This holiday season is bound to be filled with family, fun and oh yes--temptations! There is nothing more challenging than eating well when tradition and family have something else on the menu. Whether you're in the middle of a Discover Optimal Wellness program, or just looking to get started, these tips will help with your holiday well-being.
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It's time to load up on candy so you can hand out lots and lots of sugar to all the neighborhood kids!
Halloween is one of few holidays that centers around celebrating with complete strangers. This is a great time to show your neighbors that you value health--and you value their health, too!
What can you do to help your neighborhood Discover Optimal Wellness?
Hand out fun toys and prizes instead of candy or food.
After going from house to house and getting one piece of candy after another, your house will be the highlight of the evening. Trust us, kids are not as crazy over candy as we are led to believe. They will be more excited about any of the following:
But this is an age-old tradition. I don't want to be the bummer on the block.
Consider that more and more children are suffering from Diabetes and are allergic to Halloween treats and cannot participate in the fun tradition of trick or treating. You can offer these kids a reason to be excited on this holiday.
Maybe I should just turn off my lights and watch a movie.
Health and wellness is not just for you; it's for our whole community. It takes each one of us to do things a little differently in order to experience a shift in perception, and an improvement in our health. Take the next few weeks to brainstorm, purchase or create fun candy alternatives. Include your children in this process; show them how much you value being healthy, and how fun it can be!
What about my kids? Should I keep them home that night?
Being healthy is FUN. We don't recommend that you let your children associate being healthy with missing out on the excitement. Here's one idea for turning the traditional fun into your own healthy version:
As your kids are putting their capes and crowns on, let them know that the Halloween Monster is in town and is really HUNGRY for sugar. He is willing to make a trade. He has toys for candy. He will offer one toy for every 10 pieces of candy (adjust the numbers according to your neighborhood!). When your kids return have them count out their candy, and then let the wheeling and dealing begin! Put the toys into a bag and let your kids reach in the bag (without looking) to claim their winnings. This will build the excitement and anticipation and make the toys seem much more special than the candy.
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Sweet Rewards: Cracking the Code of the Cupcake Culture
From an early age we are taught that sugar is related to good behavior and good times. Cake is held hostage until we finish our greens. Special occasions on the calendar dictate if we may indulge in candy. And suddenly the good behavior and the good times become so frequent that eating healthy is a punishment to be reserved only for a chaste time of cleansing and detox.
Our American culture is hooked on sugar. Not wanting to be alone in our addiction, we pass it on to our children, we share it with our co-workers, and we make sure our spouse is right there next to us with every slice of pie and every drink of soda. We make excuses and exceptions for our behaviors, and everyone nods in agreement.
We claim that we ate that way as kids, and it didn't hurt us--forgetting the United States suffers from an epidemic of Type 2 Diabetes.
Legislation has been passed, mandating that children eat better at school; and yet the federally subsidized breakfast and lunch program is still packed with empty carbs and high fructose corn syrup.
We are a society at risk.
Sugaraholics Take-A-Step Program
Admit there's a problem. On a piece of paper brainstorm with your family or co-workers about all the different opportunities you have each day or each week to partake in sugar.
This list should get you started!
Stage an intervention:
Start with yourself (that is the only person you can really change). What changes are you willing to make? Start small.
It's almost impossible to cut out habits or foods. Focus instead on replacing bad with good:
Start replacing feelings, too.
Notice the excitement that you have for a frappucino. Could you also have that excitement for a smoothie?
We are trained at Discover Optimal Wellness to work through the addiction with you! If the thought of eating vegetables makes you truly grumpy you will benefit greatly from our program. Your body quite possibly cannot process vegetables yet. We need to take careful steps to restore your organs so that you can enjoy these vitamin-packed treats. And your mind may need some work, too! Too many memories of being forced to eat terrible green beans? Ugh! We can help!
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