Before we started the holiday I had told the 7 year old that we would be more relaxed about the foods he could and could not have, HOWEVER this was not a free for all sugar rave!!! He was still going to hear the word "NO" a lot, but the odds were in his favour that he would be consuming more sugar in the next 3 weeks then he would have in 3 months.
His first request was 4 hours into our trip when we stopped for breakfast. He was hankering for a strawberry flavoured milk and water just was not going to cut it. The husband suggested a fresh juice, but there was only bottled stuff. I impressed no one by standing at the fridge door of the service station, scanning the sugar content of both bottles as people barged past me to pay for their petrol. I ended up going for the milk based on 5 teaspoons of sugar verse 12. The 7 year old declared it to be the best holiday of his life, 4 hours into the trip.
During the course of the first week he drank a lot of water (not by choice) and yes he may have had a frozen coke when all the other kids were having one, but I convinced myself that its the first one he has had in 6 months and he won't die from it. Pre quitting sugar he honestly would get 3 a week on the drive home from school!!
I thought his sugar tank was slowly getting filled and he seemed to be relishing in the fact that he was having the odd treat here and there but would still tell anyone who would listen "that stupid mum is making me give up sugar"… What a horrible existence he has!!
During the trip, we decided to head to the butterfly and bird sanctuary. We thought the 1 year old would be in her element, as she loves birds and seriously who doesn't love butterflies… well it turns out the 1 year old doesn't. She has no fear of a huge bird eating out of her hand or landing on her shoulder with their sharp claws, but the moment a butterfly landed on her arm she freaked the fructose out!!! Butterflies are apparently satan's messengers of evil according to the 1 year old… Best.50dollars.spent.ever
We decided to stop at a really over priced cafe for lunch, because paying 12 dollars for a sandwich is what tourists love to do. I picked the place based on the fresh produce and food on offer. My husband had his eyes set on the pie and smoothie bar, but somehow I won out.
The 7 year old ordered a ham cheese and tomato sandwich (big tick) and a orange juice (triple big ticks from the vegetarian Dad/shake of the head from mum). The 1 year old was refusing to eat anything at all, so we settled on a milkshake (one that came out, as big as her head). I asked the lady making it to just use milk and some ice-cream, (no added syrups or flavours) we would just have to settle for the sugar in the ice-cream. The 1 year old thought her christmas's had all come at once and would not let it out of her greasy little mittens. When I tried to rest it on the table for her, she growled at me and in some ancient language of the babies, told me that I would meet an unfortunate accident, if I touched her drink again.
The husband made the comment to the 7 year old about how proud he was that he choose a healthy sandwich and a juice. I nodded in agreement.. then the 7 year old being the 7 year old, decided that whilst the husband and I were deep in conversation and the 1 year old was figuring out how she could get more milkshake in her mouth quicker, that he was going to open up the sugar packets that were placed in the middle of the table for people with hot beverages and pour it on his plate and dip his finger and sandwich into his sugar bounty...
When I realised what he was doing and gave him the stink eye with a hint of absolute disbelief, he looked at me and went "What, its free!!"
The husband said," you know your mums going to write about this on her blog.." and he replied "well why else would they put sugar on the table if they didn't want you to eat it, that would be plain rude to just leave it there"..
I had nothing…. I took a photo and decided to move on from that moment
On our return home from holidays I asked the 7 year old to write me a paragraph that I could post on here about how much sugar he felt he had on his holiday and if it made it better or worse? Here is his reply, I only edited his spelling but kept everything else the same.
On the holidays we went to Cairns. It was really fun and I want to live there but Mum and Dad probably won't because it would be too far from Dads work and my Ma Ma and Pop.
I ate lots and lots and lots and lots of sugar on the holidays. I am not allowed to have soft drink but I had 3 altogether and they were way better than water. I didn't have any lollies except for some jelly beans and the other drink I had was strawberry milk. I did eat some sugar from a packet but it doesn't really taste too good, it needs some chocolate on it I think, or mix it with some fanta.
I had 4 ice creams on the holidays. That was all I had. I counted them up and it is
2 softdrinks, 1 frozen coke, 2 strawberry milks, 6 jelly beans, a sugar packet, 2 milo icecreams, 1 paddle pop, 1 drumstick.
Mum just talked to me about this and said over 4 weeks that is not much sugar for a normal person, but for our stupid no sugar people it is more than I have had in 6 months.
I don't really care anyway. I just want some soft drink sometimes like on fridays maybe or if I get really really hot from playing in the yard. I don't really want any ice creams anymore. I didn't even eat them all, I gave them to my cousin to finish.
I think that its ok that we give up sugar in food but maybe we can just have some sugar in drinks. I think being allowed to have sugar on the holiday only made it better when I could have sugar with the other kids because otherwise they made me feel like I was missing out on the best drinks. I did tell my cousins that they will get sick from drinking too much sugar but they didn't. That means mum lied.
So there you have it!!! Honestly I was impressed with his restraint. He didn't ask for anything other than the occasional soft drink whilst on holidays or whatever the other kids were having. He only chucked one actual tantrum when I didn't let him have the same as the others but got over it pretty quickly when his mind was taken off the subject. The 1 year old did pretty well too. I think she had 1 ice-cream and a milkshake during the duration of our holiday and a handful of mixed lollies and tiny teddies on my birthday.
Yesterday I posted that I was going to make some Nutella Donuts. I was very excited and you can find the recipe HERE I substituted the maple syrup for Rice Malt Syrup, but I think due to the fact I called it "Nutella Donuts" had set the kids up for disappointment. The Nutella icing tasted nothing like nutella, and the 7 year old told me that it was "ewwww gross" I didn't mind it, but it is not in the same league as nutella. It had a strong taste of hazel nut and the cream cheese was also very noticeable. When we made the donuts, which were made from almond meal both kids took a bite and gave me the look that says "how could you serve this to us".. The 7 year old actually said to me " Its like you hate us, when you make us eat things like this".. (not dramatic or insulting at all) I asked him what he didnt like about it and he said "everything". Personally I would happily eat it, if it was served to me but won't be making it again. You might have better luck with this recipe?? Maybe your kids aren't little a$$holes.
After the failure of the nutella donuts I decided to tackle a Chocolate Bounty Ball Recipe. I decided that I wanted to make it more into a log, so I could cut it up into nice little pieces. I also made the balls as well.
The verdict on these were "YUMMY" I even gave some to my Dad and he said that they were absolutely delicious!! The 1 year old couldn't deal with the chocolate coating melting on her fingers and chucked a little tantrum. She gave it 1 dummy out of 10.
I also decided to add my own little spin on them and make a coconut rough ball as well. Using the Bounty Ball recipe for the bottom and maxing another thicker mixture out of cocoa instead of cacao for the top and adding coconut.
Bounty Roll Log Balls Recipe!!
Coconut Rough Ball Recipe!!
You need these in your life, trust me!! Due to the coconut oil, they do not last long out of the fridge and will start to get a little soft, so are best eaten straight away, or if taking to work/school you will need some type of ice block in your lunchbox.
I'm off to enjoy the last day of the holidays with the 7 year old. Apparently watching movies on Netflix with popcorn and fructose free milk shakes is in order.