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Sugar addict

I have been having some issues with my daughter wanting candy, ice cream, donuts…etc.  I try very hard to limit it, but she found the Halloween candy I had hidden, and she was eating a bag of pretzels, she set the bad down and I looked in it to see of it was empty as I was going to throw it ouot and noticed among the pretzels I seen three pieces of candy she had snuck.  She said the candy makes her feel better, but I’m not sure what the obsession is, and why she wants to have it so much.  I don’t completely keep it from her, but I do limit her and we do have alot of healthy snacks in the house, but it’s just not what she wants and I was wondering if anyone else has this issue and how you deal with it?  Do you think it’s okay to use candy as a reward for good behavior?


sugar and add/adhd is a big no no, would I give sugar treats for a reward? yup sure would, all kids deserve a treat everyday but not a bundle of it, it’s toxic to everyone.

Posted by BexIssues on Nov 20, 2013 at 8:23pm

My son has the same issue, sometimes.  He doesn’t always go for the candy, unlike a lot of kids, and his Halloween candy always ends up being thrown out because nobody eats it.

HOWEVER, he does crave sugar at other times, and it can be a big problem because I know how bad sugar is for ADHD and I’m a vegetarian/health nut, so I am always pushing the healthy snacks.

I don’t totally prohibit treats, because I always felt that he would want it even more that way, but I’ve learned that I have to really monitor when he has access to “garbage,” otherwise he’ll eat it at the wrong times and pay the price.

For instance, I may let him choose a couple of times over the weekend when he wants a treat, but I won’t give him that same choice during the school week or at a time when I need him to focus more.  I have to manage it otherwise he’ll choose to sneak the sugary treats at the least appropriate times. 

I wonder if mediation schedule or time of day has anything to do with the cravings, because he doesn’t always crave the stuff.  Have you been able to detect a pattern at all with your daughter?

I think it can be used as an occasional reward, under tight controls, but I am going to keep working on getting my son to seek out a healthier alternatives on his own. Sometimes even chugging a bunch of water will keep some cravings at bay, or eating/drinking something healthy with a sweet taste will also help.  It’s a slow process though.  Good luck to you!

Posted by JAMurphy on Nov 20, 2013 at 8:52pm

Candy, well chocolate, makes me feel better too! grin

ADDconnect Moderator & Mom to Tween Boy with ADHD and LDs

Posted by adhdmomma on Nov 21, 2013 at 7:20pm

Penny, you are right…we all have our sugary addictions, don’t we?!  smile


Posted by klsmidwestmom on Nov 21, 2013 at 10:24pm

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