It is Halloween at the end of this month, and for anyone
with children, that can mean candy. Lots and lots of candy.
It is a tricky situation: you do not want your children
eating too much sugar (and all those artificial additives). And yet you want
your children to grow up seeing food as a source of joy, not shame.
You know from experience that if you deny yourself a certain
food, you end up craving it. We tend to want what we cannot have.
So how should you handle it?
Registered dietitian and producer of Nutrition for Littlies,
Alyssa Miller, says there is nothing wrong with sweet food. It is just an
intense source of instant energy.
“In the end, we want to raise conscious eaters, who know how
foods affect their body and how to eat all foods in a way that makes them feel
good,” says Miller.
She says to keep focusing on how foods make us feel instead
of warning your children they will be sick if they eat too many Halloween
lollies, say something like, “My belly gets a little upset when I eat too much
candy, I think I will have a few tonight and save some for another day.”
If – or when you eat candy, stop yourself from saying things
like “I’m being bad tonight” or “I’m going to have to go to the gym tomorrow.”
Remember: no food is “bad”, and eating is not something that
should ever be punished.