Two weeks ago today Jade and I were having a conversation about soda, sugar, obesity and energy. We talked about what happens to sugar when you digest it and what happens to your energy level. Jade was amazed at what sugar can do to your body.
During the conversation Jade said that she’s bigger than the other girls in her dance class. She talked about how she feels big and doesn’t want to be fat.
I don’t know if I handled this right. It is one of those times, as a mom, you wish you didn’t have your own insecurities and your own issues.
So I said to her that she has a beautiful body and that she has a strong body but if she wants to feel better she could quit drinking soda or eating junk food. (Sure, I know I shouldn’t even have junk food in the house but it is one of my weaknesses). I also told her she could eat more healthy foods.
As the conversation came to a close she suggested we have a challenge to see if the two of us could go one month without sugar. I felt like that was a pretty significant challenge for our first try at this so we settled on no sugary treats and no soda. And at the end of the month we would talk about how we feel energy wise.
Here we are half way through the challenge. She has done amazingly well. Instead of fries she’ll get a salad, when everyone else is getting ice cream she’ll get a sugar free yogurt. And she has had better energy, been happier and fallen asleep quicker. Me? Oh I’m miserable! I am constantly wishing for sugar – ranging from a few Ghirardelli Milk Chocolate chips before bed, a mug of hot chocolate in the morning, a maple bar, a tootsie pop, to a caramel apple, a hot chocolate chip cookie or chocolate covered cinnamon bears.
2 more weeks – we can do this. And hopefully Jade will realize she is beautiful (no matter how she compares to the other girls in her classes) and that she feels better when she isn’t loading up on sugar.