Halloween can be a teachable moment for you and/or your kids have an open and non judgmental conversation about how they will handle the plethora of candy. Ask for and listen to their ideas about how much candy is too much and what can be done with the excess. This might involve some coaching and /or some bargaining. Be sure to check with them after Halloween to see how they think the plan went and discuss any adjustments that could be made in the future.
It is good for adults and kids to learn that it is ok to indulge, as long as it is occasionally and in appropriate portions. This is a great time of year to teach and begin practicing mindfulness when it comes to balanced holiday eating.
Learning what an appropriate portion size is important for everyone.
• An extra 100 calories a day above what you need to lead to an extra 10 lbs that you do not need.
Purchase your Halloween candy as close to Halloween as possible
• Reduces the temptation of breaking into before trick or treat.
• Consider buying candy you do not like or buy less than you think you’ll need.
• Place leftovers out of sight, send them to work or donate them to family shelter.
•Consider giving out non candy treats such as spider rings, pencils, erasers, bubbles or stickers.
Be sure to eat a healthy dinner before the festivities begin.
• Reduces the temptation to snack along the way.
• After trick or treating, a cup of warm, low fat milk will stable blood sugar before bedtime.
Take a long walk through the neighborhood, enjoy the decorations and costumes.
Offer to trade for your kid’s candy for favorite non food items.
• IPod gift cards, sneakers, jeans, stay up late on a school night, or cash are all popular items.
• This way they earn money for a toy or game that they want and it reduces the sugar and fat that they are consuming.
If you and your family eat sensibly all year, then kids know how to make wise decisions when they are tempted to overindulge with unhealthy foods. This also helps to set healthy habits for a lifetime of healthful choices.
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