Wednesday, 17 October 2007

hiya again just to say that i was invited to a parent partnership workshop on monday. and it was for other mums with autistic children or just with adhd. my son has both of these and is currently on medication to try and control his moods and his behaviour.

the course however, was not of any use for me as it was mainly about children with eating problems. where as my son has a really healthy appetite. but what was the shocker is the amount of sugar that is found in so called heathly drinks damn i was just gob smacked. i deal mainly with the nutrtional side of things at the mo, and i am just learning about the ingredients of certain foods etc.

my son has to be very careful as what he eats and drinks, so when i found out about the following drinks i was gobsmacked, as this is what he has after his taekwondo and basketball classes. but now he has changed to water as he understands what too much suagr can do to the body. we know we need some sugar for stamina and energy, but taking too much too quickly just gives us a good high and a complete depeltion in energy once the levels has fallen. check out the sugar spoons in some drinks.

my son drinks the 330ml lucozake bottles and i found it has upto 16 tspns of sugar, where as the dr.pepper and normal coke has 10. there was quite a few other problems but i wont mention them all, just to say that if your kids have nesquick the whole carton of powder has 42 spoons of sugar, so you weigh it up you need at least 3 or 4 spoons to make a descent milkshake, so you can imagine how much sugar they are drinking. just imagine putting this much in your tea or coffee, you would spit it out right away. but we dont think twice about drinking the bottles of drink, and wonder why we have problems with our sugar levels.

now we know why we are having obesity problems within society, these things are too easy at hand and so its easy to get stuck in a rut and not make fresh food, and drinks for our kids. where as i am at home so i have the privalige to being able to make things fresh.

but when i know im not gonna be here i allways make them either the day before of even on a day off you can make a few meals and keep them in the fridge, and have meals already set up.

i also think that if you plan at least 3 meals in a week, then you are less likely to binge out on fast food as much. ok it will be a struggle but isnt it worth the effort, especailly if you and your family are going to benefit in the long run.

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