says a lot to our children. Let’s be excited about fruits and vegetables!

One of the recipes at the end of The Sugar Story is a frozen banana cut in half on a Popsicle stick. My two-year-old nephew goes crazy over these, and it’s just a frozen banana.

Take a minute to think like a kid. Be amazed by the wide variety of fruits and vegetables we have today. Be mindful of all the colors, aromas, textures and flavors.

And enjoy a few recipes from the sugar story:

Emelie Kamp is an entrepreneur, licensed nutritional counselor, wellness coach, green living coach, author of The Sugar Story, creator of the Dark Chocolate Diet and health industry consultant - working towards transforming the way we feel and the way we see ourselves. Be encouraged, be empowered, live your purpose.

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Everyone has a story. Our stories are what color in the details of who we are and how we show up to the world around us, and how we engage with it/them: relationships, jobs, schools, etc. We were all intentionally and intelligently designed to be unique individuals.  When we discover who we are, where we came from, and what we were designed for in this lifetime, we find the freedom in seeing ourselves in our truest identity.  It is in this freedom, our personal story can be expressed organically and experienced by others.

The messages of our stories are often communicated and translated through the ways we impact and interact with the people we are privileged to have in our lives— whether for a short while, or for a lifetime. When we discover who we are and the purpose we were uniquely designed to fulfill, we begin to not only value ourselves, we also begin to value others around us at the same capacity of which we value ourselves. Our intentions, interactions, and impact become more authentic, vulnerable, and hold a greater potential to add life changing value to the lives we are privileged to be a part of.

So how do we begin to discover who we are at our core and what we were designed to live for? Awareness is the first step. Taking an inventory of our character, our morals, our values, our tendencies, patterns, feelings, passions, attitudes, relationships can be key to self discovery. These are the fruit from seeds that have been planted in the soil of our young minds from the moment we were even conceived– unconsciously. Taking a brave trip down memory lane to take a good look at where we’ve historically come from, is another key factor to self discovery. These impactful experiences, whether big or small, manifest in our idiosyncrasies. Some of which would be ideal to change, because we and others around us, deserve them to be changed.

We as humans will inevitably share similarities. The genetic and neurological composition of our individual beings however, are uniquely different. When we take a good look at who we are at our core there is a lot to discover about how intentionally and intelligently we were uniquely designed to be, and the life we were destined to uniquely live; serving the world around us at different capacities and various ways.

Here are some questions to ask yourself…
1. Who are you?
2. Where did you come from?
3. What were your designed for here on earth?
4. How were you created to impact the world around you?
5. What does your unique design have, to solve a problem that exists in the community that surrounds your life?
6. When are you going to venture out into a courageous journey of fully living at your greatest potential and impacting at your optimal?
7. What or who do you need in your life, to make this happen? (I call this, resourcing up!)

Sometimes, we need someone in our corner coming alongside us through the journey of self discovery. For those interested in discovering their truest identity and the possibility of unlocking their greatest potential, connect with me! I’d be happy to be a part of that journey and see you thrive as the best version of yourself!

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