Like the Switch Witch? Thoughtful Reduction for the Rest of Sugar Season
Food as Reward / Junk Food / School / Sugar

Like the Switch Witch? Thoughtful Reduction for the Rest of Sugar Season

My appreciation for the Halloween Sweet Swap grows with each passing year. It was wonderful to wake up the day after Halloween without a family sugar hangover and kids who were excited to find out what the tooth fairy had left in place of the candy. It’s a bit like Christmas morning without the exhaustion of spending … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Let’s Get the Soda Facts Straight
Soda / Sugar

Letter to the Editor: Let’s Get the Soda Facts Straight

Here’s my letter to the editor of the Lexington Herald Leader: When I read the April 7th letter from the Kentucky Beverage Association representative titled “Don’t blame soft drinks for obesity” I knew I had to respond.  Kentucky has the third highest rate of childhood obesity and education about soda’s role in this epidemic is necessary to … Continue reading

Easter Candy: Damned If You Do and Damned If You Don’t?
Food Environment / Sugar

Easter Candy: Damned If You Do and Damned If You Don’t?

With Easter coming up, this research about candy and restriction highlights the precarious dilemma parents face on a regular basis. (Hat tip to Natalia Stasenko at Tribeca Nutrition for bringing this study to my attention). Two naturalistic experiments are reported exploring the impact of parental restriction on children’s diets. For study 1, 53 parents gave 75 g of chocolate coins … Continue reading

Cupcakes, Math and Sugar Limits
Advocacy / Sugar

Cupcakes, Math and Sugar Limits

Since I’ve  previously posted about cupcakes and reading, today I’ll give equal time to math.  It’s only fair since it was my oldest’s Sweet Tarts and M&Ms math worksheets in kindergarten that triggered my food advocacy mission.  Having dealt with this issue for many years, I could hear the refrain “but it’s just one treat” as I wrote about the school … Continue reading