Halloween is a great time to teach your children about how to enjoy their candy.
Halloween is a great holiday where we dress up as our favorite heroes and villains and enjoy hanging out with our friends and family. As children, we used to go door-to-door with our friends and collect as much candy as possible before the night ended. Then we’d empty our pillow cases and stuff our faces with so much candy we’d usually end the night hugging the toilet. The tradition lives on today, and it’s up to us to make sure our children don’t end up with an upset stomach. Here are some trick-or-treat tricks to help your children stay somewhat healthy on Halloween night.
Say Yes to Candy (At Least, Some of It)
Moderation is good. Research shows that not allowing any candy can lead to rebellious behavior, and can encourage children to develop an unhealthy relationship with candy and chocolate. Halloween is a great time to teach your children about how candy can be enjoyed every now and then. Another concept that can be taught is delayed gratification. By having them eat only a few chocolates a day, they can have more chocolate for a longer period of time. If they plan accordingly, they can have chocolates well into December!
Small Portions for Small Stomachs
Children don’t know what their digestive system can handle. If given the chance, they’ll eat as many sweets as they want and, with an overload of sugar, have an upset stomach all night. Our bodies are pretty good at creating insulin to battle the intake of sugar, but we were not meant to handle the plethora of sugar that is inserted into our bodies when we eat candy. Biologically, our bodies believe it is being poisoned and go into panic mode. Be sure to limit how much sugar they are putting in their bodies.
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