Happy Halloween Everyone!
Another food-centered holiday – a minefeld for those of us with celiac and/or food allergies.
We will again be distributing an allergy-friendly treat for Halloween (Yummy Earth Organic Lollipops) and participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project.
Trick-or-Treating is fun, so we let our son(s) do the rounds in the neighborhood with Daddy and bring home their stash for sorting (minus a few safe bites). We use the Gluten-Free Candy List 2015 to verify GF safety and have ourselves a little gorge-fest (and ensuing sugar coma), then buy the rest of it from the kiddo(s) to send with Daddy to the office the next day. All unsafe candy automatically goes into that pile from the get-go.
The boys got to wear their costumes last weekend at the Arboretum’s Ghouls & Giggles Event.
There was a Teddy Bear Band and Trick-or-Treating along a trail in the woods. The maples were gorgeous, and everythign smelled like Fall.
I chose the astronaut costume for baby, and older brother decided to match. Daddy is always telling people that Big Bro will invent the first Warp-Core Engine and double-dog dare Baby to fly it. Gotta be an astronaut to do that, right?!
All that sugar impairs immunity. And every year like clockwork, all the kids at school get sick right after Halloween. One year, poor Alex even developed pneumonia. Oy, that was scary!
This year we are prepared – above and beyond eating nutrient-dense foods and vitamin D.
I armed myself with a bottle of Young Living’s Thieves essential oil. Legend has it, this oil protected four thieves from the Black Plague back in the Dark Ages. It really seems to work! If there is a hint of illness approaching, I place a few drops in a diffuser at bedtime (only for those of us older than 6!) and it works its magic. Science has verified the power of essential oil medicinal compounds. They are often superior to conventional antimicrobials and they do not develop resistant strains of pathogens. Lavender and Frankincense are safe for (conservative) use on babies, while peppermint should never be used on anyone under the age of 6.
I have been learning about and using essential oils for a few months now, and I must say I am impressed. Veriditas Botanicals (local Minneapolis company) have been my favorite products, although I also use Aura Cacia, Young Living and Mercola (all organic versions only!)
Here’s wishing you all a safe and happy Halloween!