People have asked us in the past how we deal with the sugar-fest known as Halloween. For the sake of new readers, I’ll answer that question again:
We let the girls go trick-or-treating and eat the candy they collect.
Halloween is a big, fun event for kids, and we don’t want to ruin it by being food fascists. Kids were enjoying Halloween long before the steep rise in childhood obesity and diabetes. It’s not the occasional treat that screws up a kid’s health and metabolism; it’s the chronic overload of sugars and other refined carbohydrates. Those aren’t part of our girls’ normal diets.
So our girls eat Halloween candy — but the deal is that they only get three days to indulge, including Halloween night. After that, the candy goes away.
The first year we instituted that system, Sara tried to gobble up all her remaining candy on the third day. She got sick as a result, and most of what she’d gobbled down ended up in the toilet. Lesson learned … she and Alana have since concluded that there’s no point in filling their bags with a ton of candy they can’t eat without making themselves sick. In fact, after they haunted a few streets in a nearby neighborhood last night, they announced they were ready to go home.
Sara then separated out the candy she likes — mostly chocolates — and dumped the stuff she doesn’t. She explained that Pixie Stix, for example, are just a big mouthful of sugar and are way too sweet to taste good.
That’s my girl .. or my screaming banshee, at least during the evening’s festivities.
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