Domestically Dunn

The most important work you and I will ever do will be within the walls of our own homes. -Harold B Lee

Finally Better! November 6, 2009

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So our whole family has fully recovered from the supposed “H1N1”, although we will never be positive it was that since all viruses right now are labeled “Swine Flu”.  It doesn’t really matter to me what it was, just that we are all healthy again!

Like I said in this post, this illness has encouraged me to make a more concerted effort regarding our family’s nutrition.  We have cut out most simple sugars and are eating lots of fruits, veggies, proteins, and whole grains with every meal.  Some of my kids new favorite’s are avocado, green and red bell peppers, onions, squash, zucchini, fresh spinach, lentils, beans, hummus, and I even got Lovebug to love feta cheese!

We have been doing this for a little over a week.  I think the only simple sugar Lovebug has eaten has been one piece of Halloween candy a few different nights.  The most interesting thing about this whole process is that it has not been nearly as difficult for the kids as I imagined.  Lulu loves the veggies and beans, and after Lovebug finally tries them, he likes them too!

It has had a major impact on our family life.  Lovebug is way more even keel, and doesn’t whine nearly as often. He has always been a good boy, but has had some major meltdown moments.  Since we have started this, he has seemed more cooperative and less rowdy.

This was confirmed to me today when we met my mom for lunch in Indy.  We at at Texas Roadhouse, and I let him eat basically whatever he wanted.  He had rolls with cinnamon butter, chicken fingers, fries, and a few pieces of broccoli.  Afterwards we took a stroll in the mall where he began to feel his sugar high.  In the car on the way home he became very argumentative, whiny, and finally had a meltdown.  This was not the same boy I had been with all week.

In fact, I also am feeling so gross.  I had a white roll and grilled chicken salad (complete with dressing that I am sure was filled with sugar) for lunch,  a few sips of a Soy Chai Latte, and a sugar free Vanilla Latte on the way back.  Since we were late getting home, we ordered Barbecue Chicken Pizza: white flour and sugar filled barbecue sauce, balanced  with a salad with vinegar and oil. Needless to say I had a energy filled sugar buzz, and now i just feel… bad.

I guess I can look at it as a kind of experiment.  And I really hope that I don’t decide to conduct the same experiment again!

There is an additional bonus to this new way of life:  I lost 5 lbs in a little over a week!  Finally back to pre-preggo clothes!  Woohoo!


A Legal Addiction October 31, 2009


I’ve realized that I am completely addicted to a drug.  Seriously.  The name of my nemesis:  Sugar.

I LOVE cookies, brownies, gelato, candy, white chocolate mochas, and really anything sweet.  My newest favorite concoction: caramel corn.

Although this flu ravaging our household has been completely miserable, there is one good thing that has come of it.  It has helped me become extremely interested in our overall health, and how the foods we eat affect our bodies.  It is fascinating!

After spending some time reading up on sugar and whole foods, I am learning the most detrimental thing to my health is in fact in almost all packaged food.  If it is not grown or living at one time, it contains added sugar.  And LOTS of it!

One of the most startling facts is that the average American consumes almost 1/3 lb of sugar a day, 20 teaspoons of added sugar. This does not include the natural sugars that is in fruit, milk, and vegetables.  That is around 135 lbs  a year!  Considering a can of pepsi has 10 teaspoons of sugar, this is not hard to fathom! This is up from the 1800’s where the average was 5 lbs a YEAR.  With the increased consumption has also come an increase in virtually every disease you can think of including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, depression, allegies, obesity, and so on.  Coincidence?  Hmmm….

One of the most interesting things I have learned so far is how sugar affects our moods and clarity of thought.  I have always known that a person can have a “sugar high”,  but the book Little Sugar Addicts by Kathleen DesMaisons explains how much we as a society are literally addicted to sugar.   Our children especially become addicted to not only candy, but when almost every meal contains processed sugar (think kids yogurt, cereal, crackers, chips, dips, dressings, ketchup, pasta, bread, juice, peanut butter, chicken nuggets, canned fruit, canned veggies, not to mention the obvious like fruit snacks, ice cream, cookies, and baked goods), they become physically dependent on it.  She proposes that most tantrums, crankiness, moodiness, destructive, and out of control behaviors can be linked to sugar dependancy.  She also says that as a child begins to adopt a sugar free diet of natural, whole foods, the child becomes more focused, less irritable, happier, and ultimately more cooperative.

I’m sure most of us have experienced a blood sugar drop.  The thing I never knew before is that it is not normal!  Only when our diet is high in refined sugars does a drop like that occur.  And what makes me feel better when that happens… you guessed it: sugar!  Thus the cycle begins.

Not only am I excited about slowly cutting out the majority of sugars our family consumes, but also adding wholesome foods to our diet.  I can’t wait to see the results in energy, mood, and overall health.  With the hubs working so much, I feel incredibly responsible to make sure what we eat at home is building up his body, and not depleting him of the focus and energy he needs to be able to provide for our family.  In addition, I am hoping to start my kids on a nutritious lifestyle while they are young.

It is kind of ironic to me that I am learning about this right before the biggest sugar filled day of the year.   But I do subscribe to the philosophy “all things in moderation,”  so yes, my family will be participating. 🙂

Besides, a true lifestyle change does not happen overnight, and definitely does not happen when you feel you are being deprived.

I would love to hear any feedback, ideas, recipes, or information you would like to add!  I will be keeping you all updated on our progress!