How to Tell Your Kids About the Sugar Monster!

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Hello all!

I’ve been working with the 21-Day Sugar Detox for three years now (wow!), and one of the biggest changes that I’ve made during that time has been how I feed my kids. Since they’re growing little humans, I want to give them the best nutrition possible as well as provide lots of opportunities to try new foods so that they become adults who know what it feels like to eat real food that also tastes amazing. This means that I limit the amounts and types of sugars and sweeteners that they eat at home. However, as they get older and experience all sorts of sweets at school, at grandparents’ houses, and with friends, it becomes more and more important to explain why we don’t eat sugar and treats all the time. In other words, I tell them all about the sugar monster and why we need to resist his charms!

I was inspired to write this latest post on the 21-Day Sugar Detox blog when my nine-year-old asked me why sugar is so bad. I mean, what do you say to kids when they ask that? So I thought about it and came up with some tips for all the parents out there who aren’t sure what to say. You can read the excerpt below or the full post here.

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1-21DSDCoach-Im-Certified-GraphicOn a similar note, this is the beginning of a new year which is all about making resolutions, starting fresh, and creating healthier habits (or at least wanting to). With that in mind, I’m offering my first ever LIVE 21-Day Sugar Detox coaching group! If you’ve been on the fence about doing a 21DSD, or you find that you want some extra support and accountability, join my coaching group! I’ll host four sessions that will guide you through the 21DSD and teach you how to kick sugar out of your life, choose the healthiest foods, create lasting habits, and set yourself up for a lifetime of health.

To introduce myself and the program, I’m offering a FREE intro meeting on Saturday, January 23 at 10:00am at Tri-City Disc and Nerve Center in Union City, CA. I’d love to meet you and tell you all about why sugar and processed foods are stealing your health plus full details about the 21-Day Sugar Detox that will begin the following week.

The first coaching meeting will be on Sunday, January 30 at Tri-City Disc and Nerve Center with the detox kicking off on February 1. Keep an eye on my Facebook and/or Instagram pages for more details or you can register here.

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21DSD-Coach-Guest-Post-Square-Reddy-SugarMonsterFrom How to Tell Your Kids About the Sugar Monster:

If you’ve decided to do a 21DSD, then you likely understand the reasons why sugar doesn’t do us any favors. And if you have kids, especially those too young to read the 21DSD books or understand the science behind what sugar does to our bodies, you may struggle with how to explain why sugar isn’t good for us. When you want to go beyond “it’s not good for you,” then what can you say? This is for you!

This advice is targeted for kids, but it really applies to anyone who is new to hearing about the effects of sugar on their bodies. Tell them all about the sugar monster…and how to defeat him!

Be Honest

I’m in favor of telling kids the truth. And the truth about sugar is that it tastes good! We like it! We want to eat it all the time!

The other side of the truth, though, is that it messes up many of our bodies’ functions, and it is good for kids to hear that, too.

It’s likely that kids have heard about sugar highs and crashes, so tell them that this is only part of the problem with sugar. There are many other things that sugar does within our bodies and minds that keep us from being as healthy as we could be.

Read the full text here.

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