Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Leaning Into Reducing Sugar.

A few months ago I updated my About page and set myself some goals I would like to achieve over the next few months and how I was LEANING into a healthier family lifestyle. By leaning I meant making small gradual changes in the hope that it sticks better than had I gone cold turkey. Some of the goals included introducing a Meat Free Monday, Technology Free Tuesday, reducing our sugar intake and minimising our chemical use within our household.

Over the last few weeks I have been working on reducing our sugar intake in one tiny baby step.

Special occasions aside I have stopped the desert or sugary reward for eating the right amount of dinner. Now I can't take credit for this idea, as it was from a conversation with a friend that lead me to this small change... (thanks Tineale!) But I have implemented the use of SPARKLERS.



It made me realise how long it had actually been since we had done sparklers with Hannah when she was frightened of them at first... our dear little delicate Hannah! But after watching one or two she was more than enthusiastic to have a go and it proved to be a very successful incentive for future bribery. 

Why I think sparklers is such a great idea... well I'm glad you asked! For starters, whose idea was it to give your kids a sugar hit right before bedtime anyway? And on top of that the added pressure to reduce and monitor the amount of sugary foods consumed throughout the day. I mean we do this anyway but say you allow your child a treat for afternoon tea, then dinner time rolls around and your family already has a desert routine going, it doesn't give you much room to move!

Finally, the biggest "pro" for sparklers is that it creates memories! Something your child is going to hang onto for many years to come; the moments where the whole family gathered in the back yard after dinner each night and giggled and mucked around together with magical sparkling lit up sticks writing their names in the dark and swirling around.

I think that is pretty special.


So one tiny step towards reducing sugar in our house... tick!

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