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Sugar Overload! Halloween Do's and Don't's

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By    |   Tuesday, 30 October 2018 10:54 AM

If you’ve got kids in your household you may be dreading the annual Halloween candy hunt. As much as we want to instill good eating habits, all hell breaks loose on Halloween as trick or treaters gorge on gooey, sugary holiday sweets.

“It’s important to have a plan in place to make Halloween a learning experience instead of a time of overindulgence,” Dr.  Dina Rose, PhD.  an eating habits expert and sociologist who has been training parents, pediatricians and dietitian on how to teach children to make food choices, tells Newsmax.

Here are her tips:

Do:

*Set up a candy container. All the candy from Halloween (and from birthday parties) goes into one place. Then set up parameters within your household as to how much and how often candy can be enjoyed. This helps create good habits. The new candy is already mixed into your established sweet treat routine and is not considered an additional supplement.

*Turn eating the candy into a sensory game. Rose says that it’s important that kids (and adults) take the time to feel, smell and touch the treat before even tasting it. This makes us more aware of our actions and helps overcome picky eating. Sensor exploration can be a fun game that helps children lay a foundation of healthy eating habits for a lifetime. Food is appreciated, and not taken for granted,

*Limit the collection. The best way to do this, says the expert, who is quoted frequently in Psychology Today, is to limit the number of homes they visit. You can also make sure that the Halloween bag is somewhat smaller than suitcase! Also place the emphasis on the whole Halloween experience, the decorations, and the costumes and not all about the sugar.

Don’t:

*Threaten to dump the candy. “We want kids to collect as much as they please, but we don’t’ want them to eat it all at once,” says Rose. “Dumping candy can prompt children to start gorging or hoarding because they fear their coveted prize will soon disappear, creating a scary start to a lifetime of bad eating habits.”

*Don’t fill up on food first. Give them a small dinner before trick-or-treating and remind them to pay attention to how their tummies feel if they snack along the way.

*Don’t focus on nutrition. It is misguided, says Rose, to talk about nutrition in the same breath as Halloween candies. “Telling your child that the candy is unhealthy will not stop them from wanting to try it, sometimes crave it, or start eating broccoli instead. Rather use the strategy to talk about handling the ‘big buffets’ of life.”

Remember that we all make mistakes.

“There will be days when your child will have a treat in the morning and then be invited to an ice cream outing in the afternoon,” says Rose. “Sometimes the rules will be broken because it’s all a learning process.”

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