We were at a church Advent dinner, and cake was for dessert. Luke had a good-sized piece (chocolate with icing) and as soon as he was finished he wanted more. I said no, of course.
We worked on an ornament project for about 20 minutes, and he was squirmy the whole time (he's squirmy a lot, so this wasn't necessarily out of the ordinary). At 7:30, we left for home.
In the car, he was a total monster. He & Sophie fought and by the time we got home, Luke was in a rage & had a total meltdown. He went to his room and screamed and pitched a fit for about 10 minutes before we went in and talked to him and he got calmed down.
I knew as soon as he asked for a second piece of cake that he probably has the same issue I do with sugar. The sugar rage afterwards just confirmed it.
I talked with him about it the next day. I asked if he liked how he felt the night before, and he said no. I said the cake was why it happened. We talked about how he reacts to other junk food & sugar he eats, and he understood what I meant when I said his behavior changes after he eats sugar.
Luke is a very intelligent 7 year old. We talk about everything--including his ADHD, which he's taking medication for. He asks questions and we give him truthful answers. He knows I don't eat sugar anymore and why I don't eat sugar.
So this week we've limited the junk he eats. It is helping his moods at night tremendously.
Enteman's Little Bites (which is basically cake) and chocolate granola bars are what he often snacks on when he wants a treat. He's not eating cookies or ice cream or candy every night.He ate a Z bar the other night (Cliff bars make these for kids--organic, lower sugar than candy, but still has around 14 grams of sugar), and within about 10 minutes he went from normal kid to -bouncing off the walls couldn't control his body- kid. So Z bars (alone, without a source of protein) are now out.
He is getting peanuts for snacks now, and when he asks for something sugary I say no, you can have peanuts or a PB sandwich. He's been ok with it so far.
He is very limited in what he can eat as far as fruits & veggies because of his oral allergy syndrome. His mouth itches when he eats most fruits--apples, bananas, pitted fruits like peaches, melons--and veggies--celery and carrots. Basically he will eat strawberries, grapes, and broccoli and that's it.
We also have to watch his milk intake. He LOVES milk. But more than one cup of milk at night and he has the same reaction as he does to cake--bounces off the walls and can't control his body. I started limiting milk several weeks ago.
It's interesting that Sophie does not have this issue. She's self-monitoring when it comes to sugar, and doesn't even like a lot of sugary foods (for example, she skipped the cake on Sunday night).
He's a lucky kid, I think, that I am aware of this issue NOW while he's young and we can direct him to healthier choice for his brain and his body.
As far as fruits and veggies go, he will either grow out of his allergy or we will have to start allergy shots when he's older. We had him tested by an allergist the first part of this year; she told us the mouth itching thing is fairly common in kids that have tree allergies. He's highly allergic to every single tree and grass they tested him for. Spring time is brutal for him.
Hopefully he won't develop a peanut allergy! I will have to find other alternatives for him, too.
Hope you all have a great weekend. 8 mile long run on the training calendar. Not sure when that's going to fit in, but it WILL get done. I'll report back next week.