For Tyrone White, who's become known as "Honey Bun," and his wife Kalisha, the last month has been a family altering experience to say the least. It was just over a month ago that Tyrone set out to "get fit" and this time "not quit." Well, so far, so good on most things except for one of his other weaknesses, Kool-Aid!
"I'm kind of back on my Kool-Aid binge."
Once he ran out of the sugar substitute Splenda, Tyrone says he turned back to his old standby to make his Kool-Aid, sugar, and lot of it!
"Two cups of sugar for two quarts of Kool-Aid, and it takes to the next morning before I have to make some Kool-Aid," says Tyrone.
Although his wife and their two small children help drink some of the Kool-Aid, Tyrone admits to drinking most of it in a day's time, something which healthcare officials say is not good!
"Keep in mind that one cup of sugar has 750 calories," says registered dietician Mary Gilmore. "You say you use two cups of sugar for your Kool-Aid, so you put 1,000 calories worth of sugar in your Kool-Aid. So, in a day's time you're having 1,000 calories just in Kool-Aid!"
To help Tyrone tackle this issue registered dietician Mary Gilmore who developed a national healthy eating initiative suggests that he adopts some personal policies.
"One policy could be not to drink your calories. Those are the easiest calories to give up! If you just do the Kool-Aid deal, just give up that right now, by next Christmas I can guarantee about 50 pounds will be off unless you go and substitute Kool-Aid for something else."
Another suggested policy to adopt is, "You might become a personal policy that I won't eat more than one sweet a day or more than two weeks," says Gilmore.
This is something which both Tyrone and his wife agree might be a little hard for him this holiday.
"My family they know me by now," says Tyrone. "Thanksgiving dinner or any kind of cookout, I'm coming home with the pies!"
"Like my mom will give him two and his grandmother may give him one. His aunt may give one. His mother may give him two. So, he has pies," says Kalisha, Tyrone's wife.
"Potato pie would be fine. A piece of cake would be fine but not both of them. It's about choices and I would encourage you and your wife to have just one desert or the other," says Gilmore.
"I know my family's going to enjoy this because they get to eat pies this time," says Tyrone.
Meanwhile, as for Tyrone's wish for a honey for Christmas....
"He's not get getting it. He's not! Ha, ha," says Kalisha.
"No honey bun for Christmas, but I can get one pie. That's how many I'll get, one pie," says Tyrone.
"I've got to see it to believe it. We'll see," says Kalisha.