The holiday this week begins one of the worst times of year to me.
Every year it seems like we have a never ending supply of candy in our house from October and Halloween through Easter in March or April. I sort through and discard most of it, but we still end up getting lots of treats from friends, but they parties, holiday parties, etc. I can really only completely control the access that my children have to these things at home, because I’m not with them when they go to some of these other things at school and church.
The time will be changing this weekend and with that, the daylight hours diminish. Add on top of that cold-weather, staying indoors more, not getting enough fresh air and sunshine, plus like I mentioned this week begins candy season. Due to the lack of healthy eating, lack fresh air and sunshine, it does not make for a great mix. It’s funny how during the most difficult time of the year to keep our bodies well, due to different factors including illness being rampant and those mentioned, we can’t keep our children well. Most people wonder ‘Why is my kid getting sick all of the sudden?’ or ‘Why does my child not stay well?’.
The reasons I mentioned above play a huge role in the issue of sickness during the fall and winter months. Instead of boosting our children’s immune systems with nutritious food and supplements, we are bombarding their sensitive systems with sugar, artificial sweeteners, hydrogenated oils, bad fats, etc. Most people don’t realize if they would simply eliminate some of these things their children would be a lot healthier. Sugar has been shown to decrease your immunity as well as cause other health issues. You can read a good article on that from Dr. Sears.
I encourage you to consider focusing on the health and nutrition of your children in these upcoming months so that they have the best chance of fighting off sickness and staying well.
There is a neat idea floating around the blogosphere that I saw on Mama Natural that is called The Switch Witch. It’s a great idea starting with this week and all the candy they will receive. We won’t do the witch theme in our house, however, I already spoke with my son about the ‘candy fairy’ coming. He will decide on a few pieces of candy he wants to keep and she will be taking away the extra candy and be bringing a special prize instead. I think this will include a toothbrush and a small toy of some sort, but she hasn’t completely decided yet.
If you do something like this, I’d love to know how it goes!