Nutrition and the Eatin’ Season

Here it is November and we are already into the “Eatin’ Season”. Starting a Family Health Upgrade now is certainly more challenging, but if you can keep a few basics in mind, like cutting back on sugar, especially High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) and eliminating heavily processed snack foods the rewards will be worth it. Greatly reducing sugar will mean, more calm for everyone. Less junk food will leave more room for good-for you foods. The combination will make immune systems stronger and the whole family will be better able to ward off the colds and sore throats that come around this time of year.

By now you are probably thinking oh sure, we just had Halloween, what about all that candy? Well hopefully, you’ve had a chance to examine it with the kids to be sure it is all safe.  Maybe it’s already gone, but if there is any left, try reading the labels to see which candy is free of HFCS and all those chemicals no one can pronounce. Those are the candies that have to go. Help the kids pick out what’s most acceptable from their haul. Talk about the pros and cons. The idea is to increase their awareness and help them make better choices. Some candy actually has a little food value, particularly the chocolate, especially the dark chocolate. The key words here are some, and a little… Let the kids enjoy a bit of candy after they have had a healthy snack, or a good meal. It won’t cause as much of a spike in blood sugar and their behavior won’t be as effected. They can enjoy their loot while learning that good nutrition isn’t all about don’t-s, shouldn’t-s and never-s. By the way, a little, quality, dark chocolate is ok for you too. Just no raiding the kids’ treats…

The coming holiday season is really a great opportunity for learning more about nutrition and how it supports good health. Stay tuned for ways to have less stress, more fun and Holidays to Celebrate…