Easter is by far my most favorite time of the year. However there is one pesky little thing I could do without, sugar! During Lent we hold off on the sweets. We manage to go without the candy, cupcakes, cookies, etc. for 40 days (with the exception of a b-day party or two), 40 DAYS! And then in a single day we more than make up for all 40 days’ worth of sugar. And then it hits the system, HARD!
Mom down! Seriously, Easter morning my stomach was aching from the sweets I had consumed the evening before (We hosted Easter at our house on Saturday, loved it! Can’t wait till next year!). All I ate was two sugar cookies and I was a mess. And the worst part was since I had a taste of the sweet stuff after all these days I want more, I started craving sweets. That sweet goodness, why must it taste so good, WHY!? (As I stand here typing this I am literally nibbling on coffee cake, and no, not the cake part, the amazing clumps of sugar, butter, and cinnamon on top. I can’t get enough). It is seriously like an addiction. And like all addiction they hit people in different ways. I am obviously a “can’t hold her sugar” type of gal were our youngest daughter is quite the opposite.
The more sugar she consumed the more rambunctious she became (pic above shows her on her 2nd Shirley Temple…it got to a point were I double-checked that it was indeed Shirley Temple) I was literally looking forward to the sugar crash but it NEVER happened! She just kept going like the energizer bunny. She is clearly more of the “party animal”. After 2 Shirley Temples, jelly beans, and chocolate she managed to get a fan stuck in her hair but yet had no time to get it untangled.
Next year I don’t know if I should have them build up their tolerance or say no to candy all together. Adults are bad at not indulging on Easter why should we expect the children to be any better? And don’t get me started on the dyes they put in all that candy. They will be pooping the rainbow for the next 3 days!
So what kind of relationship do you have with sugar? How do you limit your family’s sugar intake? Do you make exception for holidays? Please share.