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INTERVIEW WITH THE 7 YEAR OLD
When I first told you we were quitting sugar, what did you think?
**I was like "WHAT NO MORE NICE FOOD!!" I was really hoping that you would be the only one doing it and that you would forget about us. I didn't think we would be doing it forever, maybe just that day.
How do you feel when all your friends are eating sugar treats
**I feel left out and think that its not fair.
Are you happy that we no longer have sugar
**No because I can't eat all the delicious food and be happy.
What is your favourite sugar free food I make
**That new peanut butter thing, it is 10 out of 10
What is the worst food you have eaten so far
**Hmm thats a hard question, probably everything that you make with that stuff thats chocolate that doesn't actually taste like chocolate <cacao powder>
Do you feel healthier since quitting sugar
**I don't know, because I don't really know what I am meant to feel like. I still run around like I did in the olden days.
What is 3 good things about quitting sugar
**You stop getting diarehh…. Actually are you going to write that down??
Mum there is nothing good about quitting sugar, so I can't think of 3.
With all the stuff on tv and learning about sugar at school, do you think that its good that we are doing this as a family
**Yeh I do because I saw on tv that it can stop your chances of getting cancer but I'm not sure if that true. It is good and it is bad. It is good if you want to be healthy but sometimes I don't want to be healthy, I just want some junk food. I don't know why we have to do this every single day. I wish we could just do it during the week and then party on saturday and sunday.
What would you say to other kids that's family is about to give up sugar
**Prepare to get healthy, make sure you don't think about what everyone else is eating at school, even if they say "yumm look at my chocolate!" just look the other way and say "wow, big deal".
Get ready to eat lots of new cooking that tastes gross and weird. Sometimes you will get cool stuff but usually it isn't as good as the normal food. Dinner is the same and lunches but snacks and treats are not like what everyone else has.
Is quitting sugar hard?
**Yes and no. It is easy when you are at home because you just go to the fridge and you look in the fridge and the food you see is nice but it is really hard when you go to the shops and you see all the awesome amazing fantastic food and your mum says no you can't have it.
You don't sound very happy at the moment? I didn't realise you hated this so much
**I don't know, I am happy except when other people get to have things that I can't.
You know that we are doing this to be healthy
**Yeh I know that but even healthy people can have unhealthy days, remember when you said its your cheat meal day when you were at bootcamp a long time ago and you had that funny picture of the cat eating a burger on the computer, i think we should have sugar cheat days cause then you can still be healthy.
Thank you for answering my questions and being amazing
**Thats ok, thanks for not making me sleep outside with the dog and for giving me food and drinks. And thanks for letting me go to school and buying me books.
I have had many conversations with the 7 year old about our lifestyle and I never knew he was hating on it quite so much. I can totally understand the lunch thing at school because lets face it, kids can be a$$holes and love rubbing what they have and others don't in their faces.
I read a quote from Scott Gooding that said
"As a parent you have a very small window in which to positively influence your kid’s relationship with food before they fly the nest and make their own choices. It’s a privileged position to be in and one that should be embraced.”
I don't want to be the sugar natzi and I have always said if the occasion is one that is special enough, I will let him enjoy a treat. BUT he will not have soft drink no matter what the occasion, even if the pope visits and wants to share a can of coke with the kids… the answer is no. When I say if the occasion is special enough, I'm not talking about a whole day of celebrations, I'm talking about things that are completely out of my control, like going to another kids birthday party. He can enjoy the treats whilst he is there but once we are home its back to "my life is so shitsville"
All I want is for my kids to make good choices. That reaching for a water becomes second nature, not looking for a cordial, juice or soft drink. That sweets are seen as treats and not a normal part of your diet. I'm hoping that if I keep pushing this lifestyle, which I will happily put my hand up and say I fail quite magnificently at times (smartie bribe anyone, turning a blind eye to a sneaky flavoured beverage with Pop) but those moments make up our journey.
I will continue ruining my sons life (by the sound of his answers) and if he happens to rob a candy store when he turns 16, then I will deal with that too.
I love my children more than anything and it's this love that sees me try and stay strong (as best as one can) and hope for the love of fructose, that I'm making a difference in their lives.