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Doylestown Chiropractor Gives Healthy Tips For Halloween

With the chance to dress up in costume and stock up on sweets, Halloween is the highlight of the year for many kids — from toddlers to teens.

But since it’s high season for candy, it can also be an exasperating time for parents who encourage kids to eat healthy foods and make sweets a limited part of a balanced and nutritious diet.

For health-conscious parents, Halloween can be tricky.  Do you set limits? Do you let kids decide how much to eat? There isn’t just one right answer. Instead, use your best judgment given what you know about your child’s personality and eating habits.

On the one hand, you want to let kids indulge and enjoy the holiday. On the other, you don’t want to undermine all the work you do the rest of the year maintaining a balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle. And you don’t want to confuse kids with mixed messages.

 “Building a healthy lifestyle for your family means making smart choices 365 days a year,” said Anita Harvey, executive director of the YMCA’s Broadway branch, “and Halloween is a great opportunity to focus your family’s attention on physical activity and eating habits and to demonstrate that ‘everything in moderation’ doesn’t mean it’s OK to eat candy until you’re sick to your stomach.”

Use your best judgment given what you know about your child’s personality and eating habits. Before kids go trick-or-treating, try to serve a healthy meal so they’re not hungry when the candy starts coming in.

Kids who generally eat just a couple of pieces and save the rest might be trusted to decide how much to eat. But if your child tends to overdo it, consider setting limits.

 Here are some more tips for handling the Halloween treats:

  • Know how much candy your child has collected and store it somewhere other than the child’s room. Having it so handy can be an irresistible temptation for many kids.
  • Consider being somewhat lenient about candy eating on Halloween, within reason, and talk about how the rest of the candy will be handled. Candy and snacks shouldn’t get in the way of kids eating healthy meals.
  • If a child is overweight — or you’d just like to reduce the Halloween stash — consider buying back some or all of the remaining Halloween candy. This acknowledges the candy belongs to the child and provides a treat in the form of a little spending money.
  • Be a role model by eating Halloween candy in moderation yourself. To help avoid temptation, buy your candy at the last minute and get rid of any leftovers.
  • Encourage your child to be mindful of the amount of candy and snacks eaten — and to stop before feeling full or sick.
  • Just because it’s Halloween doesn’t mean that all of the treats must be chocolate and sugar-loaded. Alternative treats include pretzels, granola bars, raisins and juice boxes.

Many parents said that after letting kids indulge in some treats right after trick-or-treating, they limit their kids to a certain number of pieces each day or put the candy stash out of reach and out of sight. Then kids have to ask for it — that is, if they remember that it’s there!

 

Azzatori Chiropractic-Doylestown

295 Logan Street

Doylestown, Pa. 18901

267-247-7000

www.mcquaitechiropractic.com

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