Remember how my kids swore off sucrose after seeing That Sugar Film last week?
Well, geez it’s a pain. Though I couldn’t help giggling when my ex sent me a message on Saturday saying he wasn’t thanking the youngest’s skipping instructor for showing it to her.
She was insistent that he accommodate her new diet immediately upon her arrival, whereas the eldest was happy to take a “I’ll start it when I get back to mum’s place” approach.
Surprisingly, going sugar free turns out to be both expensive and labour intensive.
The youngest and I spent $160 at Woolies on Tuesday, setting ourselves up (OK, she might have scammed me for some eraseable pens as well).
Then I trekked home with it all, unpacked it, laboriously cooked dinner, and embarked on a sugar-free muffin baking experiment. I used honey, butter, eggs, milk, wholemeal flour and grated apple. The eldest pronounced them delicious, the youngest turned her nose up because she didn’t like the texture of the grated apple.
Feeding a fussy sugar-free child is going to be sooooo much fun.
Yesterday morning was an epic food-assembling exercise. First the kids: tubs of tzaziki and vegetable crudites for morning tea, sliced fruit and chicken salad for lunch. Then me: yoghurt and nuts for breakfast, packing a serve of leftover Mexican baked eggs and brown rice for lunch, distilling a 1/4 of a cup of grape juice into a water bottle (I hate the taste of water), mixing my eco-cup of iced coffee with stevia and lactose-free milk for the train; then the dogs: lamb mince and dry dog food for brekkie …
I swear, I was exhausted before I even left the house.
As I was having dinner with DD’s boss at Aqua Dining in North Sydney last night – now there’s a view that pulls out all the stops for someone who’s never visited Sydney before – I got another hilarious text from my ex, who’d just discovered the youngest was not only sugar free but also taking part in Steptember, which involves her having to walk 10,000 steps a day to raise money for celebral palsy.
His verdict: “First sugar! Now exercise! Fuck all this wellbeing shit.”
Song of the day: INXS “Just keep walking”