A Less Sweet Halloween
As the season of eating and cravings begins soon with the sweetest event, Halloween, our brain parts are going to be active. They’ve dressed for the occasion, and are here to guide you and your children through the maze of choices to go with the holiday. First the bad news. Researchers from the University of New South Wales Australia and the Indian Council of Medical Research have found that eating a ton of sugar as a little kid can have an effect on your brain similar to that of experiencing serious trauma! While this study was limited, it did show that excess amounts of sugar intake have the same effect as stress and cortisol levels to the brain. When kids are under stress, guess which part of the brain is in charge? That’s right, the amygdala (guard dog)! And we all know what that looks like. Reactive behavior increases, poor decision-making increases, the ability to solve problems decreases, behavior problems increase, etc. What to do?
Take a look:
26 Healthy Halloween Treats for Trick-or-Treating (Kid approved)
Mindful Little Ghosts?
Our nervous system is beautifully designed to react super-quickly to any sense of potential danger to your safety or well-being…for children, Halloween may conger up imagined danger stimulating a similar reaction. The imagined danger can start lurking several weeks before the actual event. Help them settle rather than react using these simple mindful exercises to stabilize their feelings.