Halloween marks the beginning of the holiday season — often a time of overindulgence, guilt, and then backlash come January. This is a crappy cycle that I’m constantly working with my clients to break, but it’s a tough nut to crack, in part because it’s so deeply engrained in our culture. Here’s an interesting thought though, we can create the culture in our own families; we can literally create, right now, a paradigm of what our children know as “normal,” and we have a lot more control around it than we think.
We can’t shield our children from the big bad world of processed food, candy, and overindulgence, but we can 100% make healthier choices in our own homes that show our children an alternate path to what is essentially a two month food binge.
The kicker is that we have to make these choices for ourselves too. We don’t want to be those parents that hide our kids Halloween candy and then eat it ourselves after they go to bed. We’ve gotta practice what we preach, and that takes a general reframe around this fun, sugar-drenched holiday, and the holiday season in general.