My friend texts me this morning. “My son wants to do the sugar challenge, too!”
I read it and feel a small surge of pride. She is the second friend to tell me that, and I love that our family’s journey to better health has inspired others.
We are at the start of week two, and for the most part things are going smoothly. There have been no meltdowns or sneaking of snacks. Even when the boys are out with friends, I’m getting phone calls double checking what they can and can’t eat.
Middle - “Mom, is it OK to have a slice of pizza?”
Oldest - “Mom, can I have a bagel?”
Youngest - “Mom, I didn’t think I could have ices, but wanted to make sure.”
Good try, 9-year-old.
My goal when this over is to find the middle ground. Carrots will never replace cookies, but sugary treats are not something we need to have every day (or three times a day). This past week, popcorn has been a big indulgence, along with edamame, whole wheat crackers and hummus, grapes, and banana with peanut butter. I’m hoping these healthier snacks will evolve in status from, “Sure, whatever, if I have to” to a part of our everyday normal.
“Maaaaa!” my son screams from the kitchen, like something is on fire.
“What??” I ask, breathless, relieved not to see smoke.
He is holding a container of whipped cream. His face bright with excitement. “There’s, like, no sugar in here!” he exclaims, thrusting it at me.
“Let me see.” I scan the label and my eyes light as well. “You’re right!” I know full well frozen chemicals – I mean whipped cream – would never be on a list of “healthy foods.” But I don’t care. My son and I gleefully lick and our eyes glaze over.