Well it’s that time of year again, when my kids are all a buzz about trick or treating. As someone who tries to lead a healthy lifestyle, Halloween is always a conundrum. I don’t want to be a “grinch” and squash all of their excitement by telling them (again) how awful sugar is and how it lowers their immunity and is just pure poison… BUT I also don’t want to deal with the aftermath I have come to call the Halloween Hangover. So what’s a mom to do?
Here are 4 things I’m going to put into action, starting Halloween eve, in order to help their little bodies manage the onslaught of the sugar frenzy, cold night and late evening ahead.
- Go to bed.I know it sounds corny and very obvious but sleep really can be the best medicine. When we are over tired and don’t slow down, our bodies don’t have time to heal. Did you know that our bodies repair themselves every day at certain times of the day? When we are tired, we are more susceptible to illness because our immune systems are tired too!
- Fill them up.Starting from breakfast, I’m planning on serving them nutrient dense foods that will fill their bellies up with the good stuff. Things like cooked soaked oats in the morning with some whole milk or cream, lunch with fruits and veggies and a hearty hot meal maybe pea soup made with bone broth for dinner. I figure it may help balance out the sugar coming later.
- Recycle it.Last year we found a local dentist’s office that was collecting candy and sending it to the troops. My kids got $1/lb for their loot. .
- Go natural. If the kids (or me) do overindulge and have a hard time with the overload, I may give them a dose of a homeopathic remedy called Nux-vomica in a 30c strength. It is known as the “hangover” remedy and can help the body detox. If my kids seem like they are coming down with something after being out in the cold, I would try another homeopathic remedy calledAconite (again in a 30c strength) which can help give their system a boost. Both of these remedies can be found at your local health food store.
If you’re looking for a healthy way to celebrate, join me at the Halloween Harvest Festival on Saturday Oct 31st from 12-4 @ Nature’s Whisper Yoga Studios 4205 Park Blvd, 92103. I’ll have samples of my new winter “thyme” salve and homeopathic remedies for the flu!
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