Eat More Fruit — Same Theme As My “I Am Diabetic — I Eat Fruit — You Should Too”

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Tremendous detail and the same theme as my recent article.

These are my highlights from How Much Sugar Can We Eat:

How about the family, when they don’t all follow “Dad’s advice”.

People sometimes burden their decisions with all of the surrounding complications, and “what ifs”. You might be thinking about this in relation to the big change you face in giving up added sugar.

In this case, something like this:

  1. I now buy this “no-added-sugar” argument.
  2. I really believe that I should be doing something about it — to be healthier.
  3. I want my family to come along on the ride as well — it is a much healthier life for me and for them.
  4. How do I get them to change, what if they don’t like the change?
  5. Oh, this is very complicated. I’m not sure how I can really get it to work.

Get it to work for yourself. Don’t take on other people’s jobs.

The article points out the huge sugar load in tomato sauce, which my 10-year-old daughter pours on many things.

She knows that it is “just liquid sugar” and “limit it, no not that much” but she doesn’t take too much notice. I stopped saying those things a long time ago, she knows them off by heart. No sense saying stuff that will make her meal unpleasant.

I don’t use it. By hey, I use HP Sauce. Everything has some added sugar — protein powders have plenty.

She eats too many lollies. I don’t eat them, except if she teases me too.

I don’t drink Coke or any of those sugar-laden beverages. I ask her not too, but she does (you can guess where she sees all this stuff lined up and thrust at her when she is out with her friends and they have a “hamburger”). “Dad, I drank Zero-Coke” — “Great, good girl”.

Just last night she finished Karate and we went across the road to the pizza shop. She wanted a pizza to celebrate recent Karate medals, and she took home a small pizza.

Her mother had already eaten and I cooked my own dinner and she had the pizza. While in the shop the owner was impressed with her Karate wins and said “grab yourself a free drink” — and she grabbed a standard coke. She looked at me, I said: “enjoy”.

I make a point of avoiding added sugar, but it's not my job to make her live that way. It’s my job to set an example.

Get on and do your best to avoid added sugar, eat more fruit, and enjoy the real taste of food.

Offer helpful advice to your kids when it's appropriate.

Remove things that tempt them and that you feel strongly about. (I throw accumulated sweets and cookies out when I decide that they have become too much the go-to-choice for my daughter. That way she has to ask her mom to buy them again and that places the responsibility back on her.)

Then just eat the way you want them to eat. Leave them alone.

Good luck.

I’m Walter Adamson. I write about life, health, exercise, life and cognitive fitness to help men and women over 50 live longer better. Get my free, weekly newsletter here. (Relevant to this article — I have a Professional Diploma in Sports Nutrition and a degree in Mathematical Statistics).

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