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Happy Healthy Halloween!

Halloween is just around the corner!!

It is the time of year that children live for! Getting dressed up, gathering up loads and loads of treats! And while the evening is a great deal of fun, the aftermath is often hard to handle!
Below you will find an article from Hillcrest South Dietitian Nasrin Sinichi, providing some great ideas for parents and how to handle the over abundance of Halloween treats –
Have a safe and moderate Halloween!
From the Team at Johnston Health and Laser Center

Parents – Tips for Managing Halloween Candy Overload

Hillcrest South dietitian Nasrin Sinichi, MS, RD/LD, talks about a healthy way to approach Halloween and all that candy!

For health-conscious parents, Halloween can be tricky. Do you set limits? Do you let kids decide how much to eat?  There isn’t just one right answer. Instead, use your best judgment given what you know about your child’s personality and eating habits.

Kids who generally eat just a couple of pieces and save the rest might be trusted to decide how much to eat. But if your child tends to overdo it, consider setting limits.

Tips for handling the Halloween treats

Before kids go trick-or-treating, try to serve a healthy meal so they’re not hungry when the candy starts coming in.

Consider being somewhat lenient about candy eating on Halloween, within reason, and talk about how the rest of the candy will be handled. Candy and snacks shouldn’t get in the way of kids eating healthy meals.

Encourage your kids to be mindful of the amount of candy and snacks eaten and to stop before they feel full or sick.

If a child is overweight or you’d just like to reduce the Halloween stash consider buying back some or all of the remaining Halloween candy. This acknowledges the candy belongs to the child and provides a treat in the form of a little spending money.

Let them trade in their Halloween candy for something they have been wanting, like a video game, book, toy, trip to the movies, etc. or for fewer pieces of their favorite candy or treat.

Know how much candy your child has collected and store it somewhere other than the child’s room. Having it so handy can be an irresistible temptation for many kids.

Parents of young children should also remove any choking hazards such as gum, peanuts, hard candies and small toys.

Prepare a healthier alternative to the Halloween candy that they will bring home, including fruits, sugar-free treats, etc.

Tell children not to accept, and especially, not to eat anything that isn’t commercially wrapped.

Try to apportion treats for the days following Halloween.

The day after Halloween, set limits for kids, say three pieces of candy after school each day, and then ask them to eat or do something related to health after they’ve met that share.

Be a role model by eating Halloween candy in moderation yourself. To help avoid temptation, buy your candy at the last minute and get rid of any leftovers.

When to Throw Away

An unusual appearance or discoloration

Tiny pinholes or tears in wrappers

Spoiled or unwrapped items

Homemade items or baked goods should be discarded unless you personally know who gave them.

When in doubt, throw it out.

Candy Alternatives
You also can offer some alternatives to candy to the trick-or-treaters who come to your door. Here are some treats you might give out:

Promote a healthy Halloween in your neighborhood by handing out alternatives to candy such as party favors or trading cards, non-food treats, like stickers, pencils, toys, temporary tattoos, false teeth, little bottles of bubbles and small games, small boxes of raisins, healthy popcorn and sugar-free candy.

Give out individually packaged healthy treats like nuts, small bags of pretzels, sugar-free gum, trail mix, raisins, sunflower or pumpkin seeds, cashews, whole grain crackers, little bags of microwave popcorn or small boxes of cereal.

Have some treats available for children who may have allergies to peanuts or other nuts.

Skip the Halloween candy sale on November 1st. Cheap bags of candy may seem like a good buy, but you don’t need the extra sugar and calories.

However, there are some kids who need to be extra careful. Children with diabetes, for instance, may have to follow strict guidelines as to how much candy they can have, if any. If your child has a health condition that could be exacerbated by a spike in blood sugar, definitely talk to your doctor for guidance on how to handle Halloween treats.

Healthy Lunches – September 2017 Version!

The daunting task of making lunches for your family is now in full swing .  The importance of packing a healthy lunch for your kids has a huge impact on their health and ability to concentrate during the day.  It can, however, be very difficult trying to keep your lunch bag routines from getting stale or over processed.   Lisa, (mother of two sets of school aged twins!!) from www.whatlisacooks.com shares 1000 lunchtime recipes for you and your family to try out this school year. Click on the photo above to find the complete list.  It will come in handy when you are looking for some new and fun things to add to you family’s lunchtime routine.

 

Adventures in Gardening

How is your garden making out?  Has the damp weather effected your garden yet?
We’d love to see some of your progress….post pictures to our Facebook Page!

Recently we have posted some tips on which veggies are available locally to add to your recipe list – Check out the article here

Our pet dog, Jasper, has been trying to keep the squirrels away from Dr. Will’s Garden….but it is a full time job for Jasper!

We have also heard of an abundance of rabbits in the are that are taking down some of the home garden crops already.  Here are a few tips to keep rabbits away from your garden:

  1. Fencing. As with protection against other wildlife, the top recommendation is the use of fencing around the garden (or other area to which the rabbits are attracted) with 1/2- to 1-inch mesh chicken wire. The fence should be at least 2 feet high to keep rabbits from jumping over it. To prevent then from burrowing under it, the fencing should extend at least six inches below ground or be secured to the ground to keep the bottom edge tight. Electric net fencing also can be used for temporary control around seasonal gardens.
  2. Individual plant protection. Use 1/4- to 1/2-inch-mesh poultry netting to create cylinders to protect new trees, shrubs or vines. Again, the fencing should be buried to prevent burrowing and the cylinder should be at least 2 to 4 inches greater than the diameter of the plant and braced away from it to prevent rabbits from pushing the netting and reaching through to nibble
  3. Habitat Modification. If you have found evidence of rabbit nesting, remove it, and modify or block off the area to keep them from coming back in. Proactively reduce nesting options by removing low shrubbery branches that provide harborage for rabbits; eliminating tall, dense vegetation and wood and debris piles; controlling vegetation along fence rows; and sealing spaces beneath buildings.

But remember, like the squirrels, rabbits are clever, fast and RELENTLESS!!!

While the Spring has been quite wet and the forecast somewhat rainy, it is golf season!   With twisted posture and the failure to warm up, golf can cause injury and aches. The Canadian Chiropractic Association has outlined 4 stretches that are designed to help reduce the occurrence of injury and quite possibly help out with your golf game.:)

GOLF STRETCHES

Four Easy Stretches for Golfers

1. Hip Flexor Lungegolf-1

Stand with your feet shoulder width apart. Step one foot forward into a lunge position. Keep your body upright and back straight. Bend both knees so that you feel the stretch. Do not let your forward knee pass over the ankle of your front foot. Use a golf club to keep your balance. Hold 15 seconds. Repeat twice on each side.

2. Seated Twistgolf2

Sit on a bench or golf cart with your knees together and feet flat, pointing forward. Reach across the front of your body and grasp the back of the bench or cart. You should experience a stretch in your spinal muscles. Hold 15 seconds. Repeat twice on each side.

3. Seated Forward Bendgolf3

Sit on a bench or golf cart, knees bent and feet flat. Place one ankle onto your opposite knee, and relax this leg so that your knee falls out to the side. Slowly bend forward, keeping your back straight. You may gently pull on your bent knee to generate a deeper stretch. You should feel a stretch in your buttock area. Hold 15 seconds. Repeat twice on each side.

4. Side Bending Stretchgolf4

Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Hold the golf club above your head with your arms straight. Slowly bend to one side, without rotating, until you feel a stretch along the side of your back. Hold 15 seconds. Repeat twice on each side.

Source – https://www.chiropractic.ca/resources/golf-stretches/

Laser Therapy in the News – Treatment for Pain

Bio Flex Laser has recently highlighted a  CBC article, there is “’Overwhelming evidence’ arthroscopic surgery ineffective for arthritic knees, expert panel says” (http://bit.ly/2qwtIBO).

BioFlex Laser Therapy provides relief for many arthritic conditions. In the following case study, a 64-year-old patient was pain-free and asymptomatic after ONLY 13 BioFlex Laser Therapy treatments! (Case profile 1) Read about it here: http://bit.ly/2rS9AKy in ‘Laser Therapy for the Treatment of Arthritic Knees: A Clinical Case Profile’

Have questions about Laser Therapy? Take a look at FAQ 
If you would like to learn more about how Bio Flex Laser can help your specific injury or symptom, please contact Johnston Health and Laser Center to book a free consultation at info@johnstonhealthcenter.com