The Halloween decorations and costumes are all put away, the Jack O’ Lanterns are gone. It is time to gear up for our next holiday – Thanksgiving. But since most kids come home from trick or treating with pounds of candy, the Halloween treats are likely still lingering.
The thing about candy and sugar is, the more you eat, the more you want. So once kids get started, it is hard to stop eating the candy (and adults too, it is not easy for us to have those candy bags laying around is it?).
All the empty calories and artificial colorings in candy can contribute to tooth decay, weight gain, mood swings, focus issues, and there is some evidence to show that diets high in sugar also can lead to heart disease and reduced immunity. According to Dr. Sears, “the immune-suppressing effect of sugar starts less than thirty minutes after ingestion and may last for five hours.”
Don’t worry – it is not too late to invite the Switch Witch to come for a visit!!
The Switch Witch travels the world in the days that follow Halloween trading toys for the candy, sort of like the “Tooth Fairy” of Halloween. She is a kind and fair witch, so she even suggests that the kids pick a few choice ones to keep (mom and dad can decide how many), and then leave the rest outside their door before they go to sleep. Kids wake up the next morning looking forward to their surprise, instead of lamenting over the missing candy.
My friend Jill told me the Switch Witch fable 4 years ago, and I was hooked! I loved the Switch Witch tale so much, that I decided that kids should know why the Switch Witch does this, and who she is. So I decided to write the book: Serena the Switch Witch, a fun eBook about a little witch named Serena and how she came to be known “The Switch Witch.” Serena is a creative little witch that loves to play with her cat Spook, invent fun new magic spells (like turning rocks into toys), and she also loves candy! Read Serena the Switch Witch to find out why Serena has to travel the world after Halloween trading candy for a toy.
Try reading Serena the Switch Witch to your kids, and see if they would like her to pay them a visit! Available on Amazon Kindle for just $3.99 (free for Prime or Kindle Unlimited)!
What to do with the candy Serena takes away? Bring it to a Candy Buy Back program – find a location near you!
Read this article for some other Tricks for Handling those Halloween Treats.
Article written by Nutritionist Sara Vance, author of the book The Perfect Metabolism Plan A regular guest on Fox 5 San Diego, you can see many of Sara’s segments on her media page. She also offers corporate nutrition, school programs, consultations, and affordable online eCourses. Download her free 40+ page Metabolism Jumpstart eBook here.
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