HOW CAN I GET MY FAMILY TO STOP EATING SO MUCH SUGAR?
When you decide to give up sugar, the next step is to engage in support from your family and friends. There are a few ways to do this…
You could start a 30-day challenge for your family on eating without sugar. Tell them about the benefits and make it an experience to discover the benefits. Don’t expect them to be 100% committed in the very beginning, but if you keep providing them with stories about how people got rid of sugar and amazing things happened, they will start to turn around.
The challenge method is a fun way to approach the change.
The other approach is to simply state it like a command – “this is what our family is doing right now.” So they know they don’t have a choice. This approach is best if your kids are really opinionated and seem to buck everything you try to do. By showing them there’s no room for diversion from your plan, they’ll know you mean business.
There’s another method that may or may not work – changing your family’s diet without telling them. In this strategy, you will go clean out all your cabinets of sugar-containing foods, then clean out your refrigerator and freezer, and add some new foods that are edible yet have no sugar in them.
You may get one of two responses or both from your family with this one…
1. they may be shocked when they can’t recognize any familiar things in the cabinets anymore, or
2. they will be excited to discover new foods.
Your response to them on why you did it will have to be very dramatic. Your doctor said it was a life or death scenario, that kind of excuse. This makes it a situation where there’s no compromise.
Next post you will find out what foods contain hidden sugars.
Beverleigh H Piepers RN
Type 2 Diabetes Health Coach