But back to the boys, they were much better at it than me.... See, Mister 6 is an absolute stickler for the rules, so once I told them the rules, he was going to abide by them to the letter. He even pulled me up one morning for putting a (very small) sprinkle of sugar on his Weet Bix! I had to convince him that that was okay! So on the whole they were good. and behaviourally, which was what I was really interested in, they were good too. Only a week off the stuff so there was never going to be a massive difference, but it was a definite start. The point was really that there was an improvement so I can now go forth confidently knowing that sugar actually makes kids evil as well as being evil... And I think having that week hiatus period has made them more aware of what they eat which is fantastic. There were lots of questions: "mummy, does this have sugar in it?" They were quite taken aback at what did and didn't contain the sweet stuff. And it was a learning curve for me too in that they, for instance, didn't think Nutri Grain, Icecream or jam had sugar in it.
So onward we proceed with our new way of eating. Dessert is now a special occassion - unless it's yoghurt (for now the yoghurt is the supermarket variety that is full of sugar, but we'll get there slowly) or fruit. Lollies are a special treat not for everyday consumption.
From the overload of information I've had over the past few days, I see that our diet is far from perfect according to certain ways of thinking, but I'm not sure I can do all that just yet. I understand Sarah Wilson's school of thought on eliminating fruit from your diet because it's full of fructose which is the "bad" type of sugar, but thats' all a bit far from my world and capabilities right now. The diet soft drinks are the first thing I have to eliminate. I now know all they do is send hoax messages to your brain that you've had something sweet and cause your body to crave sweets and food to supply your brain with the sugar it can't find!
As overwhelming as it's been, it's something that has my attention and I do intend to work on, so if anyone's got any more good tips to share feel free!!!! I'm completely at sea without my sweet buddy.