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A Candy-Free Halloween

As someone who’s been gluten-free for a while now, I should know better. But yesterday I “glutenated” myself with a mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. (Ok, so it was obviously more than one. It’s a well known fact that no one can eat just one.) I really used to love those things, but I now know all too well just how bad they really are. I also noticed a weird chemical after taste that I don’t remember ever existing before. And of course, being highly sensitive to whatever is in these little cups besides peanut butter, I was sick for the rest of the night.
Which brings me to my Halloween decision for this year — a candy-free Halloween! I’m not being a revolutionary deciding this, as there are clearly lots of families who’ve given up the candy idea for healthier, more fun options. I read a fun blog post, “Real Food Tips: 20 Ways to do Halloween without candy” listing all kinds of alternatives to handing out candy along with some great ideas on what to do with all the masses of candy your kid will collect on his or her Trick or Treating outing. I personally love the idea of handing out the glow sticks. And as I read through the comments on the post, one person mentioned decorating clementines like little jack-o-lanterns with a Sharpie! Love that idea, too.

So, if you want to kick the GMO candy habit and go for something fun and healthy, use a little imagination and come up with something creative on your own. Or use one of the many fun ideas floating around on Pinterest and several blogs out there by super crafty moms. There’s nothing wrong with sharing a great idea and keeping all the nasty, GMO-laced candy out of our kiddos this Halloween. Or all the candy-filled holidays to come, for that matter. There’s no better time to start building healthy habits for our children than right now.

And just in case you aren’t familiar with all the GMO candies out there, here’s a great list.

Incidentally, GMOs are not the only reason to forego the candy at all the holidays, of course, but they happen to be completely unchecked in 90% of the candy out on the market that our kids just love to beg for. If you happen to live in California, you can help make a huge difference in the fight to get GMOs labeled in ALL foods, including all the candy within your child’s reach at every check out counter on the planet. California residents please VOTE YES to PROP 37!! We all have a right to know what’s in our food, especially the food our children love to eat!


A bowl full of fun surprises…stickers, dracula teeth, scary finger tips, whistles…none of which contain GMOs or contribute to sugar overload. Win-win!

Have a safe and healthy Halloween!

To a happier, healthier and longer life.


Food Democracy Now | Obama Goes Rogue on GMOs – Tell him to say NO to Monsanto

The battle over our food supply continues. Obama and his administration continue to ignore the protests from family farmers, organic growers and consumers of organic and local farming goods. Monsanto is pushing for more contamination of our food supply with GMOs. The latest in this trend is the deregulated GMO Alfalfa and partially deregulated GMO sugar beets. These two crops could enter into our food supply as early as this spring.

It’s frustrating to people like me who are always trying to keep GMOs and other unnatural specimen from our household foods. The only way to stop this is to let your voice be as loud as ever! Read the article. Sign the petition. Share with everyone who prefers to eat clean foods. This issue is very important to me and should be important to everyone who strives to be/live/eat healthy. This is an outright contamination of our food source and a certain death to small, organic, family farmers. Put a stop to this insanity!

Food Democracy Now | Obama Goes Rogue on GMOs – Tell him to say NO to Monsanto.

Food Democracy Now | Stand up for Farmer and Citizen Rights – Tell Obama to Ban Monsanto’s GMO Alfalfa!

After watching the movie, Food, Inc. this past week, I feel even more strongly about abolishing GMOs from our food supply, among other issues. Click on the link below to read about Monsanto’s new GM Alfalfa. Sign the petition to send the message to President Obama to stop genetically altering our food supply.

Food Democracy Now | Stand up for Farmer and Citizen Rights – Tell Obama to Ban Monsanto’s GMO Alfalfa!.