When this family decided to give up sugar, they knew there would be tears, but not like this.
When Eve Schuab and her husband Stephen decided their family would try giving up sugar for a year they knew it would be tough. They sat their daughters, Greta, 11 and Ilsa, 6 down and explained to them what they’d be doing and why.
Cue hysterical sobbing.
“Immediately, they started bawling,” Eve told Huffington Post. “They knew this meant birthdays and Halloween and play dates and Christmas would all be different. As a mother, the last thing you want to do is make your kids cry! I assumed and hoped there would be lots of positive things that would come from it, but I knew this wasn’t going to be an easy road.”
Still, they stayed firm. Eve had become increasingly concerned about the amount of sugar their family was eating and the alleged side effects of the average amount of sugar consumption in the modern world.
So, what on earth were they going to eat?
One of the first things she did was cut out dessert after dinner. Her younger daughter Ilsa adjusted quickly to their new way of eating quickly however Greta struggled.
"She's the actress of the family. I encouraged her to keep a journal because I knew there would be plenty of times she'd be mad at me and not want to talk to me about it. In the journal, she could get those emotions out. There are excerpts from her journal in the book. I asked her permission first. [Eventually], she loved the project. She said and wrote that it made us unique or special or interesting. I loved watching that transformation into this very aware kid."
Writing for Everyday Health, Eve explains what happened when she did try eating sugar after a while: