I know a lot of people are feeling anxious about Halloween candy, whether it’s anxiety about how much their children will be eating, how to deal with the leftover candy at work or at home. But I think it’s also a great opportunity to practice principles of intuitive and mindful eating, and to model healthy behaviors with candy around your children - and by healthy I don’t mean that in a restrictive sense.
If you have kids who will be trick or treating, here’s a great article with advice on what to do with the candy that features some of my favorite non-diet dietitians who are also parents. If you’re concerned about how much YOU will be eating, remember that candy is just food, and Halloween is just a holiday. Remember that Halloween candy is available all year long, so this isn’t your only opportunity to eat it. I’m pretty sure ghost shaped Hershey’s chocolate tastes exactly the same as rectangle shaped Hershey’s chocolate, so you don’t have to eat it in a last supper kind of way. Try practicing mindful eating skills by slowing down and tuning in to what the candy tastes like. While I don’t advocate hiding candy from yourself, it might be helpful to not have a big bowl right in plain sight, as that makes it really easy to mindlessly eat. Once you get bored of your candy, consider donating extra to the troops (although part of me wonders how many pounds of banana laffy taffy they end up with…)
2. Weight gain during teenage years.
Fun fact. Puberty is a normal stage of development. And with puberty comes weight gain. Fiona Willer, a dietitian and HAES researcher (who you should follow) shared this graphic on how concerned teenagers feel about the idea of gaining weight. If you’re a parent of a teenager, expect to be a parent of a teenager, are a teenager, or once were a teenager, please know that weight gain during these years is NORMAL and HEALTHY!
3. Joyful movement this weekend was canvassing with the hubs.
I’ve been doing some canvassing before the midterm election, and this weekend I dragged the hubs away from football to go out with me. We walked around a neighborhood for a couple of hours, knocking on doors and encouraging people to come out and vote.
We always think of exercise (or movement as I like to call it) as something formal that you do in a gym, but any time you’re moving your body, it “counts” - although let’s not try counting!
And now that I’ve harassed 80+ families in Hopkins, I’m going to harass you! To learn about what’s on the ballot in your district, go here, and be sure to check your state information to make sure you have necessary ids. If you live in SC, go to SCVotes. This year is a REALLY important election year, especially because it will decide who is doing redistricting after the census. As someone who lives in an that’s been gerrymandered into the same district as North Charleston, which is almost 2 hours away (literally, we live in this weird little “finger” projection of the district into Charleston and the line separating the districts is one block away), it’s really important to me to support candidates who support taking politics out of redistricting.
4. This mug cake.
It’s really good. Go get it. That’s all.
5. New contracting position.
This week I signed a contract to do consulting with CAN Community Health, a community health clinic that serves people with HIV/AIDS and other STIs. I’m SO excited to work with them, especially learning about the work they do. One difficult thing about working in a state where insurance companies don’t cover working with a private practice RDs is that I know my services aren’t as financially available for everyone who needs them. If you happen to be an RD who works with HIV/AIDS and have resources you can share, please email me!
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