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Five Ways to Offset the Sugar Overload

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So, of course, last week was Halloween and we let our child partake in the trick-or-treating and the festivities. So not only did we get a house full of candy from her two costumed gathering excursions, and have the leftovers from our own house—but we also hosted a baby shower on Saturday.

And even though Halloween is over, we are only just entering the sugar overload season. Thanksgiving and Christmas and all the parties and gatherings and activities are full of high sugar sweets and high carb foods.

Now if you know me personally, you know that we are not the kind of “healthy” people who give out pencils at Halloween and have children that can’t identify a Reeses. We let our children learn moderation, as we hopefully show by example and let them enjoy the same festivities and special treats that we do.

All that to say, the REALITY is that SUGAR EFFECTS US. I plan to write more extensively on this topic, but you can read many resources to prove that “Consuming too much sugar suppresses immune system cells responsible for attacking bacteria. Even consuming just 75 to 100 grams of a sugar solution (about the same as in two 12-ounce sodas) reduces the ability of white blood cells to overpower and destroy bacteria.” (WebMD)  Quotes aside, I clearly see the effects of sugar in my daughter’s behavior and her health. So what do we do?

Here are five ideas to help offset the sugar overload in your children (or you)

1.  Planning and Moderation: Consider all the opportunities over the week where sugar will be consumed. Plan and set expectations beforehand so everyone is prepared. Limit the sugar and look at the whole picture of the week or weekend.

2. Protein Balance: Before they have all the sugar—make sure to give them healthy proteins so help combat the effects of the sugar. Protein shakes, eggs, meats, and nuts are great ways.

3. Vegetable Balance: Don’t forget to give your children the nutrients they need to keep their bodies healthy. Their bodies have the power to fight illness but need the fuel to do so. Giving them plenty of vegetables will help keep them healthy so they can have a few treats over the holidays.

4. Probiotics: Sugar feeds the bad bacteria in your gut. And since 80% of your immune system is in your gut and 40% of your brain receptors are in your gut—it’s health is quite important and that’s why these sugar clearly effect behavior and health. You can help heal the gut and revive the good bacteria with a quality probiotic.

5. The Vitamin Milkshake: We like to make the Vitamin Milkshake for our kids which includes: almond milk, peanut butter, banana, frozen spinach, protein, Vitamin D, Nutriferon (half), and alfalfa. Paired with the above it helps boost their immunity when the sugar brings it down.

What else do you do to offset the sugar overload?

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2 thoughts on “Five Ways to Offset the Sugar Overload

  1. Right on, Harper! I am SO glad we had Shaklee shakes to give the kids before we went out on Halloween! I felt so much better knowing the kids had at least some nutrition in them before the junk. We moderated the sweets, but even so, with the candy, the cold rain, and the late night, my dear daughter came down with a cold within 24 hours. Again, very, very glad we had Shaklee in the house. In our house, we have a policy that if anyone is sick, no one eats anything with sugar, as it cuts our immune system (“the good soldiers”). Plus, we all got on a heightened regimen of supplements and home care, and she was fine and fever free another 24 hours later. (We took a multi [ Incredivites for kids, Vita Lea for adults], extra Vitamin C, Nutriferon, Immunity Formula I, and probiotics. I wish I had Garlic on hand, but I will by next month!)

    I’m often shocked and surprised at how often and long other kids / people get sick. It doesn’t have to be that way! My son has only had one ear infection in 6 years. Each of my children has only been on antibiotics twice in their lives, and it was always when we thought we would “save money” and not buy Shaklee for a while. Taking a few Shaklee supplements is so much better than having to go to the doctor and get a prescription. I would prefer to spend my money and time staying healthy, than in the doctor’s office and pharmacy!

    Sugar affects my mood SO much, that I also take an Indian Herb called Gymnema Sylvestre to help me if I know I’ll have sugar (birthdays, holidays, etc.). I look for capsules that have a standardized amount; most health food stores carry a couple of brands that are good.

    Thanks for posting!

    Alta Johnson

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