I realized that one thing I DONT associate with Halloween anymore is candy (I know, weird, right?). Just the thought of how much candy is being collected and consumed by children across the nation tonight makes me cringe a little.
This is coming from a girl that no Reeses Cup was safe around (I literally used one as a model for an art project in high school). I would judge how much I enjoyed reading a book by how much chocolate was smudged on the pages (if I enjoyed a book I would undoubtedly have a chocolate stash within arms reach). I mean, candy and I were inseparable.
Along with candy I also had anxiety and acne, and I could not for the life of me figure out why. Then, I started reading into the connection between sugar and anxiety/depression (Sugar Blues by William Dufty really opened my eyes). My mind was opened to life without the sweet confectioner. At first it was fricken hard as hell; I fell off and on the wagon many many many times. Until one day it wasnt hard at all. I really realized this last night, dressed as Wonder Woman sitting at a bar, the bar tender handed me a bag of Halloween candy. I had had a drink, so if ever I was going to be tempted this would be the moment. Emotionally, it was the equivalent as if he had handed me a stack of napkins. The temptation literally just isn't there anymore.
Im not at all saying to have a Halloween (or life) without treats, but I am saying there is always a healthier alternative. Part of what keeps me away from candy that you can pick up at CVS is that it is literally poison. More than sugar (which is enough in itself) are many many unmentionable ingredients. Just look at the wrapper and try to pronounce all of those words. Bad News.
It could be as simple as limiting how much candy is consumed. If typically we allow ourselves (or our children) an endless supply, pick a limit and stick to it. Throw everything else away. I bribe my eleven year old brother, I say if he hands over the trick or treat bag I will bring him to whole foods and load him up with treats there.
|slice organic apples. blend coconut dates.|
Here's a super simple caramel apple recipe. Slice apples. Blend coconut dates in blender (add a little water if necessary) Voila! Maybe sprinkle some nuts, coconut shreds, or organic chocolate pieces if desired. I was really suspicious when my mom told me about this, but when she handed it over to try I became a believer!
Having a healthy body and peaceful mind are every reason to want a happy and healthy halloween for ourselves and loved ones!
Tonight, we fly!