In the spirit of Halloween, I love seeing the community come together to celebrate, the creativity and the costumes for kids, the adorable ones and even the scary ones too. But what is truly scary is when children load up on as much candy as they can fill their bags with, “treats” that are full of unhealthy oils and sugar. Parents are rightfully growing concerned about the amount of sugar and other unhealthy ingredients in Halloween bags.
I’m determined not to get into a power struggle this year with candy. So here’s my latest ideas on how to avoid the struggles and ditch the sugar.
- Give out gluten-free treats, like mini Kind bars or Justin’s individually wrapped almond butter. I also love handing out mini bags of organic popcorn.
- Strap on your pedometer and tutu and go for an extra long trick-or-treat walk with the kids. Go further in your ‘hood than you did the last few years. If you don’t have kids, volunteer to take your neighbors of nieces out on the town.
- Throw out the candy on November 1. Eighty percent of stimulation – the type that burns through your will power – is visual. If it is in my house, I will eat it! Get that sh%t out of your visual field. (If your kids refuse, they probably have a sugar addiction. Pay them a quarter per piece of candy and make them do the math. Then toss it after you confirm “buy in”.)
As we kick off the holiday season, I want to invite you to join me on my Fall Detox November 9-20.
This is a great time to reset your taste buds and infuse your body with as many phytonutrients as you can. This supports your immune system to ward off the upcoming season of colds and flu and the stressful hectic holidays! Plus you will feel so amazing. Would love to have you join me! Click on my link to get all the details.
Please forward to a friend. It is so much fun to do a detox with a friend!
To a happier and healthier holiday season!
Janice Marto, AADP Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach
This is my new favorite immune boosting juice from Kris Karr! Make a serving of this
C-Bomb juice to help ward off seasonal sicknesses (plus it tastes ahh-mazing!). Enjoy!
Yield: 2 servings
This immunity-boosting beverage is all about vitamin C, which may also help to prevent high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Win-win! I love the purple-haze color that red cabbage lends to this sweet-spicy juice, but green cabbage is a fine replacement if you don’t have red on hand.
- 1 cucumber
- 4 stalks celery
- 2 small apples, cored and seeded
- 1 1/2 cups red cabbage
- 1-inch piece of ginger, peeled
1. Wash and prep all ingredients.
2. Juice all ingredients.
Photo Credit: Kate Lewis
Recipe: Kris Karr (Crazy Sexy Juice)