November 4, 2009
These boots were made for walking…
I hope everyone had a safe and happy Halloween. We took my daughter trick or treating and I was inspired to blog about something I saw. I saw a woman pulling a wagon with two small kids in it, when they got to a house the kids would get out and walk up to the door. This is an awful thing to do to kids, cheating them out of exercise. Children should only be allowed to trick or treat as far as their legs will take them. For a 3 year old this is about up the block and back. If they are younger they may only be able to go to four houses on their own two legs, which is a perfect number for a tiny tike. The distance a child can walk should dictate how much junk they can eat. Childhood obesity is rising at insane rates and this is a perfect example of why. Kids eating complete junk while being discouraged from exercising by their parents, who happen to be their number one role model. The point of trick or treating is the exercise, if it weren’t, you would just buy a bag of candy and hand it to your kids while they sat on the couch.
My sisters and I dressed as legendary Hollywood starlets. Here I am as Grace Kelly, with Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe. I think the most original costume I saw was someone dressed as a shower.
October 18, 2009
Trick or Treat?
As a nutritional counselor and a mother, I understand that holidays can be challenging times to stay healthy. No, I am not the person who hands out walnuts on Halloween, but is it possible for our children to enjoy the holiday without consuming so much junk that their blood sugar rises to personality altering levels? I think it is sad that candy manufacturers and well meaning, but misguided parents have tricked children into thinking that cognitive disrupting artificial colors, artery clogging saturated fat and enamel rotting levels of sugar are a treat.
I won’t be tricking children into poor nutrition this Halloween. Here are some real treats that I will be giving out:
100% Fruit Leather or fruit roll ups
Yummy Earth Lollipops –sweetened with fruit and veggie juice
PURE FUN Organic Pure Pops- sweetened with fruit and veggie juice
Annie’s Organic, individually packaged bunny shaped graham crackers
Halloween theme pencils
Cheap Halloween stuff-spider rings, eyeballs, rubber worms
Granola Bars or Clif Kids Z- bars
Here are some treats with some nutritional value for a party setting:
Popcorn or caramel corn, carmel apples, honey roasted nuts, chocolate covered soy beans or sunflower seeds, yogurt covered raisins
October 17, 2009
Where there is a will there is a way.
Here are some ideas and techniques I have used over the years with myself or with clients to help you decide NOT to eat Halloween candy that you don’t want, even though you can’t stop thinking about the candy bowl.
-don’t buy Halloween candy until the day of or day before Halloween
-make a rule that you can’t eat anything that you didn’t buy yourself, lots of places will leave a bowl on the counter this time of year. Your kid’s loot is off limits too.
-if I buy candy to give away, I buy something I don’t like so I won’t be interested in it
-don’t hand out candy this year, there are many fun items listed above
-Halloween candy is one of the lowest quality food-like items sold in America, you don’t really want it and definitely don’t need it
-if you have leftovers from your hand-out bowl throw them away, send them to work, leave them at a bank or a dry cleaners. That candy was not meant for your waistline, so get rid of it within 24 hours of the last trick or treater. Your kids didn’t earn that candy going door to door, they have more than enough, get rid of it! Throwing away poor quality food is not wasting…it is junk and belongs in the trash. I would rather it be in my garbage than on my hips.
-Make a deal with yourself. Buy yourself one truffle or a turtle from a candy shop if you don’t eat any of the low quality garbage that floats around on Halloween
Remember that you can buy any of this junk anytime of year. There is no reason to binge just because people are wearing costumes. Good Luck!