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Summer Newsletter 2018


Top Tips to Stop Sugar Cravings in Your Children

Sugar Cubs

The taste for sugar starts with their first taste of sweets and can last a lifetime. With an incredible amount of sugar hiding in almost all packaged foods, sugar dependence has become an epidemic. A child’s first contact with that sweet flavour can be with hidden sugars located in baby foods, innocent looking cereals or attractively packaged fruit juices or fizzy drinks.


If the knowledge of sugar's association with diabetes is not enough, Dr. Robert Lustig, an endocrinologist and professor of paediatrics, at the University of California has labelled sugar as a ‘hepato (liver) toxin’, a substance that gradually poisons the liver over time.


Reference:  One Man Against Sugar


How to reduce the cravings?

1.    Develop healthy food habits at home – Once your child has tasted sugar,  the pattern is established. Which camp are you in as a parent? Sugar, however limited, is part of your child’s daily lifestyle or sugar in all its forms is not found in your home or your child’s daily life except for fruits and vegetables.


2.    Have a family pow-wow and learn about your child’s awareness level. Your child’s knowledge of how sugar affects them may surprise you. Then hatch a plan.

      a. Decide on an achievable goal to reduce sugar dependence in your

          family and get consensus.

      b. Family project:

          - research all the different names for sugar – natural, processed    

            and artificial.

       c. Create a Sugar Record of the family foods, the name of the

           sweetener and get the whole family involved. Get the free app

           mentioned in this newsletter.


3.    Reaction to emotional upsets happen to all of us. Discuss with your family alternatives for reaching for a candy bar or cake when upset.  What works for you, may work for your child. Suggested options: walk off the emotion; breath through it with a parent, eat comfort food: celery with peanut butter or try the chocolate bomb featured below.


4.    Be vigilant of added sugar in its many disguises. If the habit is established, now is the time to educate and change. It is never too early to limit your child’s sugar intake. In fact, you can start right at birth.  


5.    Develop their awareness levels- Encourage children to read the labels on the foods they consume. Teach them to notice the effect of sugary foods on their bodies. All they need to do is understand the correlations. Get the free app mentioned in this newsletter.


6.    Eat healthily-  Eat foods included below:

      a.  rich in fibre and protein, like beans

      b. slow digesting like oats

      c. rich in natural sugar, like apples, carrots, beet

      d. blood sugar level stabilisers, like tomatoes, cinnamon


7.    Don’t cheat yourself! - Practice what you preach. If sugar is a no-no for kids, it is for you too. Be a role model, if you really want them to make healthy choices when they are on their own.











What does sugar do to children’s bodies?

Research indicates that sugar is toxic and addictive, quite like cocaine- enjoyable,  gives a high, but has devastating effects on your body. This is not new information, but is it more comfortable to ignore when trying to keep the children happy rather than healthy? The subject of sugar addition remains a controversial subject.


Reference: Evidence for sugar addiction: Behavioral and neurochemical effects of intermittent, excessive sugar intake



Sugar hampers the absorption of 5 essential vitamins and minerals: Vitamin D & C, Calcium, Magnesium and Chromium. It affects almost all our organs and organ systems, including the digestive, respiratory, endocrine (hormonal), nervous and the immune system, damaging the kidneys, brain and especially the liver. Did you know that it is a contributing factor to Alzheimer’s disease and can even lead to extremely weak bones and muscle strength?



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What causes sugar cravings?

Many factors cause sugar cravings such as the early introduction of sugar to youngsters and when the body demands energy due to your low energy levels .  Also, psychologically, it is the ‘comfort food’ that is often associated with happiness – rewards and celebrations that include chocolates, cakes and cookies. This emotional association that we have with sugar can be a state that you hunger for when unsettled or emotionally low. The mind wants to move from being in an unsettled state and recreate the state of happiness with sugar indulgence. Further, medical conditions like hormonal issues and unstable blood sugar levels can also trigger sugar cravings.



Evidence for sugar addiction: Behavioral and neurochemical effects of intermittent, excessive sugar intake





Chocolate Fat Bombs



2 cups jumbo Medjool dates, pitted

1 cup almond flour

1⁄4 cup chia seeds

1⁄4 cup flaxseed meal

1⁄4 cup cacao powder

1⁄4 cup of almond or coconut milk

1/4 cup of coconut oil (melted)

1/4 cup of coconut creme


Shredded coconut to roll each ball in then refigerate



Place all the ingredients in your food processor and

pulse until the mixture comes together. Transfer the mixture

to a small bowl and create about 12 balls. Roll each  in the shredded coconut and refrigerate until needed.



Please remember, much of the world’s chocolate is sourced from enslaved and exploited workers. Visit Food Empowerment Project to learn about this issue and to access their list of vegan, worker-friendly chocolates.





Keep Your Child's Brain Awake This August - with this Free Resource


At LearningClubs we practise what we know - continuous tuition within a healthy environment of respect, where questions are encouraged, prepares a student not only for life but also for the next school year.  

Download this free learning resources to keep your child's mind awake during this summer. Grade Levels 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th Focus: English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Writing, Reading Strategies 

Wish Upon a Star in Sark

Fulfill a dream to "Wish Upon a Star in Sark" this year, and experience the island that inspired Enya's "Dark Sky Island" album, with a highlight of hundreds of meteors!


Come to Sark 7-15 August to join eminent astronomers Professor Ian Morison and author Robin Scagell during the Perseids Meteor Shower peak!


Hundreds of meteors are anticipated, increasing from approximately 60 to 80 per hour nightly, to 12th August peak when up to 110 to 140 per hour might be visible during the new Moon darkness, weather permitting.


7-15 August, Professor Ian and Robin will be on Sark, giving evening talks on a wide variety of topics, from the search for extraterrestrial life to measuring the distances of the galaxies. At night Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will all be on show, admired through a 12-inch Dobsonian, plus even a solar telescope for day viewing! Expertly guided by Professor Ian and Robin, we can observe a wide range of of star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies, to be determined at the time.


Though the Perseids Meteor shower peak occurs every year, it won't peak during new Moon again until 2026, so don't miss this blockbuster astronomy week!




Ian and Robin are available for informal group discussions during some meals; contact the organizers through the website DarkSkyIsland.net to express interest.


* Prof. Ian Morison is Emeritus Gresham Professor of Astronomy, the oldest chair of astronomy in the world, dating from 1597 and once held by Christopher Wren. Ian's career at Jodrell Bank Radio Observatory involved him in many exciting projects. He lectures widely on astronomy and has written several books about Observing, Astrophotography and Cosmology as well as many articles for Astronomy magazines. He is also a keen amateur observer, and is an expert on taking photographs through amateur telescopes. As Instrument Adviser for the Society for Popular Astronomy, Ian helps members with their choice and use of telescopes.


* Robin Scagell is President of the Society for Popular Astronomy, and is author of several stargazing books. He is a well-travelled lecturer aboard cruise ships, and has appeared many times on BBC News and Sky News covering the latest astronomy stories. In addition to receiving the Sir Arthur Clarke Award for Space Reporting in 2007, Robin even had an asteroid named after him, (24728 Scagell). Unfortunately no pictures of Robin's asteroid are immediately available, and, fortunately, neither the asteroid nor Robin poses any threat to civilisation as we know it.


Camping is the best way to enjoy the meteor shower and perfect for all ages. Indulge the family to an unforgettable event to "Wish Upon A Star in Sark", experience the inspiration for Enya's "Dark Sky Island" album!  But space is limited, so don't wait to book at one of Sark's two campsites.




Travel on Condor to Guernsey, then to Sark on Isle of Sark Shipping.

"Wish Upon a Star in Sark"  is associated with SAstroS (Sark Astronomy Society)  and the Society for Popular Astronomy; advertising for the event is proudly sponsored by RAS Group.