Books, my skinny kid, evil Nutella, & blogging under the influence

This lovely Friday night, I’m linking up with Anne for Quick Lit and with Kelly (finally!) for Seven Quick Takes.

I’ve been reading . . .

1. Cassie’s post--what do you think about the idea of sex scarcity as the primary male motivator on a societal level?  Meaning that, if we women give it up too easily, men, by and large, will devolve into oafish man-boys who while away their lives playing video games and viewing porn in their parents’ basements.  (Cassie does not put it so bluntly, but I do.)

2. This article, handed out at a parents’ night at my girls’ school recently.  I read it already some months ago, via Mary, I think.  What a blessing to have a school that shares this wisdom!

I find it fascinating that in the gospels there is not one mention of Jesus coming against immodesty, even though among his followers were prostitutes and the like.  Jesus emphasized cleaning up the inside while the Pharisees were the ones preoccupied with cleaning up the outside.  We must as ourselves: Which are we more like — Jesus or the Pharisees?

. . . .

We have gone [the Pharisees’] way when we judge others.  It is easy to miss this area of pride because we may not express our judgments “arrogantly”; we may instead wrap them in compassionate-sounding words.  Arrogance wrapped in concerned tones is deceiving. . . . We will think we are just making observations and feeling pity, when in fact, we are looking down on others from or lofty place of confident enlightenment.  It is a high view of ourselves that allows us to condescend to and belittle others in our mind.

. . . .

[W]e will also imagine others are judging us.  Consequently, we will find ourselves frequently being defensive.  We assume that others will think lowly of us for some perceived inadequacy, so we offer unsolicited explanations and clarifications for us or our children. . . . If we live under fear of judgment, not only will we tend to be on the defensive, but whenever we are in a public setting where our children might be “watched,” we will put pressure on them.

The middle paragraph–I think I will live my whole life still working on that.

3. Year of No Sugar by Eve Schaub.  This was an interesting read.  It introduced me to this video (“Sugar: The Bitter Truth”) on the dangers of fructose, which was very interesting and enlightening.

4. Skinny Girl 1 (not a book): So I resolved that the whole family would be off sugar for the month of January, birthdays excepted. Pat and I also decided that the whole family would be on the Perfect Health Diet for the month of January, to see if we noticed an improvement in the girls’ health and behavior.

Up until now, Girl 1’s diet consisted primarily of wheat and fruit and carrots–bread product with Nutella for breakfast, bread product with Nutella for lunch, pasta for dinner, with fruit and carrot sticks and Goldfish crackers on the side.  I hoped that taking wheat out of the picture would whet her appetite for more nutritious food.


If Girl 1 doesn’t like what’s offered, she doesn’t eat.  She now eats egg and banana pancakes (with lots of maple syrup), but other than that, her palate has not broadened.

I weighed her on Wednesday and found she had LOST a pound since last May.  She’s now about 50″ tall and weighs only 48 pounds.  I don’t know when the weight loss started, because I haven’t tracked it until now.  Likely she lost weight when she had a stomach bug around Christmas.  She went several days hardly eating and never quite got her appetite back.  Also, a few months ago she decided she didn’t like milk and cheese; that can’t help.

So anyway, the girls are now off the Perfect Health Diet.  I ordered pizza last night and made chocolate cupcakes this afternoon.  And of course that led me to cheat on my diet, too.  But I’ll be better tomorrow.

Eat, little girl, eat!

5. Another thing on my list of things that didn’t work in 2014 was buying Nutella on the reg.  (It was on my Forever Grocery List.)  The girls got very attached to it and me, well . . .

It's been an eat Nutella straight from the jar kind of day

It’s been an eat Nutella straight from the jar kind of day

that kind of day–> every day –> I gained a lot of weight.

I appreciated Elizabeth Esther’s post for the reassurance I wasn’t the only one thwarted by the devil-in-a-jar.

6. I got this book for Girl 1 for Christmas, and she’s off to a good start with it.

I Can Draw People from Usborne books

7. Perhaps I mentioned this already, but I’m reading the Ramona books with the girls.  Sometimes I read aloud, sometimes I play the audiobook read by Stockard Channing.  So much fun.  The chapter in Ramona the Pest where Howie takes Ramona’s old stuffed bunny-turned-cat-toy to Show & Tell–hilarious!  I read it aloud to the girls and laughed so hard I cried.  (I may or may not have had a touch of PMS at the time.)  The girls were fascinated and a little scared.

Happy weekend folks!  I raise my second glass of cheap pinot noir in your honor!  (Or I would, if it weren’t empty already.)


13 thoughts on “Books, my skinny kid, evil Nutella, & blogging under the influence

  1. Ha, your blog is great! I have had issues sorting through the differences between my caloric/metabolic needs and that of my children. When I want them to eat a good, filling meal, my go-to ingredient is high-quality, uncured, nitrate/nitrite-free bacon. They will eat anything with bacon and ask for seconds. Bacon quiche or fettuccine alfredo with bacon and peas are two examples. But of course, I can’t eat all that, so on those nights I *try* to eat a plate full of salad while they start on the rich stuff and then when it’s time for me to serve myself, I am already a little full and much of the food is already gone. It works most of the time :-).

  2. Buying Nutella is a near occasion of sin for me. The worst part is that my husband doesn’t like it, so that entire jar is MINE, my precious.

  3. Mmmm…….I like to eat the nutella on top of crusty french bread with raspberries on top. It has the extra benefit of making me feel fancy and also I’m pretty sure the berries cancel out the chocolate 🙂

  4. Oh, that third paragraph, “We assume that others will think lowly of us for some perceived inadequacy, so we offer unsolicited explanations and clarifications for us or our children.” Guilty, guilty, guilty. Such good stuff, though. That is something I want to keep and re-read!

  5. The Ramona books were my favorite as a kid! I’m not a mom yet but my niece is getting old enough to read them, so I just might have to buy her some for her next birthday! And I may need to re-read “Ramona the Pest” again, because there is no such thing as being too old to enjoy the classic bunny-turned-gopher scene ;).

  6. I wish I could get my pediatrician to read Year of No Sugar. I tried to describe his research to her (even trying to remember his credentials, which seem quite good!), and she said fructose is fine as long as you are eating fruits and vegetables. I was, like, noooo, I am not getting through to you. I probably just sounded faddish. We still don’t buy juice on a regular basis as a result of this book. (Though still eating plenty of other sugar…haha….but the exclusion of juice is one thing that happened after reading.)

    • The lecture by Dr. Lustig is what motivated Schaub to do the year of no sugar. And in that lecture, Dr. Lustig basically gives fresh fruit a pass too. He says that b/c the fruit has fiber and b/c you can only eat so much fresh fruit b/f you get sick of it, you don’t have to worry about the fructose in fruit.

      Or is your ped saying, as long as you are eating fruits and vegetables, it’s okay if your kids are also eating things with added sugar? Cause that doesn’t sound correct.

      On the other hand, it occurred to me that my skinny kid obviously is burning every calorie. So how much harm is fructose doing her? I mean, could she really be forming fat around her organs? She eats fruit and vegetables just fine but I can’t get her to eat protein or fat unless there’s sugar involved.

      • Yes, I think she was basically saying sugar is okay in moderation with fruits and vegetables….I wasn’t explaining his research or Schaub’s book very well. After our visit to her office, I thought- surely, she sees that sugar is in darn near everything. Not just the sweets we eat. I dunno. I will have to read her book again. It was a good shot in the arm at the time. I’m not sure about your question regarding your daughter. I’ve had my fasting blood sugar levels tested, but I don’t know what other test could tell us about fatty organs. Such an interesting topic. I should listen to his YouTube lecture again. Also, I love Nutella. I ate it all the time when I couldn’t find peanut butter while traveling in Europe. It’s a wonder I had any energy at all. LOL!

      • How _do_ the Europeans eat so much Nutella and stay thin? I guess it’s the whole walk-everywhere lifestyle and everything-in-moderation eating style? But how does one eat Nutella in moderation???

        Also–just b/c you mentioned blood sugar I remembered this–my fasting blood sugar levels are always fine. My MD says I will live forever. 🙂 But I don’t feel great, so I know something needs to change.

    • And yeah, excluding juice is a great step, IMHO. Dr. Lustig kept pointing to soda and juice, soda and juice, as examples. I think it’s easiest to over consume sugar through beverages. With sugary food, at least you get full eventually.

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