how often do normal people eat puddings and treats ...

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meal wise as a family we are super healthy, ds loves fruit and veg its actually a struggle to get him to eat anything else to fill him up , Dp probably wouldn't see a vitamin unless I cooked but I love to cook so we are always trying new foods and meals and gets most of our meal ideas from the healthy section of bbc good food website . our portion control needs some work but all in all lots of nutrients enriched foods .

HOWEVER Dp and I love a sweet treat and we are uncontrollable when it comes to choc and cake . if dp pops to the shop he always gets choc or sweets ..ds is very good and would usually choose a bowl of fruit over choc or cake but we do tend to over indulge as a whole .. what is the normal limit on sweats treats and cakes,

how often do normal people eat them ?

MrsBennetsEldest Mon 10-Feb-14 20:23:31

What do you mean by normal?

TwittyMcTwitterson Mon 10-Feb-14 20:27:00

I'm by no means normal but I eat treats at least once a day. Today I've had two bags of sweets, half a litre of icecream ad four Rice Krispie chocolate square things. today was a bad day

Generally my rule is 'you're ok if you have more good days than bad days'

I'm constantly on a diet which I never succeed at but I'm not fat or thin and DP goes to the gym 6 days a week.

Like I say, more good days than bad.

MinesAPintOfTea Mon 10-Feb-14 20:29:48

I have treats most days, biscuits in my tea etc. Apart from fruit/yoghurt we have pudding with the Sunday lunch or for rare meals out.

I try to bake my own to slow down the grazing and make it slightly healthier.

sebsmummy1 Mon 10-Feb-14 20:33:15

I don't have any treats, my partner has lots and my son has fruit (but he is only 15 months so I'm sure that will change).

The only way I can keep my weight normal is to avoid treats.

Ragwort Mon 10-Feb-14 20:34:32

What's normal?

I have a treat most days, but I am overweight grin.

My father has treats at every meal (and between meals) but is not overweight, super healthy and still plays tennis twice a week in his 80s grin.

Amrapaali Mon 10-Feb-14 20:35:07


NeverKnowinglyUnderstood Mon 10-Feb-14 20:36:13

we dont have pudding very often.
I have a snack cupboard and the boys have something from there when we come home from school.
crisps chocolate sweeties
and something from the fruit bowl

I have stopped snacking in order to lose weight.

we have doughnuts or other stuff like it once every couple of weeks (one each)
an exciting pudding in our house would be tinnned fruit with a scoop of vanilla icecream

Mamabear12 Mon 10-Feb-14 20:45:40

I think treats on weekends are best. Too much sugar is not good for the health. I do not always follow this...but think it is a good idea to limit the sweets. When I was in Uni I had treats every day several times a day! BAD Lol. I felt much better after I reduce it to a few times a week instead of a few times a day. But each to their own. I do know that if I have something in front of my daughter she will want it. I do not drink soda in front of her bc I think soda is def something not good for kids! I rarely drink it though.... Thank goodness she doesnt want to drink my coffee :-) I let her smell it and she didnt like the smell.

teacher123 Mon 10-Feb-14 20:52:45

DS is nearly two and probably has one small plain biscuit a day (mini itch tea sort of size) and a couple of chocolate buttons, or a mini flapjack. If I have a bag of crisps, he'll steal a couple. I have a mega sweet tooth and am trying not to pass that on to him!

kaumana Mon 10-Feb-14 20:53:43

I don't snack because I just don't get hungry between meals. We don't do puddings /desserts apart from on a Sunday or if I'm out for a meal and there is banoffee pie or sticky toffee pudding on the menu grin.

I don't look at crisps/cake/sweets etc as treat, just rubbish food. That said, while in the pub watching the rugby on Saturday. I enjoyed a plate of nachos smothered in cheese, sour cream etc That was a treat and kept my mind off the game Scot vs Eng. We were pants..

dyslexicdespot Mon 10-Feb-14 20:54:35

It is traditional in the country I am from for children to be given candy once a week. We only ever ate crisps and drank fizzy drinks at birthday parties. Now as an adult I eat chocolate about once a month and eat dessert a few times a month. Refined sugar is so addictive I think it best to avoid it!

Dilidali Mon 10-Feb-14 20:56:27

We don't have pudding after dinner.

On Saturdays I bake a cake/biscuits/pastry stuff. Sometimes we'll have a bit of what I just baked, but it is mainly for Sunday afternoon coffee gatherings. We go for a walk and then demolish sweets.

I tend to try and make enough for a few lunch boxes for the following week.

But grin
I have a secret stash at work though, chocolate or wafers for my afternoon coffee. I make a cup of coffee in a proper cup, with saucer and everything and next to it I have one little treat. Keeps me sane and everybody else safe.

MummyLuce Mon 10-Feb-14 22:05:17

I nearly akways have pudding- ice cream, Creme caramel, Eton mess, 3 or 4 squares of choc. Ill also have a couple of biscuits throughout the day probably as well. My one year old will eat what I do bit less - she will have maybe one biscuit and a smaller pudding. I don't eat crisps or drink fizzy drink as I just don't fancy them. I eat normally otherwise, and am pretty slim (5"4, 8.5 stone - when not pregnant obviously) x

QTPie Tue 11-Feb-14 03:20:41

DS is just 4.

"Pudding" at home is fruit. If we are out (once a week), then he gets ice cream. Snacks are fruit or "Organix" (no junk) bats/snacks or Nakd bars. Occasionally an ice cream or ice lolly at the park in Summer. Chocolate or sweets are very very rare. I try to lead by example.

DS is very very active.

I honestly think that you are what you eat and what you do. I think it is wrong to "deny" completely, but I think that getting into good habits and balanced diet is very important.

I don't keep a supply of "treats" in the house (so they are not tempting).

LettertoHermioneGranger Tue 11-Feb-14 03:41:04

I have a treat of some sort every day. Always very small, which is key for me. A teeny scoop of ice cream or a small slice of pastry. I otherwise eat healthy 85% of the time, avoid drinks other than water, coffee, or tea (no sweeteners or milk in them). I'm a very healthy weight.

benefitofhindsight Tue 11-Feb-14 09:20:18

Every day, now on maternity leave it's a chocolate bar, at work I would always eat biscuits, even as a child there would be desserts of some kind every meal. Have never been overweight but do want to lose baby weight at the moment so may have to cut down when I find the willpower...

TwittyMcTwitterson Tue 11-Feb-14 09:47:58

Ok, so I'm thinking I have a problem.

Need to be healthier, like you guys! hmm

sebsmummy1 Tue 11-Feb-14 09:49:26

I definitely used to have a snack mentality. Couldn't fill up my car without buying a chocolate bar. But I just went cold turkey on chocolate and that helped massively. Plus I was a stone heavier than I am now and felt it.

gamerchick Tue 11-Feb-14 10:03:06

I do a pudding once a week (on a wednesday.. apple crumble and custard tomorrow).. But I don't really have a sweet tooth and the kids aren't used to having sweet stuff in the house. I like a bar of chocolate the day before AF though grin

But that's our 'normal'.. I don't think there is a normal tbh.

I think by normal I mean sensible ...(but realistic)

I defiantly agree sugar is addictive and i'm an addict ...the though of going the whole day without some kind of treat actually makes me feel a bit nervous !! blush

we don't have fizzy drinks mayb a lemonade for ds at the pub when we rarely go or a fruit shoot but never at home and never ever cola !!
we do have squash with fizzy water at dinner time .

dp loves crisps and always buys them for ds which infuriates me . as they r just total crap.

we have pudding most days as I said I love to cook and its one activity me and ds do together. last night was flap jacks which we had with custard after dinner.

we definitely need to cut down!

LastingLight Tue 11-Feb-14 10:53:43

DH and I each have a block of dark chocolate after supper every day. DD gets a block of chocolate or a few small sweets in her lunchbox if she ate her fruit the previous day. We almost never have pudding at home. We drink water with our meals, something like Coke is a treat and that happens a couple of times a year.

CookieMonstersCousin Tue 11-Feb-14 11:38:45

We all have a sweet tooth in our house in different ways- mine are biscuits in the evening with a cuppa; dd is sweeties after school and ds is cola but i refuse to buy fizzy drinks during my weekly shop so he has to slink out of the house to the shops!!

Naicecuppatea Tue 11-Feb-14 11:41:35

A couple of times a week for me - either a choccy biscuit/small chocolate/bit of cake/dessert.

MothratheMighty Tue 11-Feb-14 11:43:36

We don't keep cake or biscuits or fizzy pop in the house, and we only have dessert if it's a special meal.
But we do eat treats if we are out and about, so rarely Mon-Fri, but catch us around at a weekend or on holiday and there will probably be cake involved.
For us, the trick is to remember that it is a treat and not normal.

MomentForLife Tue 11-Feb-14 11:58:51

In our house Friday is sweet night

Saturday is pizza type dinner and Grandparents will probably give DD sweets.

Sunday roast might include a pudding after.

DD is very fussy and has a smoothie every day in her lunch box and a yoghurt so I feel that's enough sugar, the rest has to be savoury.

I tend to wait for the week end for treats.

MasterFlea Tue 11-Feb-14 12:31:07

I'd let them have a biscuit with their afternoon snack. Like a digestive or a rich tea.
orange juice with their cereal at breakfast time and milk for the rest of meals.
Desserts and cakes would appear only on weekends but not every weekend. We just don't make them part of our everyday fare.

I have a sweet tooth but would wait until the dcs are in bed before eating some chocolate. I'd have a treat everyday and am at the top of my BMI, just about to tip into the overweight BMI.

gourd Tue 11-Feb-14 13:30:42

I eat cake or a scone or pudding every single day. I am not fat. I also have all my own teeth with no fillings. We eat a lot more actual food (meat, fish, eggs, cheese, vegetables, fruits, cereals), than most people seem to and no factory procuded biscuits/cakee, no sweets apart form ocasional bought form Indian sweet vcentre, and very little chocolate. We also have a hot homemade meal every single day, but I like cake and fruit pies so I must admit to eating one most days. At weekends we always have a homemade pudding, fruit pie or cake which I willl take to work if there's any left, but I cant make 'em in the week as there's no time on work days.
At work I buy a scone with a thin smear oif jam and A LOT of real whipped cream (not squirty stuff) from the shop in my building at least twice a week - it is a scone made on the premises and thay certainly look and taste as good as my own homemade ones. Of course they may have more sugar in than actual homemade as I usually halve the sugar in any recipe and wouldn't put any sugar at all into a fruit scone dough, as the dried fruit is enough, but they don't taste very sweet at all, so maybe they aren't too bad. I will have to ask what the ingredients are - they arent labelled with ingredients because they are just fruit scones on a tray that you have to put into a paper bag yourself. I never buy factory produced cakes though - they're just foul!
Our child doesn't eat sweets (we dont either) or any biscuts (except water biscuits or ocasionally homemade ginger etc or possibly the odd evil one at playgroups that CM goes to and I dont know about!!) but we dont either. She does have chocolate but only really at Xmas/Easter when it lasts a month or two a little at a time, and after that very little at all till next time around. None of us drinks fizzy drinks or cordial/squash. Adults have juice once a day (with breakfast) but child doesnt - she only drinks water and occasionally steamed milk.
We all really enjoy our cakes, fruit pies and puddings though and I dont mind child having those either if she eats well the rest of the time (which she does).

Artandco Tue 11-Feb-14 13:43:22

Maybe once a week. Usually if we eat out at the weekend and have desert after

bakingaddict Tue 11-Feb-14 14:07:05

My DS 6 recently told my MIL Ama in this country we have dessert after dinner every night. She has only been here 38 years. Sometimes its nutella on toast or my twice weekly thing of making buttermilk pancakes but he feels cheated if he goes to bed without a treat after dinner

Clutterbugsmum Tue 11-Feb-14 14:19:58

Why do you think crisps are worse then chocolate.

I always have crisps and sweets in the house as I believe if you make a big thing about them being a treat then they become something really important.

ALthough I have to say I do a proper pudding (jam steamed puddings, crumbles) on a Sunday but we normally have for tea rather then after diner. The rest of the week it's fruit. But if they are still hungry then yes they can have crisps/sweets.

Whity74 Tue 11-Feb-14 19:11:05

Every single day. We do eat lots of healthy foods too (salmon with brown rice / steamed vegetables etc). We also exercise and get lots of fresh air regularly...We cant go a meal without a pudding though.

matana Wed 12-Feb-14 09:22:28

We don't eat puddings as a rule because neither of us has a particularly sweet tooth. I am partial to a bit of chocolate though and so will have a small treat such as chocolate most days. Ds likes chocolate but he's more likely to ask for fruit as a treat. Yesterday he asked for chocolate but was very excited when I suggested blueberries and grapes instead. Dh hates chocolate (weirdo) and his 'treats' tend to be savoury.

nosleeptillbedtime Wed 12-Feb-14 09:26:07

I eat something sweet at least once a day. I have no fillings and am a healthy slim size. I regard the sweet food I eat as part of my balanced diet.

yegodsandlittlefishes Wed 12-Feb-14 09:33:22

I dont eat much in the way of sweets or treats bwcause I find I put weight on so very easily if I do. I had a very chocolatey biscuit the day before yesterday and some gingerbread syrup in my mid morning coffee the day before that, as I felt the need of a bit of a pick-me-up, but normally I do without. I buy cakevthat tge rest of the family eats, but if I make cake I can't resist 'trying' a slice or three at the weekend. smile

Cbell Wed 12-Feb-14 19:23:31

During the week I might make a sugar free pudding (ie rice pudding, apple puffs) this is just to get my LO to eat a bit more.

Otherwise 'sugar bugs' are for the weekend.

I love sugar and would happily have all my meals consist of the sweet stuff so try to hide my shame from my children!

ShitOnAStick Wed 12-Feb-14 19:50:16

Everyday. I really want to cut down. We rarely buy it though, I make all treats so I at least know whats in it and I put less sugar than the recipe states usually. I'm a healthy weight (bmi 19) but addicted to sugar. I would like treats to be only for weekends.

Writergirl Thu 13-Feb-14 12:09:55

We used to hoover up sweet stuff, especially at the weekends, and a (homemade) curry would be followed by all manner of treats, such as chocolatey biscuits, or crap like M&Ms, or ice cream.

We really knocked that on the head as it was getting out of hand:-)

I am pretty addicted to sugary stuff and also a day without it would also make me feel nervous.

I have tried all sorts - buying small sizes, or buying really special chocolates so I only 'eat one', but that didn't work.

Everyone always says the best is to just NOT have them in the house, and its a simple boring rule that works.

I occasionally try and not buy stuff and then I'm forced to make muffins if I want a treat.

The kids have one or two boring biscuits or fruit bars at tea time and have something sweet on a friday night during movie night.

I draw the line at 'actual' sweets and fizzy drinks in the house.

WallyBantersJunkBox Thu 13-Feb-14 12:32:00

DS will have a yogurt, fromage frais or some rice pudding with a chopped banana maybe 3 times a week max. Usually dependent on how much he enjoyed his dinner! We'll just have a cup of tea or coffee.

We normally buy a cake from the Backerei on Saturday after our supermarket shop to eat when we get home mid afternoon - usually Black Forest type thing.

On Sunday I'll make a crumble or apple tart and also knock out some scones for the week. As another poster mentioned we tend to have our lunch late on Sunday and then our pud becomes a meal we eat for tea later.

DS will take a scone in his snack box to school each day.

Chocolate - we do go mad at Christmas and Easter, but I don't usually have choc in the house as it's just a habit I don't want to get into. I avoid buying biscuits too, mainly because European ones are shite and Custard Creams are my kryptonite. blush

Em1503 Thu 13-Feb-14 13:34:15

We eat very healthy meals and don't often have puddings afterwards. However I have a terrible sweet tooth and find it hard not to eat a whole packet of biscuits with a brew or whole share bag of chocolate! God knows how I'm not overweight, hoping it doesn't catch up with me one day!

Now I'm pregnant though I've very much gone off all that kind of stuff. I'll maybe have a bit but then that's enough! DH thinks it's brilliant that a packet of biscuits lasts for ages now...just hope it continues after the baby is born...!

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