Sunday, September 30, 2012

Candy worth celebrating!

When our kids were little, they were sick alot with colds and ear infections. After trying every different antibiotics that the Dr could perscribe for us and after all the other things he asked us to do, we decided to go another route...a healthier route. At first, I don't think the kids were on board with it, but I think they did enjoy feeling better, instead of SICK all the time. The first thing we gave up was dairy, then sugar and next red meat. We had lots of smoothies ... which the kids loved. We had carrot juice, veggies from our garden and even made treats sweetened with juice. I made homemade granola, fruit roll ups etc.
I thought about this whole experience today when I saw a flyer from a natural food store. On the front of one page it had cute little kids Trick or Treating, and under it said.... Candy worth celebrating. Then it had this something like this written under it... Halloween just got sweeter thanks to organic lollipops and gummy bears. These lollipops are made with real fruit extract and contains no chemical colors , artificial flavors or high frutose corn syrup. Our gummy bears and spooky gummy spiders have natural flavors and 100 percent Vitamin C per serving.
I am not sure why this made me smile, but it did. I think it is because now the kids will tell you all the horror stories about how different they felt when I brought in natural treats while everyone else ate junk. Even when I write that... I want to say " wasn't that a good thing that I did or was at least trying to do? " Weird, just when you think you are doing your best as a find out different. Well, I still believe that some day when all my kids are parents, that they too might see the wisdom in being very cautious about what they put in their kids little bodies! It may not seem like a big deal when you are young but when you are the Mother and Father... things look a bit more serious and important when you realize  you are the ones teaching them healthy or not so healthy food habits. Motherhood is really much harder than it looks!
So this Halloween, try and explain to your kids why you are giving them the more natural candy... then say "it's candy worth celebrating! "  They  may even look at you like this photo below ... but that is ok, you are just trying to do what is best for them!  Good night dear friends!

"Foods high in bad fats, sugar and chemicals are directly linked to many negative emotions, whereas whole, natural foods rich in nutrients - foods such as fruits, vegetables, grains and legumes - contribute to greater energy and positive emotions."  ~Marilu Henner

"When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child." -Sophia Loren

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