How to manage kids candy consumption during Halloween
Halloween is all about the candy, but you don't want your children eating too much Halloween candy in one night. Author of the forthcoming book Bright Line Eating: The Science of Living Happy, Thin and Free & Rochester-based food Psychologist Susan Peirce Thompson shows in her work that sugar consumption can be addicting and managing how much a child eats is important.
Thompson shares tips such as:
? Let kids enjoy and binge on their candy for 1 day or possibly 2, but 3 days absolute max.
? Refrain from limiting their candy intake during that time. Limiting intake will create too much of a focus and possibly, a fixation. Instead, allow them to indulge.
? Avoid trying to replace their candy binge with, say, a binge on carrots. They’ll feel deceived and cheated and will only crave candy all the more.
? Above all, model good eating habits year-round, with plenty of fresh fruits and veggies but minimal sweets.