Here we are…nearly at the end of the harvest season!  I have so much to be thankful and grateful for!  This past weekend, we celebrated the Grand Opening of the Elmira Wellness Centre.  I am so glad that I get to be a part of such a great group of professionals that are passionate about helping people stay well.  Thank you to all of you who made it out and gave us such a great community welcome!  To those of you who missed it, our doors are always open… (well, Monday thru Friday by appointment please!)

Now on to other things…  As I’m sure you are all well aware, this week brings Halloween.  As a Nutritionist and a mom, I do happen to have some opinions on the matter!  First of all, there can be much debate as to whether or not to allow children to participate in an event that has some dark roots.  My husband and I have decided to allow our children take part.  We see it as a night where everyone turns on their lights and welcomes the children.  There is a strong sense of community and may be the last time everyone congregates until the first big snowstorm!  We skip the scary houses and costumes and focus on the fun.  As for the big bag of treats the boys come home with, we allow them to indulge a bit on the night of.  After about a week of pawing through their bags, they are each given a medium sized freezer bag to put their favourites into.  From this stash, they are allowed one treat daily.  While I have struggled with the idea of daily treats, my kids don’t get very much in the way of processed foods where there are lots of hidden sugars, our cereal intake is minimal and juice is seen as a treat.  I figure with those safe guards in place, one treat daily is nothing to stress about.  Really, it is about the day to day living and not the one night of collected candy that we need to focus on.  Something that I toil with is the copious amounts of candy that my children are offered on a regular, daily basis from the teller at the grocery store, school, the dentist’s office and sporting events as well as the upcoming holidays where sweets seem to be abundantly available.  While I appreciate the gesture and the generosity that it is being offered from, I question what is being offered.  I am noticing in some places, the candy is being replaced with stickers, tattoos and such.  I applaud these efforts. My children are getting old enough now to answer for themselves.  My desire for them is to learn balance.  Sometimes they say, “yes please,” and other times, “no thank you.”  I think we are getting there…

As for what we will be handing out on Thursday evening – I’ve decided to give away glow bracelets.  They are fun and kids like them.  They were super affordable too!  I bought 60 bracelets for $10!  Other years, we have done 100% juice boxes, play dough, curvy straws and real fruit strips.  What will you hand out?  Please leave it in the comments below.