Do you feel stress or nervous energy creeping in at the thought of an abundance of mishloach manos (read: sugar and treats) available to your kids?
Take a deep breath and read below to promote a healthy balance (both nutritionally and emotionally) so you can skip the stress and experience a more positive and meaningful Purim.
- Relax – do not be overly emotional or calculated. Enjoy and experience the day to the fullest without letting the anxiety of how much sugar your child is eating interfere. Remember what it was like to be a kid (and even and adult!) on Purim, and channel that excitement towards being happy, positive and productive, not anxious and stressed.
- Feed your kids as usual. At least aim for a filling breakfast (let’s be practical). While it is ideal to have a balance of healthy food and treats; understandably, the balance may be tilted towards the treats on Purim, but at least let your kids (and yourself) eat those treats on a well-fed stomach. This promotes an increased enjoyment and satisfaction as opposed to eating quickly out of hunger.
- Give each child their own (gallon) Ziploc bag or container to put their candy and nosh in. Label it with their name and let them know that their stash will be safe in there. This way they can eat some and save the rest without being worried that others will take it.
- Have balanced snacks available to munch on (even if you are skeptical that they will actually get eaten). Ideas include string cheese with a fruit, pretzels with hummus and yogurt with granola. An “in-sight” platter with cut up vegetables and dip is great to have available as well; you may be surprised at how much of that platter disappears throughout the day. Low on time and energy and/or do not want to wash and cut up vegetables? Prepare a platter in no time with: (canned) pickles, baby corn and olives, a bag of baby carrots and a container of shelled edamame.
- Relax and repeat this mantra: “The sooner they eat it, the sooner it’s done.” This may help teach them to pace themselves, and if internalized, it will also help calm you. It’s a win-win – either they slow down or you remind yourself that if your kids eat their nosh quickly, it isn’t so terrible because then it is done and in the past sooner.
Wishing everyone a meaningful, happy, healthy and delicious Purim!
Disclaimer: The information relayed is not meant to be used as Medical Nutrition Therapy or to contradict a medically prescribed diet. Please consult with your physician if you have specific questions regarding your specific health.