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Children and Sugar

Chocolate eggs

At Easter a child’s relationship with sugar may prove more challenging to manage. Negotiating the supermarket aisles of chocolate bunnies and eggs with children on board can definitely have its moments.

Beyond the seasonal spikes, the high levels of sugar in our diets can be a very real obstacle if we are to maintain and sustain total wellbeing. The processed foods of the 21st century are abundant in sugars, and even honey which we perceive is natural can be made from beehives fed on refined sugars. Obvious physical negative effects include tooth decay and weight gain. Emotionally our children’s behaviour can become erratic or problematic for them and others. Mentally it is often used as a quick-fix stimulant. Franchelle Ofsoské-Wyber co-founder of First Light Flower Essences of New Zealand® tells us that excessive processed sugar intake affects the proper functioning of the third eye chakra and this may impact the child’s vision. This can be observed in some of our youth who appear ‘lost’ and without a personal vision for their lives. Highly addictive in nature, I am sure you have experienced sugar’s effects on the children in your life.

First Light® flower essences can assist our children to build a healthy relationship with their food and sugar. Flower essence No 4 Marlborough Rock Daisy is useful for the child who has compulsive or obsessive patterns around food. No 5 Native Passionfruit will help your child to enjoy the sweetness and good things in life. It is helpful for children who may show an imbalance in their dietary choices, overindulging or bingeing on sugary foods. No 6 New Zealand Jasmine will assist the child to find the necessary emotional strength to persevere with developing a healthy relationship with food.

No 69 Bracken Fern will support the child to overcome external obstacles, assisting them with the willpower to change unhealthy habits.

No 49 Miro balances the functioning of the 3rd eye chakra for the child or youth who may be experiencing a world without personal direction and vision.

To develop a healthy new pattern/relationship with food, No 51 Broadleaf can be added to a blend.

If your child is showing highly addictive behaviour around sugar, and continues to have challenges developing a balanced relationship with food, further assistance is available from the First Light® Shamanic Essence Collection No's 97-120. See a registered First Light® flower essence practitioner for further information.

— Anna Gentry
Anna is a First Light Flower Essences of New Zealand Practitioner, Diploma holder, and tutor. A qualified and experienced teacher, mother of 4 young children and co-founder of NaturePlayNZ, an organisation dedicated to assisting children, mother earth and the future. First Light® Flower Essences form the foundation of her relationship to assist all children to express beauty and balance in their lives. Anna can be contacted by email: