Because I totally do. I hold my hands up in the air and bow my head in shame.
I am a chocoholic and I have an insatiable sweet tooth.
And I fear I am passing my affliction on to my children.
Recently I gave up refined sugar (no choc, no sweets, no cake, no biscuits – I was such fun to live with!) for Lent and boy was it an eyeopener.
I felt lethargic, I felt heavy headed. I totally did not feel myself.
But after a couple of weeks I started to feel great. Energetic, less moody, less fuzzy headed.
At the end of the 40-day trial, I ate a KitKat. After being off the crap for 3 weeks I felt like a chocolate monster had broken into my house, grabbed me by the hair and spun me around for a couple of minutes, then forced cotton wool into any available space in my head and proceeded to jump up and down on it for an hour.
If chocolate and ‘sweet’ stuff makes me feel that bad, I absolutely don’t want that for my children.
We have a Friday is treat day in this house and they’re pretty good about it on the whole but they are force fed rubbish whenever they visit grandma/nana/someone has a birthday at school/nursery.
They do eat really healthily. They actually request veggies for dinner and will snack on fruit and drink water.
But they do eat some rubbish too.
So, with all this in mind, I have made a bargain with Dan: If he gives up all treats for a week – 7 days – I will give him £1.
(It will actually be 2 weeks as Friday is treat day so he’ll miss this one and have to wait for the next one, but sshhh don’t tell).
His face lit up like I’d told him Santa is moving in to the house next door and we shook on it (he’s going through a money phase at the moment. If he asks to count the jar of coppers that props open the door one more time . . .)
Anyway, the point is I feel I’m going about this entirely the wrong way and I’m looking for pointers. What do you do to limit the crap?