I may not be very popular for saying this, but the truth is we have got to stop feeding our kids crap on holidays like Halloween!
This goes double for children under the age of 5.
Sugar is a drug.
Artificial flavors and colors are drugs.
Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOS) are altering our kids gut microbiomes causing our children to behave like they are on some kind of drug.
Guess what the average Halloween candy is made up of?
Sugar, artificial flavors/colors, GMOS.
Is that what you really want for your child?
I recently saw a Facebook meme talking about how “brave” teachers are for teaching your kid the day after Halloween.
Why is that because your kids are basically going through a drug withdrawal??!!
Is that what you really want for your child with Down syndrome who already has a compromised immune system and detox pathways?
It’s also very possible your child already has behavior issues ( I know because Ava does and I am very careful with what foods are put in her body).
Why are we adding fuel to the fire?
Here are my 3 best tips of what to do instead:
- Offer a gift basket for all the Halloween candy. This may include anything a child enjoys I would even say it’s ok to put some organic candy in there (if your child is 5 or older) or raisins for the little ones. Also kids seem to really like tattoos and pencils/pens. The one thing I would say is make sure it’s good and has one decent gift inside that they have been asking for (it will be easier to get the candy out of their clutches.) If you need help get a switch witch to make it more magical or if they are older wean them slowly. Maybe they get the gift basket + can keep 5 pieces of candy the next year take it down to 4 pieces and so on. This should not be a power struggle. Do what works for your family, but don’t give completely in. Changes must be made to reduce the amount to toxins in your child’s diet.
- Set the example. If you are firing down Halloween candy, um then your kid is going to expect to do the same. Halloween candy isn’t good for anyone. It reduces the function of the immune system, increases metabolic risks such as diabetes and heart disease, and feeds candida which is a huge issue for more people than anyone every thought possible.
- Get other parents on board. See if you can influence you friends, family, and peers parents. It will be a lot easier to do if others are also doing it. I can guarantee you there are more parents looking to make Halloween healthier than you thought. They are definitely around. We must ban together.
You got this mama!
I would love to hear from you! How do you make Halloween healthier?
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In abundant health,