Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Sugar!

The house is quiet as the boys are at baseball and I'm taking a study break right now. I've been missing writing so I'm indulging. Life has been interesting lately. Some things have been good, some things have been bad, and some things just plain ugly.

First The Ugly.......
Sadly we had to surrender our newest family member Bo (the dog we adopted from Arkansas). He bit the back of a little girl in our home (unprovoked). Thankfully the girl is OK and things didn't turn out more serious. There were marks on her back from Bo's canine teeth and thankfully no blood. We were heart broken as we love Bo but we couldn't have a dog in our home that bites children. While dogs and children together should always be supervised I can't live with a constant fear that my dog may bite a child. I want a home for my children to be able to have friends over and not worry about weather or not our dog is going to bite.  I'm confident the rescue agency will have Bo placed in a home that's most appropriate (one without children).

So that brings us to our search for a puppy and fingers crossed we may have found a good fit for our family. Stay tuned...


Note: Surprisingly I got lots of interesting comments on my FB page about our decision to give up Bo. Some people only are looking at the situation from the side of Bo (that I shouldn't be giving him up) and thought by me sharing my experience I was giving rescue dogs a bad name and hurting the chances of other dogs being rescued. My opinion is people should know the facts about something before making any decisions. My experiences are my experiences and no one elses. I have many friends who have successfully rescued and I know of other people who have had bad experiences. In addition to that I know of many friends who have successfully raised a puppy and others who had bad experiences (FYI stay away from puppy mills).



Next the bad.....
Nothing is really bad just that I'm exhausted between assistant coaching the boys baseball teams, school and training for a marathon relay - and it will be my slowest 6 miles ever! -
I'm trying not to beat myself up about that. It's really hard when in my mind I know what it feels like to run fast (fast for me) and I'm running really slow. The extra weight I have isn't helping and losing weight is taking forever. But I have to remind myself this is for a lifetime. Slow and steady wins the race!



Finally the good.....
I watched a movie with my sons and my husband last night. It's called Fed Up and we watched it on Netflix. My almost 10 yr old and 6 yr old sat through the entire movie and it really struck a cord with my 10 yr old.

The movie focuses on sugar and how our brain reacts to it, insulin increase and how sugar is in everything. One of the key points of the movie is how children are marketed to via advertising or product placement in the grocery store. Sugary food advertising is compared to smoking advertising in the 50's/60's. Regulations on advertising cigarettes eventually phased advertising cigarettes on TV. The argument is being made that if we know cigarettes are bad and therefor aren't allowed to be advertised why are we allowing companies to advertise sugary products to our children? Children are facing diabetes more than ever (it used to be unheard of for a child to get diabetes) which then leads to heart disease and a myriad of complications.

After watching the film we decided to try a challenge and cut out the products with added sugar. I then went into the kitchen and read all the labels. WOW!! There are 4 grams of sugar in a serving of the Kashi crackers I bought. That equals almost 1 tsp of sugar. What I've found is that if we stick to whole foods we don't have to worry about sugar (nothing processed). I'm not sure we will be able to completely cut things out but for dinner tonight I made a black bean and rice casserole with onion, spices, topped with broccoli and cheddar cheese. Served with avocado and salsa (had sugar), and a side of edamame. For dessert I made a giant fruit salad. For the first time in a long while I saw my 10 year old dive into dinner and loved every bite. I think something clicked for him. I hope :-) I highly recommend watching Fed Up!

https://youtu.be/aCUbvOwwfWM 


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