Do Your Kids Have a Sugar Addiction

Breaking a sugar addiction can take a long time and be a tough course of action. Sugar intake not only affects your child's behavior. It also influences her emotions and health. Parents need to realize that a child's body does not process sugar in the same manner as an adult. 

Sugar-Coated Symptoms
Sugar disrupts body chemistry and represses the body's immune system. This leads to infection and degenerative diseases. Symptoms of sugar addiction and its negative health effects take a variety of forms:

  • Lethargy
  • Allergies
  • Excessive sweating
  • Dizziness
  • Depression
  • Gas or bloating
  • Joint pain
  • Headaches
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Overweight
  • High blood pressure
  • Skin problems

Chances are good that if your child is affected by a sugar addiction, other family members will be too. Parents need to assess the amount of sugar they take in every day. Once their own sugar cravings are under control, then parents can concentrate on ending their child's addiction.

Changes in diet offer the best chance to lower sugar intake. Follow these steps, one step at a time, to reduce the amount your child eats.

  • Eat breakfast. Skip the sugary cereal and serve protein instead. Breakfast should be eaten within an hour of waking so blood sugar levels don't drop.
  • Determine how foods affect your child's moods. The correlation between food and emotion is strong for everyone. Don't reward successes with sweet treats. Instead, provide a healthy choice.
  • Adjust meal and snack times. Children under 18 years should eat every three hours to avoid a drop in blood sugar. Balanced meals and high-protein snacks will help your child stay focused.
  • Serve protein for lunch. Good choices include cottage cheese, poultry, lean meat, eggs or nuts.
  • Cut while flour from your child's diet. Serve whole grain foods, such as breads and pastas.
  • Remove sugar from your child's diet.

Parents can help their children control a sugar addiction by advocating healthy food choices. The road to recovery might take awhile and be difficult, but your child's health will improve dramatically.

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