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A little bit of sugar is ok, right?


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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? 😉


  • Margeaux

    Awesome post even if you ‘evidence’ is anecdotal it still counts in my world. My family recently watched a video about the dangers of sugar and high fructose corn syrup in particular and consequently we are slowly eliminating a lot of sugar from our diets. I’ve been making chocolate chip cookies and banana bread with honey instead of the sugar and it’s make quite a difference already. Glad to hear others are against sugar as well and good luck with the kids.

  • Jennie

    Wonderful post! We saw a video about the dangers of HFCS too and have been eliminating it over the last year. It’s in so much! Learning to make lots of our own condiments and how to cook traditionally to avoid processed foods. I’m slowly learning how to re-invent our favorite family recipes to be more healthy. One thing, I’ve noticed, the less sugar we consume, the less sugar we want to consume. Taste buds must be changing!! Also, noticing odd effects of sugar like eye twitches and achy joints! Just anecdotal evidence though! 😉

    Do you always use honey to replace sugar? Is there a rule of thumb for conversion?

    • Margeaux

      We’ve just begun to get rid of the sugar but most of our pantry doesn’t have the HFCS so it’s at least a step in the right direction.

      Honey seems like the natural substitute for sugar; I even have it my coffee instead of white sugar. According to you can substitute honey for sugar even up to 1 cup (1/4 c sugar= 1/4 c honey). For my chocolate hcip recipe it calls for 3/4c brown sugar & 3/4 c white for 1 batch, I substitute 1 c honey and we think the cookies are even better than when we use sugar.

      Here’s the article I started with and then just tweaked things from there as I needed to:

  • Lisa


    I love your website! I have already tried two of your recipes today. 🙂 It was so nice to get to chat with you on the retreat this weekend and learn about your experiences. I hope we meet up again at some time.
    Regarding the foster care visits: Have you asked the case worker to ask the mom to give them no sugar? I know all the snack foods have sugar too, but if you can at least get the case worker to agree to no “candy” or sugar drinks, that might help. I know in our case we did put our foot down about candy and they have so far respected it. Then a miracle happened today! 🙂 My foster daughters birth mom asked me for a list of acceptable foods and things she should avoid. She told me she wants to feed Shyann like I do! I give the glory to God. I do not want to overwhelm bio-mom so I will start slow but I am so amazed that she is so humble and willing to learn. It is so, so , so hard to think of our foster daughter leaving our house, but at the same time I have an excitement about building a close relationship with birth mom! I hope that encourages you. Keep up the hard work! You amaze me with all you have on this site.

  • michelle

    Love this post! We have 4 kids 1 is bio 3 are adopted via foster care. We had a total of 15 kids come through our home. So I know how that goes with bio parents feeding the kids garbage (sodas…). Imunizations given in double doses… As I read through this blog I see so much of my story from starting out Marker’s diet, then going GF, to now starting GAPS, the feeling sick all the time, migraines., to foster care and adoption…I am by far the “sickest” of us all, but I know my kids need this as well. I grew up on SAD diet…everything cheap, processed or artificial. I wish I knew 20 yrs ago what I know now! And oh the soy! I decided 12 yrs ago to get healthy…I added soy nuts to my salad with processed dressing…things went downhill from there! Now I avoid it like the plague!

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