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Help Your Kids Cut Sugar Cravings with One Simple Word, “No”

I don’t just want to be a father. I want to be a great father. I want to be a Ned Stark kind of father, the kind that my kids grow up wistfully reminiscing about.

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That isn’t just an ego trip (OK, maybe a little), it is about doing right by my kids. After all, the statistics about absentee fathers is clearly mapped by endless studies on the matter, and the more involved I am, the more positive the impact I can have on my tykes.

Recognition is the first step to change

With that being said, I think I have most of it down pretty well. One area where I sometimes faltered was in my own health, and I was guilty of making some of the common excuses: I was too busy, I wasn’t that unhealthy, I made sure my kids ate right. But in the end, I wasn’t an example and a good influence on them. Plus, my sugar addiction was lessening my lifespan.

My change actually started with a single cookie. I was at a party when my niece came and offered me a bit of chocolatey, chippy deliciousness. With my son standing next to me, and knowing he’d just seen me eat two cookies only minutes earlier, I declined the cookie offered by my niece. I realized just how closely my kids were watching me and found the resolve I needed to make some important changes to my diet and overall health.

Are you ready to make the same change? The further down the road I get, the more I’ve learned about the human body, the food industry, and just how easy it can be to take care of myself and feel loads better every day.


Sugar Is A Sneaky Addiction

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An article by NPR addressed a study on sugar and the effects on the body and brain. It turns out that people can literally be addicted to sugar. On a scale of severity, researchers claim it is just as dangerous an addiction as cocaine. Let that sink in for a moment. Not only does it cause weight gain, diabetes, and a multitude of health problems, but kicking it is as hard as kicking drugs.

If you’re still not sold, consider the damage we’re doing to our kids if we’re always treating them to a cookie, handing them a pack of fruit snacks in between meals, or stuffing them full of cereal in the mornings. We’re sometimes unknowingly loading them with tons of added sugar, setting them up for addiction, weight gain, and possibly even depression and lack of self control.

Feeding Your Sweet Tooth Can Have Some Benefits

So what happens when the cravings strike? Even when you have the best intentions of kicking sugar and eating more fresh veggies, those cravings can come out of nowhere and really kick your butt. When we put our kids to bed, or if I just need a minute of quiet, I find myself reaching for a snack or treat to set the mood. That sort of craving has been conditioned to help me relieve stress from my day. It’s something that’s not only physical, but psychological. The best solution? DISTRACTIONS!

It may also be caused by a lack of energy. Your body wants energy, it wants sugar because glucose is such a quick and easy fix. A snack high in protein, or even healthy fats, can stomp it out.

Are you still craving? Try some natural sugars balanced by fiber and nutritional benefits (like a little fruit). Get some coconut cream, freeze it for a few hours, then separate the top cream from the water and a bit of stevia. Make a peanut butter, banana and soy milk smoothie. There are plenty of better alternatives with a much lower glycemic impact than refined sugar.

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Wait For The Cravings To Pass

How long are you going to be craving sugar? According to a study, about six days. That was the average length of time people who cut sugar struggled with the desire to consume it. If you can push past less than a week of cravings you are going to come out the other side feeling like a champion, and get over the withdrawals with your head held high!

You can do this! It all starts with a single ‘No, thank you’.

Kevin Jones

Kevin Jones is a Writer. Blogger. Communicator. As a happily married father with two amazing kids, he is always learning helpful ways to keep a family active, healthy and happy. Kevin's areas of focus include: health and fitness for all ages, a love of researching family fitness, nutrition, and how to fit workouts into the busy lives we have. Kevin works with multiple fitness companies and organizations such as NordicTrack. Feel free to connect with Kevin on: LinkedIn | Twitter

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  • I like this post! It is important to control our cravings as a good example to the kids around us. This is really a big problem now-a days, there are 3.7% increase of type 2 diabetes in early ages of 18 and below in year 2016.

  • I love this post! It is really important to practice self-discipline and control our cravings. I also love your point about setting good examples for the kids around us.

  • I definitely agree that sugar cravings are dangerous. I especially loathe that in many school and work settings, sweets are seen as rewards to give out.

  • Great tips, but in our home, it’s not the kids. It’s me! I’m learning that by eating healthier alternatives, such as fruits, it does help. That, and drinking half a bottle of water. 🙂

  • Sugar cravings are really going to tempt you to find the nearest dessert that you can find, but I’ve learned that it does subside. It’s even better when you eat healthy and live healthy, you won’t get those cravings at all. Enough sleep helps too.

  • I did not realize this! Just reading this made me hungry – lol – but I will resist the sweet snack, mostly because sugar now makes me sick every time I eat more than a taste – so that is great for me, as I used to be a sugarholic!

  • I try to follow clean eating rules at my house and limit my children’s sugar intake. They’re still pretty young, so it goes well, but these tips will be great when they get older!

  • I have a big sweet tooth and I’m definitely trying to cut back. I would probably be way more responsible if I had kids like you and knew they were watching me.

  • No is a word that they are going to hear more and more as they grow older, so they might as well get used to it right now. I am a firm believer in discipline for children. Hearing no and being able to live with it is a big part of that discipline.

  • I tell my kids no all the time! Especially during the week, when things are more regimented. And they actually do fairly well not fighting me on it. We never get fast food, I rarely buy sweets (helps that I don’t have a sweet tooth myself), and I only allow minimal soda on the weekends (Sprite only). Relatively speaking, we doing pretty well I think and I’m proud of that.



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