With three little boys I know how much kids ADORE halloween and who wouldn’t! Dressing up in scary costumes, trick or treating and seeing all the other kids in the neighbourhood doing the same is a super fun.
Because our family eats such a nutrient dense diet with only natural sugars from honey and fruit my kids feel quite horrible when they do eat sugar. The colours, flavours, high fructose corn syrup and refined sugar puts too much toxicity into their little systems and they know this makes them feel horrible.
Often we think lollies as treats occasionally are ok and generally that is true, if 90% of what you eat is really healthy then your body can usually cope with 10% of your diet that isn’t. However with my work as a nurse and a health coach I see time and time again the impact that even ‘treat’ foods have on our health. The toxins from the lollies don’t just go in and come out. Our bodies are bombarded with so much toxicity these days, from the water we drink to the sprays on our food and in the environment, that our bodies have a hard time keeping up and getting them out. These toxins congest our brains and organs and get stuck in our fat cells often staying in our bodies for years.
So what can we do to protect our kids health and still enjoy festivals like Halloween?
- I make sure everyone is really well feed before trick or treating. When your hungry its impossible to resist eating the junk!
- If they have healthy sweet things to munch on along the way they won’t feel like they are missing out. So arm them with plenty of real food options such as…
- annies fruit strips
- ceres seaweed sheets
- ceres raw bars
- bliss balls
- organic chocolate
- kombucha or pure fruit juice drinks
These are definitely not every day foods for my boys so they adore them when they’re on offer.
- We don’t eat the lollies we trick or treat for but we have another use for them. My boys trick or treat and collect all the lollies as usual, but instead of eating them they cash them in to me for
- or a special trip like going to the movies
They think this is really cool, they still get to have fun, eat heaps and be with their friends but instead of a headache and a sore tummy they get to trade their lollies for a bounty of cash or an exciting trip out instead!!!
This may sound hard out but it works well for my family and you might find it works for yours.
Yes as a parent this is a lot more work and more expensive but when you’ve had sick kids and they become well again you never want to go back there so your willing to go the extra mile!
I often throw a little halloween party with lots of fun games that don’t revolve around food and the kids have an absolute blast.
Summary of surviving a healthy Halloween!
- Feed them up with a good dinner before going trick or treating
- Negotiate to cash in their lollies for something else such as money, a trip to the movies or toys
- Give them refined sugar free treats so they can still feel like they’re having fun and are not being deprived of the sweetness (refined sugar free means natural sugars such as fruit or honey, NOT sugar free sweeteners!)
- Make it a great social night with likeminded friends
So there you go…a few tips to make your Halloween a little bit healthier
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