Hey moms out there. Well tonight is the time for your little ones, or perhaps not so little ones anymore? (won’t say how old mine are and can’t get it out of their systems….a bit embarrassing:(….) In any case,we all know that candy is by no means healthy food but they sure will have fun collecting it tonight. Some call it begging, but I won’t go there, and they’re really not begging since it’s being handed to them with just a couple words after knocking on the neighbor’s door.
Anyway, the important thing is of course to handle what they do collect with discretion and some sanity. Yes, I know, that’s no fun. Especially for them, but better for you too since who wants to deal with hyper kids after they’ve gorged on all that sugar, especially since they’ll probably be out later this year, not being a school night and then gobbling up a lot of it right after?? YIKES.
Something to be aware that many aren’t though is that sugar, especially from candy will greatly reduce, and possibly even shut down the immune system for several hours. A study showed that a candy bar (regular size, not Halloween candy size) and a can of soda will shut down the immune for up to 6 hrs. Although like I said, that’s a regular sized bar, with Halloween candy being small, they will probably eat more than one and end up eating much more in volume than a regular sized bar. Have you everr noticed that they often get sick soon after Halloween? Or perhaps since the weather is usually getting cooler at this point, any illness was attributed to that. Well actually of course it;s both, with weather changing the body has to adjust, but if the immune system has been conpromised from excessive candy intake. That won’t help. One thing that will help some is drinking lots of water. If you can get them to do that, which can help fill them up with something more useful than the sugar.
If you’re in the habit of going through all the candy that has been collected, that would be a good first step. Having them keep only the stuff they really like and discard the rest. Why bother eating it just because you have it if you really don’t enjoy it that much. Why eat the added sugar? Also avoiding eating too much at a time. Just having a few pieces every day. If you can get them to make it last till Thanksgiving, their pancreases would be very happy.
Hopefully, this has given you some food (pardon the pun) for thought.
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