Who thought it would be a good idea to send kids door to door for nearly unlimited amounts of sugar and candy?? Trick or Treating has origins in the late medieval practice of “souling” when poor folk would go door to door receiving food in return for prayers for the dead. From roots of simplicity, as a day to help the poor, modern commercialization has turned this service oriented holiday into a day of indulgence and gluttony with serious sugar over-consumption.
Is sugar REALLY that bad though?
The body requires glucose for primary life sustainingprocesses in organs, blood, and brain function. Therefore, our taste buds respond to this need by inducing pleasurable sensations when we taste sweet. It is a force of nature turned on to sustain life and is very good for the body… in the packages that nature has already provided, like an apple. Apples are full of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and yes, sugars. The problem comes when these great sugars are isolated then concentrated. This is a whole new “monster” for the body to deal with.
High Fructose Corn syrup (HFCS) … an ingredient you’ll find in nearly all packaged candies, packaged by nature with sugars, vitamins, minerals and fiber). Corn is highly processed and the baked goods and limitless other consumables. Made from the sugar in corn (again, originally sweetness you taste in that fresh ear of summer corn is isolated and extracted producing a manmade simple sugar, sweeter than any foods found in nature. All simple sugars are metabolized quickly and disrupt insulin levels causing them to spike, and increased insulin in the body eventually leads to damaged cells which is a main contributor to most chronic illness. Given at an earlier age causes children’s growing bodies to proliferate with damaged cells.
Hum… could this be children increased amounts of sugar in their growing years causes this cell damage to happen a contributing factor to why our children today have the highest rates of obesity, ADD, ADHD, autism, and many other physical, emotional, and mental problems than we’ve ever seen? When kids are fed highly processed foods, rewarded and bribed at every turn with candy and sweets I would be so bold as to say HELLO… yes, there is definitely a connection. HFCS and all simple sugars negatively affect the body. After HFCS began to be widely introduced into the food supply 30-odd years ago, obesity rates skyrocketed. Keep that in mind when you’re tempted by a bite (or more) of those Halloween treats.
Sugar and Inflammation
Inflammation is the body’s defense mechanism to signal to us that our body is out of balance. Inflammation is caused by viral and bacterial infections, surgery, a bruise, a broken bone, allergies, vaccinations, high blood pressure, oestrogen therapy, smoking, obesity, chronic fatigue, and dental problems, among others, or basically anything that invades the body and causes a disruption.
When we consume sugar over and over again, our insulin is continually spiked causing a weakening and inflammation response of the body tissues, white blood cells, and immune system. With the combination of these 3 systems weakening, our bodies now are open and susceptible to disease and sickness. As this cycle repeats, inflammation response repeats, which causes the diseased state of the body to be chronic. And most, if not all, disease is caused by, or is contributed to some form of inflammation.
Is this sounding scary enough for Halloween yet?!?! It is to me! It’s enough to send a mother
I’ll advise you to participate in the holiday at will, and here are some tips to enjoy the day while minimizing the focus on sugar sugar sugar!!!! running and screaming! Here is a great schedule for some real Halloween fun.
Make a yummy and nutritious dinner. A full tummy leads to less room for sweets.Then, make some homemade yummy treats! That will be nutritious and to die… for. Recipe below.Next dress up and run around in your costum
es! I like a game I call spook and seek. Head to a park or play around the house. Everyone hides and instead of being “found” jump out and scare the seeker then run after them. This is great exercise and a lot of fun! (you might even be able to wear the kids out before it’s time to go door to door.)After that, if you still want to go trick or treating head out and have fun! Don’t restrict your kids on what they eat during this time, you don’t want negative energy in the experience. When they get home let them pick their favorite treats, you decide how many they can keep. Then ask them if you take all the rest of their candy, if they’ll trade it for some delicious and healthy homemade treats. Over the next week make them together as a family. Now, throw away the excess candy! It isn’t good for anyone and if it’s around it will be consumed, no matter how good a hider you think you are. Besides, let’s get real honest here, and if YOU know where it’s hidden, who do you think will end up eating it??? The best place for all that artificial junk is in the garbage. That is what it is garbage!Life is meant to be sweet! And to be sweet is to enjoy! Moderation is always the key and here is a guide to help you make the best choices with how to use sweets.
Spooky Ghost Pops
6 popsicle sticks
2 cups shredded coconut (not sweetened and unsulfured)
White chocolate (healthy recipe below)
Peel and cut bananas in half. Insert a Popsicle stick into the end of each banana on the cut end. Dip bananas into the white chocolate until thinly covered. Roll chocolate covered banana in coconut to cover completely. Press 2 raisins to make “ghost” eyes. Eat them right away or chill ghost pops until ready to eat. This is a fun and delicious Halloween treat and if you fill the kids up on healthy treats, I promise they won’t eat as much of the “bad” stuff this holiday.
½ cup raw cacao butter (find it raw on amazon.com)
½ cup raw unsalted cashews
1/8 cup honey and 10 drops stevia, vanilla flavor is nice
2 tsp vanilla
Put your cacao butter in a bowl and partially submerge the bowl into very warm water to melt the cacoa butter, or place it on your window ceil in the sun in the morning and allow it to melt. Keep the temp under 115 degrees. Put all ingredients into a high speed blender and blend till smooth.
(Don’t allow the mixture to get too hot in the blender. Make sure no water gets into the mixture or it won’t harden)