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Halloween Candy & Teachable Moments

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Halloween is now behind us but for most of us the Halloween candy remains.

For those that no longer have the Halloween candy, I have heard differing stories of where it has gone.

For some it is all in their bellies, for some it has been given away. Still, for others The Great Pumpkin has come to take it all away.


The Great Pumpkin will also leave a toy in the home of some of the children whose candy he has taken.

My family has candy on the dining table.

The Halloween candy and a bowl of fresh, organic fruit live side by side.

I have placed one of these and my husband has placed the other. I am certain that you can figure out which is which.

These are representative of two very different choices but I think that is fine. In this home we do not believe in making any food off limits, unless there are allergies to consider. I feel this way regardless of whether, or not, it is a healthy choice. It is my very strong belief that foods that are “off limit” are much more attractive to kids, and adults, and therefore will more than likely lead to overindulgence. I would much rather teach portion control.

Portion control and healthy choices are the best dietary choice.

This is the best way for yourself and for the children in your life. I do not think that it is bad to diet in front of your children. I do think it is bad to follow starvation or fad diets in front of your children.

If one is not in a healthy place whether because of weight, blood pressure, blood sugar, or some other issue than I think it is, in fact, beneficial for a child to see their parent attending to their issue. I love for a parent to choose healthy eating and exercise and consequently teach their child the same.

It is important to take note though that I refer to healthy eating.

It is imperative that children see that their parent is using sensible portions and good, nutritious food. If they see the parent dieting through extreme measures such as the HCG protocol, prepackaged food plans, or liquid diets a very different image is left seared into their very impressionable minds. I also believe it to be very important that the parent explain to the child why it is important for them to change their eating habits.

This is a teachable moment and as such presents a great opportunity for a parent to explain to their child why it is so important for them to have good eating habits from an early age.

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Elise Ho
Ph.D., D.N. Psych.
Behavioral & Mental Health Specialist

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  1. melissarobinson73

    Im so with ya on portion control! I don’t tell me kids anything is “off limits” either. I do try and encourage healthy food choices, and really make a big deal out of how great it is, when they make one. The only “food” that I really do NOT like having in the house is SODA. As my kids will chose that every time, because I don’t let them have it that often. I just can’t watch/let them drink that soda!!!!!

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Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho is a Holistic Health & Life Coach with a special interest in emotional health, life alignment, and energy flow.

Elise will partner with you to align your mindset, your energy, your home and your career so that you can live your life's desire with freedom and love.

Elise offers 30 years of experience and multiple certifications and degrees including a Ph.D. in Natural Health and a doctoral degree in Naturopathic Psychology.