We’re not allowing our kids to have sugar on Easter. We’re terrible parents, aren’t we? 😉 I will make honey chocolates, and they won’t miss a thing. My kids don’t complain about not having sugar. They do not lack good food, that is for sure!
We have lots of reasons we’re not allowing sugar this Easter. Every one of us is healthier without it. I’ve read a lot about sugar, too. Did you know that in a correctional facility for aggressive juveniles, there was a 44% decrease in aggression and anti-social behaviors just by decreasing the amount of sugar that they ate?? That is phenomenal.
If you eat like a typical American, and believe that a basket full (and several plastic eggs full) of chocolate on Easter is " a little bit of sugar," please don’t be fooled. I wrote an article called The Myth of Moderation: Sugar, which shows how much sugar is in everyday foods that most Americans are eating.
What I am about to share is anecdotal evidence, which, unfortunately, doesn’t count in science (however, if you want science on the dangers of even a little amount of sugar, there is plenty of it out there).
In my family we currently have 8 children. For a little bit of background:
Kids 1 and 2 are biological, were fed breastmilk (up to 7 months for one, 15 months for the other), given all immunizations, Kid 1 was given an overdose (many at one time as a tiny preemie, because the hospital said we "had to" to bring him home…UGH. He regressed for several days after being immunized before he could actually come home…).
Kids 3 and 4 were adopted. Kid 3 lived on commercial formula, kid 4 had commercial formula for 7 months, and then homemade raw milk formula. Kid 3 has all immunizations. Kid 4 has had them at a slower schedule and is probably lacking a few ;).
Kids 5, 6, 7 and 8 are all foster kids. They were all nursed for a little while (6 months, I think) and then went on commercial formula. Kids 5, 6 and 8 have had all regular immunizations. Kid 7 has had a double dose of some of them (they were originally given too early and "don’t count").
At home, all of the above children are on the GAPS diet. No grains, no sugar.
One day per week, kids 5 and 6 get sugar from their birth mom. They eat Cheetos or fruit snacks or cupcakes or crackers or candy bars, and a large bottle of Gatorade every week.
Two days per week, kids 7 and 8 get this "food" from their birth mom. Kid 8 is 9 months, but her birth mom still feeds her this kind of junk. 🙁
Kids 1, 2, 3 and 4 do not eat any sugar, refined foods or grains. (Though, they have been able to eat chips and rice at a Mexican restaurant twice in the last few months, only because we were being nice…or…mean? ;)).
I think it is VERY interesting to note that kids 5, 6, 7 and 8 have had THREE colds since they have been in our home (since early February). Kids 1, 2, 3 and 4 have had ZERO colds during this time.
You could argue that kids 5, 6, 7 and 8 have probably had more sugar and junk in their lifetime and therefore have a compromised immune system. I would agree. And then I would go back to the fact that nobody should be eating this kind of junk on a regular basis or even once per week. However, we only stopped eating sugar a year and 4 months ago. Before that we ate gluten free for a year, and before that we ate just like many other Americans (refined, processed, foods, grains at every meal, sugar, pop, etc.). Our kids have spent a lot of their childhood (6 1/2 years, 5 1/2 years, 4 1/2 years and 1 year) eating junk. But they don’t get colds now, since we’ve stopped eating sugar and grains. Interesting, huh? I think so……
So I would say, no a little bit of sugar is not ok. It’s a drug. It’s addictive. It makes our bodies acidic and an acidic body cannot fight off diseases. Even a little bit. Even just once per week.
I guarantee you a bunch of people will be sick the week after Easter. ‘Tis the season, right? 😉