Most folks know by now, sugar is pretty bad for health. I decided a couple of years ago that I didn't want to give out candy for Halloween. I like idea of giving my kids and neighbors a healthy alternative to sweets.
There is no rule or requirement that have to hand out candy on Halloween! Believe me, kids will be getting candy at every turn. Variety is the spice of life. Having a little variety in Halloween trick-or-treating or at parties adds to the fun.
For the last couple of years I have given out toys for Halloween. Here are some creative alternatives for parties or trick-or-treaters.
An added benefit of not having candy in the house is that you won't be tempted as well. If candy is in my house, no matter how much I try to resist, I end up eating a piece or two, or ten.
I hope you find the resources useful for fun alternatives to candy on Halloween. You are only limited by your imagination.
What will you be giving out for Halloween? Share your ideas and leave your comments below...
What does it mean to be fit and healthy? At the doctors office on some websites the idea of being healthy means that you have a certain body fat or weight for your height. Or you should have a certain body mass index. Those numbers really don't tell us anything about someone's health.
My definition of health is more subject but I think more accurate. How do you know you are fit?
If you are like me, you have read some of the great research out there about the benefits of fat adaption. There are many therapeutic benefits of becoming fat adapted and following a ketogenic diet. A new is a new study from Australia about how fat oxidation helps make us faster. The study highlights rethinking the role of fat oxidation in athletes. Many of my clients say, "sure, that sounds great, but is it hard to do". Actually, it is pretty simple. It takes about four weeks, give or take, for our bodies to switch to burning fat.
Step 1: Switch to a ketogenic diet. A ketogenic diet is a high fat, moderate protein, and low carbohydrate diet. The ratios for a ketogenic diet are ~70-90% fat, ~10-15% protein, and 0-7% carbohydrates. There are many new names for a ketogenic diet. Common names for a ketogenic diet are Low Carb High Fat, Banting, or Atkins.
Step 2: Exercise at low intensity. Follow Dr. Maffetone's MAF 180 Formula during the fat adapted stage. Exercise at least 30 minutes a day up to 90 minutes. Good exercises are hiking, swimming, biking , running or light circuit training in the gym.
Step 3: Meditation practice. The autonomic nervous system controls the balance of our parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous system. This controls how our body functions. The regulation of the internal organs and hormones. Wow, that sounds pretty important. When our bodies are stressed, nervous systems is out balance. Meditation soothes the nervous system and puts you right back in balance. It doesn't have to super hard, long or complicated. Check out YouTube videos for easy guided meditations. I sit five minutes every morning in silence and then write the ten things I am grateful for and why.
That's it, I said it was a super simple process, I didn't say it was easy. Knowing what to do is not the same thing as doing it. Becoming fat adapted takes some time and patience. Like meditation, it is a practice, not a perfect.