Our First Major Obstacle

by Jennifer Boudreau on January 15, 2015

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first major obstacleAfter a courageous battle with lung cancer, my great aunt passed away last week. This meant we were going back to my hometown and spending a few days at my parents house. Uh oh…. Grandma and Grandpa’s house is where I have always let my food rules slide.

Grandma and Grandpa’s was DEFINITELY our first major obstacle!

We walked in the door and our oldest son immediately wanted a Chocolate Chip Brownie Larabar. Normally, this would be no big deal.

our first major obstacle

Unfortunately though, this flavor just has to have added sugar. Ugh. I felt horrible because he was so upset. I was floored because he’s been doing so good with this no sugar thing. No fits. No tantrums. Until now.

This day, it all came to a head. He was flat out angry with me.

After about thirty minutes of him glaring at me, I convinced him to eat one of the homemade Larabars that I brought. He was finally appeased and it was over.

Fast forward to breakfast the next morning. Two of our kiddos wanted Cocoa Pebbles for breakfast….one of the “Grandma and Grandpa’s house” traditions.

Of course, I had to say no. As you can imagine, this did NOT go over well.

Then, to add insult to injury, the kids were snow plowing with my husband. Typically, when the kids play outside in the snow, the tradition is to come in and drink some hot chocolate.

our first major obstacle

Uh oh.

After all of these episodes, I was starting to feel some serious guilt and wonder if this whole thing is worth it. After all, is it really a big deal if they have some treats at Grandma and Grandpa’s?

Through all this I stood firm because I’m committed to this whole #60DaysNoSugar thing. I believe in my reasons for doing this and I wasn’t going to waiver….although trust me when I say I was very tempted.

I did decide to be flexible though. When I started this thing, I told myself I would always listen to what our kids have to say. I wouldn’t be “dictator-ish” about it. Although I’m firm in my decision, I still want our kids to somewhat enjoy this and know that we’re in this together.

So, I went to the grocery store and found some “fun” foods to help ease the pain a bit. Who knew that Cheez-Its don’t have added sugar? Next time I’ll be more prepared for Grandma and Grandpa’s and will find something a little better than Cheez-Its, but for this time around, they worked.

For the hot chocolate, my husband found a work around. He has a super soft heart, so he ran to the grocery store in search of some ingredients to create a no added sugar version of hot chocolate. It was a success. Recipe to follow once he’s done tweaking it.

So, this was our first true challenge, but all of us survived and were pretty much unscathed. Now we’re back home and everything is back to normal, and we now have a few extra tricks we can resort to. No we won’t be keeping Cheez-It’s in the house (the point of this whole thing is for our kids to start eating more whole foods, not junk food), but I think we did a pretty good job under the circumstances.

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