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I came across this video where kids trade into their Halloween candy for smoothies! Great idea for a teacher that wants to keep order in the classroom the week after Halloween!

Honestly, I don’t know why we do this to our selves. Halloween kicks off a season of over sugaring ourselves, our families and friends. No wonder gyms do so well signing up people in January. It’s when people finally stop blindly grabbing the sugar fix and start thinking about fixing the insulin resistance, inflammation, bloating and extra pounds that all that extra sugar has caused.

Challenge yourself to doing the holidays differently this year – get rid of the extra Halloween candy laying around the house. You could “donate it” to the landfill — God knows your hips and thighs don’t need it! Trade that sweet stuff in for some whole fruit, fruit smoothies, or sweet winter vegetables steamed and sprinkled with cinnamon. You’ll get rid of the sugar roller coaster of moods and energy and feel an even stream of energy throughout the day.

Next get someĀ  exercise. As the hours of daylight wane, combat the blues that come from missing that sunshine with some good, old fashion movement! Figure out a daily routine that involves 20 to 30 minutes of movement. It could be walking, jumping rope, dancing, doing yoga stretches — what ever you choose your mind and body will thank you. Even better yet — select an activity and do it with someone. You’ll keep one another on track and both be in a better mood for it!

Remember, you are not a slave to that candy that is staring at you from your son or daughter’s halloween stash, or from your own overbought cache of goodies. Remove it from your sight and move on to a healthier you!

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I know that I could go on and on about healthy foods and the ways in which the industrial food system does not contribute to the health and economic welfare of people and communities. But today I want you all to hear it from someone else. Please listen to words of this 11 year old who wants to grow up to be an organic farmer rather than a professional football player.

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