Sitting with my family in the mall food court on a Sunday night eating dinner I knew I had hit rock bottom.
It had been one of those loooong painful Sundays when the kids were cranky and were “bored” despite my best efforts to shuttle them around all weekend to activities while my husband had to work. I hadn’t had time to get to the grocery store in a week and other then grabbing milk at Target, I hadn’t cooked since Thursday. I was just too tired after work on Friday and I think we ended up at Qdoba. So I did what any good mom would do and bought the kids candy at the mall candy store after dinner for desert!
We’ve all been here. So what does a nutritionist mom do to turn things around (after eating gummies and candy sticks with the kids)? I take a deep breath and find my way back to the middle.
First I make a grocery list with all the ingredients for my “go-to” meals, my reset button if you will. These include...
There is a lot of hype surrounding sugar, sugar intake, and how much sugar we should or shouldn't eat. Sugar certainly is everywhere, hidden in salad dressings, peanut butter, and ketchup to name a few. As a carbohydrate it can be part of our diet but where it gets tricky is avoiding too much of it. So here is the deal.
Sugar is a carbohydrate and our bodies need 50-60% of our daily calories from carbohydrates to provide energy and proper brain functioning, kids and adults alike. There are two main types of carbohydrates, simple and complex. Sugar is a simple carbohydrate meaning if is made up of small chains of carbohydrates that are digested and absorbed quickly. Complex carbohydrates on the other hand take longer to digest and are absorbed slowly and often times also contain fiber, which also have health benefits.
The more quickly a carbohydrate is absorbed the faster it can increase blood sugar levels. Ideally we wan...