Today’s Reading List: Easy on the treats this Halloween

We all know what its like to splurge on candy on Halloween. It’s easy to do, whether your a kid going door-to-door or a parent fighting the urge to not break into the bag of candy before October 31.

But despite the plethora of candy all around, parents can teach some healthy habits to their kids when it comes to eating habits.

The Toronto Sun posted healthy tips for eating mindfully this Halloween:

Have a game plan: Before heading out, take a minute to talk about expectations, like how long will you be out, how much candy can you eat and what will the treats-per-day limit be.

Eat treats (only) with a meal: Be a role model by sitting with your kids, distraction-free, and enjoy a treat after a meal. Mention what you like about the treat you chose.

Use a small bag and ditch non-favourites: One solution to avoid waste is to use smaller trick-or-treat bags to start. Another solution: a mid-November visit from the “Switch Witch” who trades remaining candy for something like a small toy or passes to an indoor waterslide park.

Check your treats: Tell your child not to eat any treats before they get home (think allergies).

Set a treat time: To resist constant snacking, plus frequent snackers are at a greater risk of tooth decay.

Brush, floss and rinse: Sticky candy can get stuck in between teeth and cause tooth decay.

But of course, this is Halloween. So let’s not forget the cardinal rule.

Have Fun: Show your family there is more to Halloween than the candy. Enjoy time being active outside together and exploring your neighbourhood.

Visit the Toronto Sun for more. Happy Halloween!

 

Posted on October 30, 2014 in Health in the News, Reading List, Uncategorized

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