How to convince your child not to eat candy

How do you convince your child not to eat candy? This may be the most effective way ever.

The latter way of expressing it is just as correct, and more concrete and relevant for a child. Brilliant. Perhaps I’ll use it just like that.

What do you think?

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  1. PatrickP
    Stop being such a humorless Brainy Smurf.
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  2. murray
    As candy is poor mouth hygiene, profanity is poor mind hygiene.

    The vulgar impoverishment of profanity-addled thinking is typified by the latter. Eating citrus fruit is acidic as well, yet children are encouraged to eat fruit. A child can see through the hypocrisy of vulgar hyperbole, undermining the credibility of the message on more than one score. The mental incontinence of vulgar hyperbole makes the vulgar feel better (being a simulacrum of holding the more powerful position in a situation), but I disagree it is effective parenting.

    A more credible model of dental caries is covered by Dr. Weston Price and recently with the so-called systemic theory of dental caries, based on the effect of high insulin on the parotid hormone. High serum insulin blocks the re-mineralizing activity of parotid hormone (assuming adequate vitamins K2, D3 and retinol and calcium and other minerals).

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  1. murray
    As candy is poor mouth hygiene, profanity is poor mind hygiene.

    The vulgar impoverishment of profanity-addled thinking is typified by the latter. Eating citrus fruit is acidic as well, yet children are encouraged to eat fruit. A child can see through the hypocrisy of vulgar hyperbole, undermining the credibility of the message on more than one score. The mental incontinence of vulgar hyperbole makes the vulgar feel better (being a simulacrum of holding the more powerful position in a situation), but I disagree it is effective parenting.

    A more credible model of dental caries is covered by Dr. Weston Price and recently with the so-called systemic theory of dental caries, based on the effect of high insulin on the parotid hormone. High serum insulin blocks the re-mineralizing activity of parotid hormone (assuming adequate vitamins K2, D3 and retinol and calcium and other minerals).

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  2. Bill UK
    Go murray!!

    Will make a note of "The mental incontinence of vulgar hyperbole...". Superb.

  3. PatrickP
    Stop being such a humorless Brainy Smurf.
  4. Sabine
    Hahaha, this significant language everyone understands - even children.
    Who wants to have shit in his mouth?
  5. Tomas
    What are you talking about? :-) You are parent and you make money and go shopping. Kids should eat what you bring home and prepare for them.
    BTW, this is pure manipulation. We should inspire our kids instead of manipulating them.
  6. sten
    I don't get it...
    The sweet eating bacteria eat the sugar from sweets or soft drinks and then PEE acid that is etching holes in the enamel so that a dentist need to drill and fill the holes, or the teeth just rot away.
    For the grown ups it is worth to know that no attack takes place over pH 5.5, and there are natural buffering agents available...
  7. murray
    The systemic theory of dental caries and the work of Dr. Weston Price should be of interest to LCHF. In his survey of cultures around the world not yet exposed to Western diet, Dr. Price found strong correlation between dental caries and the introduction of processed sugar and flour into traditional diets. He also found that through diet high in minerals and butter oil made specially from cows grazing on fast-growing grass, he could reverse dental caries in patients. The butter oil, we now know, was especially high in vitamin K2.

    As Dr. Southward explains in the paper linked below, teeth are living tissue. They constantly regenerate. Dr. Southward describes the process as an outward dental flow, regulated by the endocrine function of the parotid gland. The harm from sugary food is not in the acid. Acid is in other foods and sugar is in fruits and yet traditional cultures eating these foods had few dental caries. Rather, the problem is that the insulin spike (after eating processed sugar or flour) blocks the endocrine activity of the parotid gland within minutes of eating such foods. The relatively nutrient deficient Western diet was another major factor. (Dr. Price found much higher amounts of minerals, retinol and what he termed Activator X (vitamin K2) in traditional diets).

    So eating candy is bad not because of bacteria, which is always present in the mouth anyway and much of the bacteria, such as acid-producing yoghurt bacteria strains, are beneficial in the gut. Rather, such foods grind to a halt the continual regeneration of teeth and promotes inflammation that sets off a cascade of problems. Cavities would still be a problem even if kids brushed their teeth the minute after eating candy.

    Since learning of this I found a dentist thoroughly familiar with the work of Dr. Price and successfully reversed a dental cavity that I had developed. The dentist has seen this frequently in his practice, especially with well-nourished children.

    Here is a link to a copy of Southward's paper.

    For a photocopy version posted by the author not behind a paywall:

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  8. Janknitz
    Our children were older when we went to a real food diet, LCHF for me, but not my husband or kids. So there was candy. My kids enjoy candy on occasion, but they are not big candyholics.

    We didn't ever buy candy except for Halloween and birthday parties (and since LCHF, I stopped buying candy for birthday parties). And we never forbade our kids to eat it. When Halloween came, they could have as much candy as they wanted that day (they were never the eat until you get sick kind of kids), and then the remaining candy went into a big glass jar. Every night after dinner they could take a piece. After a week or two they forgot about the candy, and we ended up throwing most of last year's Halloween Haul to make room for the new Halloween candy.

    I wish I'd never had candy around our house, but I think our approach was still good for our kids. Since we didn't forbid candy, it never became a "thing" where they had to have it. Some of their friends came from "candy-free" homes, and they would pig out on my kids' candy when they visited. My kids would look at the candy and say "meh", then help themselves to a piece of fruit or cheese. My kids never asked for candy at fairs or amusement parks, and never spent their own pocket money on candy. It was no big deal to them.

    You have to know your kids, of course. Some kids would not stop eating candy ever until every last one was gone, but my kids are capable of making good decisions for themselves. When they had enough, they stopped eating it. I think that's a good skill for kids to have.

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  9. Galina L.
    I agree, it could be counterproductive to turn into an anty-candies police. Just don't have sweets inside your home 99% of the time , don't have a "omg, I wish I could eat cookies and candies, but I have to torture myself" attitude . I also kept saying to my son things like - "look how many troubles some people have with their teeth - they need brasses, they have to experience drilling of their teeth, while you are spared from it.
  10. Joe
    As someone who has struggled with compulsive overeating all my life I actually find salted snacks like potato chips and crackers far more addictive than sweets. Also fatty foods like cheese are tough for me to stay away from. I am at a good weight now but when i was heavy I would overeat foods like pizza bagels cheese salted snacks or salted nuts much more than candy bars or cookies. Refined sugar sure is tasty but I always found salt and fat more pleasurable. I would never even look at vegetables or fruit but now I can appreciate the natural sweetness of cherries strawberries blueberries or watermelon and like stuff like spinach with olive oil or buttered vegetables. Also I enjoy quality meats like skirt steak or grass fed ribeye. Of course cravings still come for the bad foods but that will probably always be a lifetime battle!
  11. François
    Thanks Murray for this explanation. In all honesty, I was not familiar with this explanation and it makes great sense. It is quite important to note that "Cavities would still be a problem even if kids brushed their teeth the minute after eating candy." and that it is possible to reverse cavities (small ones) with dietary changes.

    Rather than bark up the wrong tree (acid), let us concentrate once again on the true culprit, high insulin levels that interfere with parotid function.

    The tough part will now be to find a way to explain this to kids in a factual and non moralizing way. If I can come up with something interesting, I'll share it here.

    Once again thank you. Dental disease is not taught at all in medical school. This article (thanks for the full reference) is a gem.

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  12. Galina L.
    When my son was very young I just kept telling him "I don't want you to eat sweets and drink soda because you will not grow as tall as you could be on such foods, it is my mom's job to give you good food for growing". I am not sure it was a good explanation from scientific point of view, but it was not confrontational. I also kept my house chips-free on my own behalf . When he got older, my explanations became more detailed, but he was never told that he was forbidden to eat candies, just discouraged.
    Probably, showing the pictures from the "Nutrition and Physical Degeneration" book could work as the anty-sugar propaganda for older children.
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  13. Michael
    I tend to agree with Murray. Whether or not Weston Price got at the whole truth of the matter, he seems at any rate to have managed to reverse tooth decay. Ramiel Nagel's recent book is very enlightening on this.

    I think the cartoon is actually pretty silly. I'm tempted to day it's very "American", too. Isn't there an old Fawlty Towers episode where Basil (no guide to life I know) remarks that Americans are either being fastidiously polite or telling people to "eat their shorts". Richard Scarry or Quentin Tarrantino, one might say. But maybe many nations are like that.

    The cartoon is actually relying on shock-value and is, in a way, asking you to lie to the child. Bacteria don't "shit". That's a word used to refer to human defecation and gets what shock value it has from that. We're taught to avoid our own dung, because of the possibility of infection, and that's impressed on children -- and stays with adults -- through emotional means. But the cartoon is transferring a term which has an emotional charge *out* of the human realm that gives the term that meaning while secretly relying on it keeping something of the emotional charge. There's a kind of double-mindedness going on here.

    But don't we rely on gut-bacteria to keep us healthy? To help digest our food and to produce -- "shit" -- useful nutrients from it?

    Don't lie to children. Don't manipulate them.

    Just say: sugar rots your teeth, perhaps showing them a picture of someone with decayed teeth, and leave it at that.

  14. François
    Interesting, Galina. I wonder though if we should not say instead: "with this, you may grow wider than tall" which, when you think of it, is probably true.

    As for the cartoon, I saw a version in swedish on the Kostdoctorn blog. Which is the original? I don't know. But I'll certainly use neither.

    As Michael said, "sugar rots your teeth, perhaps showing them a picture of someone with decayed teeth, and leave it at that". Direct, no false explanation and absolutely true.

    I'll combine both sentences. Thanks Galina and Michael!

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  15. Galina L.
    In our thinness-obsessed society I would skip all remarks about the danger of getting fat for youngsters, many children are fat nowadays, and the discussing the subject of fatness and food connection may led to your child's remarks addressing other children's chubbiness in the way they may find hurtful. We have to remember that diets are great divider in our society, and we should teach children how to get along with others regardless of what they eat and how they vote. I think that the rotting teeth remark may be not working because it is not always obvious for observations. Some people have no cavities no matter what they eat or poor health. My father didn't have cavities, but died at 51 of heart arrest. He was not fat.
    My son is 21 now, and he thinks it was a privilege to grow-up on a home-cooked food.
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  16. sten
    Numerous scientists have establish that over pH 5.5 no enamel corrosion takes place while at pH 5.0 and below ph 5.0 enamel corrosion proceeds largely in proportion to exposure time to low pH rendered by bacteria feeding on sugary foods, or starch breaking down to glucose by amylase in the mouth .

    Studies I have read reports that some saliva can buffer pH better so that pH drops less or that pH recovers quicker after sugar exposure. One difference noted in saliva with better buffering was a higher concentration of acetates.

    That leads me to the hypothesis that it could well be the replacement of resistant starch, by white flour and sugar that Weston Price noticed that caused the deterioration that he reported.
    What other changes than butter oil Weston Price did when he succeeded to halt caries are tomy knowledge not clearly accounted. Yet it is clear that replacement of fast carbs with fat would improve teeth health, something most of us that has followed LCHF for a while has clearly noticed.

    Resistant starch however produces also high quantities of acetate, which would show up as raised acetate blood levels and this means, I guess, that it also would show up in saliva, although I am not clear on how saliva is generated. How can acetate in saliva and blood be tested ?
    Here link to one study I found now about the subject. I saw a clearer study about the subject matter in full text a few years ago.

  17. Eric Anderson
    When the mainsteam advocates eat the bagle and take more insulin I wonder. Te dea o a pill orijecio to increase circulation of nsulin seems n better. So why not skip the carbs? Eric

    A new strategy for diabetes treatment
    Newly discovered compound slows natural degradation of insulin in the body
    With the discovery of a compound that can slow the degradation of insulin in animals, scientists at Harvard have opened the door to a potential new treatment for diabetes.

    The new approach, described by Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology David Liu and Associate Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology Alan Saghatelian, uses a newly discovered compound to inhibit insulin degrading enzyme (IDE). Inhibiting IDE in mice, they show, elevates insulin levels and promotes insulin signaling in vivo. Eventually, the use of this compound in patients may help maintain higher insulin levels to improve glucose tolerance and therefore to treat diabetes. The discovery of the new compound, and tests demonstrating its efficacy in mice, are outlined in an May 21 paper in Nature.

    "This work validates a new potential target for the treatment of diabetes," Liu said. "What we show is that inhibiting IDE in an animal can improve glucose tolerance under conditions that mimic the intake of a meal if you administer this compound beforehand."

    For decades, researchers said, insulin-based diabetes treatments consisted of three main strategies – inject insulin into diabetics, provide drugs that stimulate insulin secretion, or administer drugs that make the body more sensitive to insulin.

    "What's been missing has been the ability to regulate the degradation of insulin," Saghatelian said. "The technological leap we've made was in identifying a molecule that allows that to happen. This opens up a new avenue to control insulin signaling in vivo."

    To identify the new molecule, Liu, Saghatelian, and their co-workers turned to DNA-templated synthesis, a method for creating new molecules that self-assemble according to an attached DNA sequence.

    The system works by combining DNA "templates" –short segments of DNA – with the chemical building blocks of molecules, each of which is linked to its own complementary piece of DNA. As the DNA segments bind together, the building blocks are brought together and react with one another, forming more complex molecules. The composition of the resulting molecules can be identified by sequencing their associated DNA strands.

    "We took a library of about 14,000 DNA templates, and combined it with several sets of DNA-linked reagents," Liu said. "The resulting synthesis of about 14,000 small molecules was largely driven by, and programmed by, DNA base pairing. At the end of that process, we had 14,000 strands of DNA, each with a unique compound at its end."

    Researchers then took that library of DNA-linked compounds, and incubated it with IDE in the hopes that some might bind to the enzyme.

    "Our hypothesis was that the molecules that were retained by IDE might modulate IDE's activity," Liu said. "In this case, right out of the library, we found quite a potent and selective inhibitor. Perhaps most important, this molecular had a good half-life in animals, so it could be used to answer the 60-year-old question of what happens when you slow down the natural degradation of insulin in the body."

    Identifying a molecule that could inhibit IDE, however, was only the first step.

    Researchers were also able to show that the new compound remained active in the body, and experiments with mice showed that it was able to help regulate blood sugar levels.

    "To validate that this strategy – of slowing the degradation of insulin – is actually therapeutically useful, we have to show that this compound can transiently inhibit the target, and show that it has a benefit in animals," Liu said. "That is what we demonstrate in this study."

    In addition to pointing the way toward a new way to treat diabetes, researchers uncovered new information about how IDE works in the body.

    "In the process of resolving some seemingly paradoxical results, we discovered that IDE is actually somewhat misnamed," he said. "It doesn't just degrade insulin, it degrades at least two other important glucose-regulating peptide hormones – glucagon and amylin."

    While the discovery of the new molecule is exciting, Liu emphasized that it may still be some time before the new compound finds its way onto pharmacy shelves.

    "To develop a drug requires a number of additional tests and developments," he said. "But this work validates IDE as a new target for the treatment of diabetes, and it provides experimental tools that can be used to develop this compound further into potential therapeutic leads."

    "What this paper has done is given a proof of concept that targeting this protein is the way to go," Saghatelian said. "To make the leap from this molecule to a drug, there are other factors that need to be optimized, but we've hung the carrot out there for the pharmaceutical industry and other labs to start looking at IDE as a potential target for treating diabetes, and to push through the remaining obstacles that are there. We've shown it's worth the effort to look into this more deeply, and hopefully what we've done is opened people's eyes to IDE as a valid therapeutic target."


  18. François
    Point well taken Galina.

    Kids can be cruel.

    Coming back to teeth, I now recall some older kids in my practice who had no teeth the first time I saw them. Their teeth were rotten because of generalized cavities. I found out that the mothers of these kids gave them a sweet drink to carry and drink any time they wanted. Their mouth was bathing in sugar all day. And their teeth were gone.

    I'll stick with "this (whatever sweet it is) risks rotting your teeth. Do you really think it is worth it?

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  19. nikos
    Sugar and refined carbs is an addiction.
    I think its very difficult to convince an addicted to a substance person for a change of mind.
    I also think that is impossible to convince if this person is a child...

    Dont try to convince, find other ways...

  20. Henk van Diermen
    Thanks Murray for the article. I am an orthodontist myself and very well known with the with spot lesions caused by lack of oral hygiene and sugar intake.
    This theory wasn't even mentioned during my dentistry training, but this clearly brings things in perspective.

    Thanks again.

  21. Galina L.
    I bet as a doctor you saw things I could never imagine. I live in US now, and I was told there are some regions here with a population plagued widely with a dental decay in Appalachians region because they have a special fondness for drinks like Mountain Due - mothers put it in a sipping cup for their toddlers, teens drink it all the time, and adults carry bottles around. I lived in Russia till the age of 35 and matured before a fast food became available in my native country. When I came to live in US, I was surprised how different children were fed here, they were given special children's food with a lot of coloring and sugar, constant snacks and sugary drinks, children on playgrounds carried with them either sipping cups or zip-locks with crackers, cereals, a snacking mix consisted of nuts, dried fruits and a cereal, normal after-school meal was a peanut butter sandwich with PB and a jam . I think eating too much wrong foods too often besides consuming candies and sweet drinks is the problem. They have starches in their mouths all the time, and I guess snacking on raisins is not better than eating candies and drinking soda or a juice.
    So ,I had to find what to say to my son when he asked me why we didn't have a fun food at home. When his friends was coming to our house, we sometimes had awkward moments due to the lack of normal for them snacks and drinks. In our house I also didn't allow to walk in the street shoes. There were some differences.
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  22. FrankG
    "When I came to live in US, I was surprised how different children were fed here, they were given special children's food with a lot of coloring and sugar, constant snacks and sugary drinks, children on playgrounds carried with them either sipping cups or zip-locks with crackers, cereals, a snacking mix consisted of nuts, dried fruits and a cereal, normal after-school meal was a peanut butter sandwich with PB and a jam"

    I think this is a major issue.. not that simple sugars are bad per se. Certainly we as a species seem able to tolerate sweet things, such as wild honey, a field of seasonal berries, or a birthday cake on occasion. No the issue it seems to me, is bringing children up in an environment where these occasional treats become a daily and almost constant expectation. With the concomitant issues of a "sweet tooth", sugar addiction and riding the Blood Glucose vs. Insulin roller-coaster.

    I think in this context, teeth can be seen as the "canary in the coal mine".

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  23. Galina L.
    Exactly, Frank, eating sugar from time to time is not a big deal for a healthy child. Eating too much sugar is just one piece of a big life-style puzzle. If you are told by the standard pediatrician advice that the proper fed children have to eat all the time, than they would never have a normal appetite, so they would agree to eat only treats which could be eaten even when not hungry , so it led to the creation of the children food which is too sweet most of the time and looks like a toy in a bright package/box, colored like a plastic toy or could be eaten on the go. Sort-of a chicken/egg dilemma. No medical professional would tell a parents to give his/her child too much sugar, but it is what happens when children are given constant snacks and a low-fat food.
  24. murray
    Galina, your observations on kids standing out from their peers with regard to sweets etc. is interesting. Coming from a different culture, in a sense it was easier for your kids. "My mom is from a different culture." With my kids, it has been, "My Dad is weird."

    It is very difficult to manage external influence over kids. For our daughter's first Halloween, she got the usual haul of candies (at three she was adorable, of course, so she got plied with extra handouts at each house). We let her eat a few and then told her to leave them beside the fireplace and the Great Pumpkin would leave a present. So next day she had a dollhouse. She greatly enjoyed this, until later in the day she asked, "If I leave the dollhouse by the fireplace tonight, will the Great Pumpkin give my candy back?"

    We decided to take on the sugar issue head on after that. No more misguided attempts at manipulation.

    Here is an example of how easily influenced kids are. We have never had TV connected in our house. (The TV screen was used just for videos.) So our kids never saw any commercials growing up. Once while I was getting groceries at the supermarket, my daughter (3 again) and I were in line at the checkout, with the usual gossip and fashion magazines in racks going down to the floor, so right within eye level of a three-year old. After I couple of minutes looking around and seeing the magazine covers in the racks, my daughter turned to me and asked, "Am I beautiful?" That's all it takes. Food companies know this.

    Joel Bakan has written an insightful book on this (after noticing influences on his own kids) called Childhood under Siege.

  25. François
    Galina, Frank and Murray, I found your comments insightful. Actually, I think I'll give the gold medal to Frank for his managing to summarize everything into a small sentence: "I think in this context, teeth can be seen as the "canary in the coal mine".

    Which is great. Galina spoke as a mother/parent dealing with kids bombarded with ads promoting "fun food". Murray made available a very interesting article on how high sugar and high starch food increases insulin and destroys the parotid's ability to repair enamel.

    But the canari in the coal mine is really an interesting point. Any kid (or adult) with even only one cavity is clearly eating too much sugar/starch/carb and this cavity should be a severe warning sign something bad is happening elsewhere in the body.

    Interesting, isn't it, that a stupid comic strip (and a wrong one at that) managed to produce so much interesting info?

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  26. Melina
    Quite a knowledgeable discussion out there. I agree with you Francois, its was really nice of Frank to summarize all the discussion.
    Adding to it, I personnaly think that all parents are definitely concerned about their kids having too much sweet but simple brushing twice a day could prevent a lot of such issues.
  27. Galina L.
    Thank you, François.
    I wanted my main point to be the importance of keeping your own house free from a junk food most of the time, not-militant discouraging of snacking on anything as the practice, and remembering that your goal is not the isolation of your child from the outside world, but to prepare him/her to live healthy in the existing environment. I am sure children need more your example than any lengthy explanations why you don't have a pizza night every Friday. My regular explanation why we did't have a fan food from a box was that it was mostly for the people who couldn't cook tasty food themselves. I am a very good cook myself, and we do prefer the taste of what is cooked at home.

    @Melina, no, just brushing teeth is not enough. Don't keep sugary things at home, explain your children it is your job to give them the right food, like their job is doing homework. You don't keep candies and cookies at home all the time out of love for your family.

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  28. FrankG
    Agreed Gallina :-) Certainly an important part of the parenting role is preparing the child to face the world, making their own best decisions... we can't always be there for them making their choices (nor should we be) as they get older.

    Involving my son in cooking has worked out well... he really enjoys cooking for himself and his University friends enjoy his cooking!

    Another practical suggestion is a discussion he and I had when he was a young teen... we were talking about soda and between us agreed that: sure he could have a can of coke on occasion BUT that if he were thirsty he would first drink water... to that end, I still keep two glass carafes of water in the fridge at all times, for myself and for when he visits.

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  29. Martin
    Why turn the world into a place of danger for a child? Sure, I get it. You don't want your kid to eat too much candy, or get addicted to sugar.

    Just do your job. If you don't have it in the house, and teach your kid that sweets are a treat not to be indulged in, they will be fine. What you learn as a kid, you will do for the rest of your life. It's a bit like teaching them not to smoke - they'll thank you later.

    But don't lie. Bacteria don't have a digestive system, and they don't shit in your mouth. If they do, I'll eat a box of chocolates and you'll enjoy the show (pictures will be shared on Twitter)

  30. Galina L.
    I taught my son how to cook too, he doesn't prepare anything beyond basic , but it is a myth that everyday cooking must be something very complicated. He didn't drink soda , stays away from gluten to avoid eczema, and happy to eat couple time a day. It is a good way to save money - buying real foods instead of some junk.
    I was absolutely not prepared he would continue to eat like he did at home after him going to a college in another town. I was sure he would be living life like other college kids on pizza, chips and soda, and for a year he did, but got sick and tired from the cafeteria food and from multiple itching and ugly eczema spots on his body and from catching seasonal flues. It is the reason why I keep telling other people - do the right thing at home because it will influence your children beyond their childhood, don't freak out about things you can't control, like what other people are eating because it is less important.
    "my dad is weird" some day will turn into "my dad does things differently than other people because he knows more". I am sure in your family health issues are treated differently than in many families, it is the case for my family as well. We watch TV, and I commented often that the good indicator that a food or a drink was not good when it was in commercials. We had a game - what could be wrong with the food that manufacturers had to spent a lot of money for the commercials. Only on two occasions with Daisy sour-cream and a Kerrygold butter the answer was - the food was good, but manufacturers had to justify the higher price.
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  31. François
    Love that game! It actually applies to medication as well. And it is very symptomatic of how society is sick... Prilosec: take a pill a day to be able to keep on eating crappy junk food that gives you heartburn: it hides your symptoms so you don't realize how much harm it is giving you. All the new immune system suppressing rhumatoid arthritis medication. Why ask yourself what is causing the problem? (it's usually gluten or grain) Just suppress your immune system and risk tuberculosis and cancer... But take our incredibly expensive pills that risk killing you and don't ask questions... Or Tamiflu for "treatment" of the flu... Roche just released the data after years of arm twisting. It reduces the flu length by a few hours but prevents no complication. it also causes significant neuro-psychological problems, especially in children. All are regularly featured in ads.

    I have a name for your game: "name that crap". It makes for a great way to discuss health issues with kids in a fun way.

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  32. Sophie
    One of my friends NEVER gave candy to her little girl. She said if she gave her a lollipop she would not know what to do with it. When you don't give it to children, they don't want it.

    My mother made all our meals, even baby food, from scratch. We NEVER had fizzy drinks.

    I think this may be a reason why I actually LOVE vegetables. To me they are like candy.

    Your children will eat what you give them. Children don't need sweets/junk food to have a good childhood and be happy.

  33. Sophie

    YES!!! Somehow there seems to be a myth going around that cooking is expensive/complicated. I don't see what's complicated about cutting vegetables/meat and throwing it in a pan. I guess you just have to have access to information. I was actually TAUGHT how to do these things by my grandmother. A lot of people are not close to their elders, and have no way of knowing that cooking is simple. This is sad.

  34. Sophie
    Martin: Bacteria doen't have a digestive system. But they consume sugars and the by product of their digestion is what is referred to here.

    My dad, who is a biologist, used to say the same thing about the smell of sweat: the sweat doesn't smell bad, what smells bad is the by-product of the bacteria digesting the protein in the sweat. He actually too referred to it as "bacteria poop".

    He may be wrong though.

  35. Galina L.
    Discussing all commercials may be a fun life preparing game - like guessing what was the psychology behind that or this advertisement which is always hugely expensive. Why stores accept credit cards (it costs their business money, but people buy 20%more). We are manipulated all the time , it is better to pay attention to that fact of life

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