Fall and Moderation
Halloween and Moderation Halloween starts the holiday season. New Year’s ends it. An important lesson to teach kids this holiday season is eating in moderation When kids come back from their trick or treating, parents can go through their loads of candy, portion them out, save some for the week, while freezing the rest for later. Parents should also consider taking some out of the stash, especially the ones the kids don’t like, and sharing with others, another great lesson for kids to learn!
Remember you are in control of the candy; the candy is not in control of you! Some tips for teaching kids about balance and moderation:
• Emphasize the non-food related aspects of the holiday, such as parties, decorations, spooky activities, costume contests, and games.
• Serve a healthy meal or snack before trick-or-treating, when sorting through the candy and every time you break out leftover candy.
• Make it a “moving” holiday to help balance the eating. Have a costume parade, a monster dance party, play games like costume tag or bobbing for apples. This will also leave less time for collecting candy.
• Limit the size of the trick-or-treat bag for going door-to-door. Stay away from the pillow case and go for a small gift bag
• Choose to hand out fun-size candies instead of full-size bars to help them understand portion control, but be careful how many are eaten!
Have fun, enjoy and allowing a little candy, portion controlled, especially on the day of Halloween, is not going to cause childhood or adult obesity. We get into trouble when we make everyday a holiday!
Reference: Today’s Dietitian