By Vicky Rinek On Tuesday, October 31 hundreds of super-villains, heroes and princesses will be running around on the streets collecting countless pounds of treats. But it’s not about the candy as much as it is about the costume. The most popular superhero is Spiderman. The two super-villains that rank in the top 10 are Darth Vader and the Joker. Little girls love princesses of all sorts. It’s a popular tradition and many Tri-Community merchants work to keep it safe, fun and exciting for our little ones. It can be an expensive night with merchants handing out as much as 10 to 20 5-pound bags of candy. But the scariest part of Halloween is what all this candy can do to you and your children. How can we manage the sugar overdose our children will face? You’ve probably heard this a million times before… but it’s worth repeating. Sugar is the worst ingredient in the modern diet. It can have harmful effects on the metabolism and contribute to all sorts of diseases. Sugar contains NO essential nutrients, for that reason, they call sugar empty calories but it’s worse than empty... it’s loaded with trouble. There are no proteins, essential fats, vitamins, or minerals…just pure energy (calories). Sugar is also very bad for the teeth, because it provides easily digestible energy for the bad bacteria in the mouth. Many studies show that sugar consumption is associated with insulin resistance. Having too much sugar can bring on complications of diabetes, blindness, obesity, cardiovascular disease, etc. Multiple studies show that people who eat a lot of sugar are at a much higher risk of getting cancer. Also, sugar cases a large release of dopamine in the brain – therefore, it can cause addiction. Dopamine plays a role in controlling the flow of information from other areas of the brain, effecting movement, memory, sleep, mood, pleasurable reward, behavior, and cognition. Bottom line, there is considerable evidence that sugar, due to its effect on metabolism, can contribute to many health issues. Now, how can we reduce the amount of candy our children consume, and still let them enjoy trick-or-treating? Abigail Van Buren had a nice article on candy overload, and one possible solution. DEAR ABBY: Halloween is approaching. Years ago, when my sons were in preschool, their teacher told parents about the “Candy Witch.” She said most kids, especially little ones – like wearing costumes and going trick-or-treating. However, getting the candy is not as important. She suggested parents have their kids pick out 10 pieces of candy and leave the rest out for the Candy Witch. In return, the next morning they would find a little toy (or a new book or school supply) left for them. It would be up to the parents to decide what to do with the leftover candy. We did this for many years, and there was never an argument over how much candy our kids would eat. I hope you agree this is a helpful suggestion. Loves the Candy Witch in Albuquerque. Dear LOVES: Not only do I agree, but I’m also sure any parent whose child has overdosed on sugar will too. Thanks for sharing it.
Written October 10, 2017
Surprising benefits to meeting new people
For many, participating in, as well as becoming a member of, a club or organization is not in their comfort zone. Staying at home, doing those things that fit into your life style feels rights. Why not continue with the status quo, and avoid the risk of new or unfamiliar surroundings? Why brother to venture out and meet new people? Making new friends may take a back seat to other priorities, such as work or caring for children or aging parents. Or maybe you’ve moved to a new community and haven’t yet found a way to meet people. At the end of the day there are many advantages in meeting new people and getting out there to take chances. While it can be daunting, meeting new people can actually be good for your health. Friendships can have a major impact on your health and well-being, but it’s not always easy to build or maintain friendships. Good friends are good for your health. Friends can help you celebrate good times and provide support during bad times. Friends prevent loneliness and give you a chance to offer needed companionship, too. Friends can also: Increase your sense of belonging and purpose Boost your happiness and reduce your stress Improve your self-confidence and self-worth Help you cope with traumas, such as divorce, serious illness, job loss or the death of a loved one Encourage you to change or avoid unhealthy lifestyle habits, such as excessive drinking or lack of exercise Friends also play a significant role in promoting your overall health. Adults with strong social support have a reduced risk of many significant health problems, including depression, high blood pressure and an unhealthy body mass index (BMI). Studies have even found that older adults with a rich social life are likely to live longer than their peers with fewer connections. (source Mayo Clinic). Enjoying a diverse network of acquaintances isn’t just a young person’s game. Developing and maintaining good friendships takes effort. The enjoyment and comfort friendship can provide, however, makes the investment worthwhile. How can you develop new friendships? Start by visiting local clubs and organizations. They always welcome guests and are happy to give you information about their activities and service projects. They are individuals like you, that took the first step to find new friends. Some of the Tri-Community clubs you may visit include: • Chambers of Commerce for Wrightwood, Phelan, and Pinon Hills. They are open to business owners and individuals. • Tri-Community Kiwanis. They meet in Phelan on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays at the Pizza Factory • The Timberline Lions Club. They meet in Wrightwood on the 4th Thursday at the Wrightwood Community Building Benefits to joining are numerous, and you may even fine a few truly close friends who will be there for you through thick and thin.
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