5 Tips for a Healthier Halloween for Kids (& Adults) with Autoimmune
1. Have a Plan. You know best how your body reacts to inflammation
triggers. Have a conversation and recognize what your limitations and
needs for a fun night out may be. For example, if you suffer from IBS
may need to plan more rest stops or a shorter neighborhood route.
2. Avoid Sugar Alcohols If you have Crohn’s disease, the Cleveland
Clinic recommends avoiding candies made with sugar alcohols like
sorbitol and mannitol, which can make gastrointestinal symptoms
3. Stay Away from Gluten Gluten is a common trigger for inflammation even if you don’t deal with a specific autoimmune disorder. Check out this list of Gluten
Free Candy from the Celiac Disease Foundation.
4. Read the Labels For those living with Type 1 Diabetes, make sure to check candy
labels for grams of sugar, carbohydrates, and calories to make sure
you know how much insulin you’ll need to balance insulin to carb
5. Look for Alternatives If you have kiddos that are going door to door, look out for teal pumpkins on your neighbors’ doorsteps. This indicates a house that
offers non-food items for trick-or-treaters with food allergies or
sensitivities, such as glow sticks, stickers, or small toys. You can also
get adventurous in the kitchen and try making your own treats. We
loved these easy recipes from Amy Myers MD
Limiting sugar and vegetable oil intake in general is a great plan to reduce inflammation in your body. This includes the spooky cocktails or fried appetizers that may be served at your neighborhood party.
If you do overdo it this weekend, try these steps to reduce the inflammation
as quickly as possible. Most importantly take notes on how you feel for next
time so you can avoid preventable inflammatory pain.
● Drink plenty of water to help flush your systems. Aim for about half of
your body weight in ounces.
● Eat more fruits, vegetables and antioxidant rich foods the day after
your indulgence. This will help your body fight the inflammation.
● Move your body with gentle or low impact activity.
If you find yourself struggling to manage your chronic inflammation, autoimmune or gut issues, request a free consultation with our Team. Call 678-813-3603 or use the contact form on this site to receive more information on how we can help you.