Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. Each year my husband, our two daughters, and I coordinate our costumes. In the past, we have been the Ghostbusters, three cats and a mouse, and Frozen, and this year we will all be the Smurfs. I can’t wait! On the day, we usually trick-or-treat the neighborhood for a while or go to gathering at a friend’s house. Of course we all love the candy that comes with it, but is it worth the side effects?
According to Dr. Mercola, too much sugar overloads and damages your liver, tricks your body into gaining weight, feeds the cancer cells in your body (which we all have), and increases your risk for Alzheimer’s and heart disease.
Ever wonder why your kids get sick shortly after Halloween?
According to Dr. Sears, “Eating or drinking 100 grams (8 tbsp.) of sugar, the equivalent of two- and-a-half 12-ounce cans of soda, can reduce the ability of white blood cells to kill germs by 40 percent.” He calls this an “overdose of sugar.”
Even if your children aren’t eating 8 tablespoons of sugar on Halloween, smaller amounts still suppress the immune system leaving it more vulnerable for germs to invade!
Here are some mom tips for you to implement on Halloween to prevent your kiddos from consuming as much sugar.
- Keep healthy snacks on hand.
If kids are hungry, it’s much easier to think about the convenience and satisfaction of candy.
- Don’t buy candy before Halloween.
The amount of candy kids receive the day of Halloween is enough to last them the whole year. Save your money and your teeth.
- For every piece they eat, throw one away (or donate).
It’s OK. You don’t have to savor every piece of candy just because it was handed to your child. Remember sugar causes our kids to get sick; you are doing a good thing.
- Teach moderation.
Allow your kids 1-2 pieces a day.
- Say, “No.”
Your children aren’t old enough to understand the complex effects of sugar on the body. Therefore, they also aren’t old enough to make all the decisions about what they put into their bodies.
- Set a good example.
It’s unproductive to tell your children, “No,” but then you shove 20 pieces of candy in your mouth. If you are going to do this, at least go out of sight.
- Be the weird family.
Don’t give out candy this year. Give out stickers, pencils, small toys, or tattoos. Kids like that stuff too. If you want to be really weird, give out healthy snacks like popcorn, trail mix, dark chocolate, vegetables or fruit. You’ll probably save money in the end, because news travels fast, and less children will show up at your house.
If you want to learn more about avoiding harmful foods and protecting your family’s immune system, contact me for a free 15-minute health consultation!
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