Now I’m not the sugar police by any means.
I love chocolate. In fact I’m totally addicted to the stuff and need to really curb my chocolate habit in the run up to my wedding next year.
When Jack (the eldest) was born he was fed only organic porridge and rice, everything was gluten free and pure and I planned on keeping him away from junk food and sugar for as long as possible.
I swore that he would never eat McDonalds and all his food would be cooked from scratch. I started off really well but then little treats snuck in and chocolate buttons became a handbag staple to ward off tantrums in the doctors waiting room / supermarket / car journeys. I soon realised the immediate link with sugar and Jack, he would get grumpy and tired in the sugar slump and I rarely let him have sweets or high sugar drinks now.
Today wasn’t about Jack however, it was about the two year old.
Each morning the kids have weetabix or porridge, we have seen them on sugary cereals and they go loopy. My memory slipped and I bought some Kelloggs Crunchy Nut this morning for a nice change…….. One bowl down and Cody, Sam and I headed off to a speech and language appointment in the pissing rain.
By the time we got there we were soaked through. We were shown into a tiny little waiting room and already I felt anxious as Cody hates being confined and immediately searches out the exits.
After 5 minutes Cody had played with the two toys on the floor and started looking for trouble.
With Sam in one hand I had limited ability to divert his attention. The Crunchy Nut were kicking in.
He started to stamp on the toys and kick them across the room. When I asked him to stop he started hitting me. I sat him on my lap and held him tight and he began biting himself hard on the arm nearly drawing blood. He was crazed and didn’t know how to cope with it. The parents sat in the tiny waiting room were looking at me with pity and shock. How could I not control my child?
Luckily for me the speech therapist came to the rescue and called us into the appointment. Once in there Cody calmed down a little. We left and I rang Dan to tell him about Cody’s behaviour.
“It must be the Crunchy Nut” he said. This was the first time his behaviour had moved from terrible two’s to asbo territory.
So, what to buy :
Choose : unflavoured porridge oats (1% sugar), Shredded Wheat (0.7%) or Weetabix (each biscuit just under 1g of sugar)
With almost 5tsp of sugar per small bowl (40%) Kelloggs Ricicles come in as the worst offenders followed by Dorset Cereals Berries and Cherries (branded as healthy and pure) (39.6% sugar). If you see honey or fruit in the title its a bad sign. Special K has 11g (2 1/2 tsp) per small serving, Kelloggs Cornflakes 8g per 100g and Kelloggs Crunchy Nut which were this weeks meltdown trigger contain 13.6g in a small serving of 30 grams.
The test tomorrow morning :
Putting the lowest sugar cornflakes I could find (Sainsburys own brand 7.2g) into the bright yellow Kellogg’s box on the table and see if they even notice the difference. Then it’s back to Weetabix and a more mellow two year old.