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Where My Ghouls At?

Kim Shapira
October 31, 2023
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                      Trick OR Treat.

Halloween is a super special festive occasion and just because of that, it's sensationalized with the kids and parents. Especially the candy! You will notice that candy is available everywhere all the time leading up to and after Halloween. Like everywhere all the time. Sadly, we celebrate Halloween only once a year. Wouldn't it be nice if we took the emphasis off the candy and put it more on the fun activities we get to do around Halloween? Carving pumpkins, cooking the seeds, eating the seeds, and decorating the front porch and the interior are some of my favorite things.

This year, when the kids return from trick-or-treating, put their bowl of candy in the middle of the counter like you are displaying a colorful fruit bowl. Don't make it a thing and don't make it off-limits, because what will happen is the kids will stop seeing the bowl. If it's taken away from them, it creates a feeling of restriction that will cause them to want to eat more than they need in the moment they're in and cause them to binge later. Which can unknowingly set them up for a lifetime of stress around Halloween candy. But if we don't put an emphasis on the candy and it's just lying around or it just goes in the pantry after a bit, I promise, the kids will feel like they don't need it because they can always have it.

I love candy, but I don't eat candy unless I'm starving and there's nothing else around- then for sure, I'm gonna eat candy. I don't think candy is a bad food or an unhealthy food. And I do think of it as food. I also am aware that it doesn't agree with my body, so I don't eat it. This was a sad lesson that I had to learn and experience. Once I learned candy doesn’t love me back, I stopped eating it. It is a personal choice. You can unlearn how eating it makes you feel. Now, it's just a normal part of my life where I don't worry about candy.

Have a safe and wonderful Halloween night and make the most of the time together. I have tibia honest - Halloween is my favorite.



*One of my personal  🎃  favorite memories from Halloween besides trick-or-treating was coming home and pouring the candy onto the floor and my dad spending time looking through each piece to make sure that it was safe for us to eat. Now, I'm wondering if I'm just thinking that that was special time I had with my Dad, and less about the candy.

Kim Shapira

Kim Shapira

dietitian and nutrition therapist.

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