Celebrating Halloween on The Body Ecology Diet
Originally published on October 30th, 2019.
Tara Carpenter, NC.
Holistic nutrition for digestion; specialized in yeast overgrowth.
Here it is, the day before Halloween and I am officially ready to write this post. Though, I practiced Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D) since 2010, I have taken until now to sit with a quiet enough head and space around me to write because I have been busy with my kids!! Now they are mostly grown (one has left home), I find myself spilling over with fun ideas we did over the years to celebrate this spooky holiday.
I hope my list below will make celebrating with your own kiddos that much more fun ….
All food ideas listed are free of artificial colors, gluten, yeast, pasteurized dairy, and refined sugar making them perfect for kids of all ages on Body Ecology Diet B.E.D. that are healing a gut flora imbalance related health condition (i.e., Candida, autism, eczema).
I have never seen a reason why a child should be put in the position of being left out during a holiday because they can’t eat this or that. As a parent, I have done all I can to assure my children felt included during Halloween; even if corn syrup and artificial candy was where we went.
Having successfully navigated this path for many years in a row I hope my enthusiasm and dedication rubs off and you will find something below that your kids will enjoy and feel excited about!
Halloween Treats & Ideas for Kids on The Body Ecology Diet
- Be a Switch Witch or Candy Fairy and replace candy kids get trick-or-treating with a toy (my oldest happily traded money for candy).
- Almond hearts or cinnamon Kisses wrapped in cellophane bags and tied with an orange/black bow.
- Toasty coconut truffles or sunny cocoa truffles* packaged in Halloween decorated boxes from a party store.
- A coloring book full of Halloween pictures and box of crayons.
- Make breakfast spookier by cutting pancakes into ghosts and witches with cookie cutters.
- Shape stevia chocolates in fun Halloween silicone molds.
- Dime store toys are wonderful for small rubber animals or a tiny bottle of bubbles or Oriental Trading Company has tiny trinkets.
- Cut cookies into small bats and pumpkins with B.E.D.-friendly almond roll out dough or coconut roll out dough.
- Wrap a ball of play dough in wax paper and tie up in a bow with a Halloween cookie cutter.
- Join Teal Pumpkin Project; offer trick-or-treaters non-food items.
- Make tiny, bite-sized oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.
- Carrot cupcakes with flax frosting (add pureed pumpkin into frosting to turn orange!) made in Halloween baking cups.
- If your kids get into sugary treats, here are ideas by Donna Gates, founder of B.E.D. to help come down from the sugar high.
- Keep a bottle of CocoBiotic on hand during holidays.
- Put the above treats and trinkets inside orange ‘n black plastic eggs.
- Make artsy apple pumpkin stamps!
✨✨Okay, time to get on your broom you creative witch and make this Halloween a B.E.D-friendly one!
Note: During the initial stage of B.E.D., best to limit or avoid foods marked with an (*) if your child has bloating, diarrhea, abdominal pain, etc. These foods can be woven back in after 6+ weeks as they progress and feel better.
May all bellies be happy!