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As this article is published on November 1, in the United States it’s the day after Halloween!  That means there is candy — often the good chocolate — everywhere.  As rainwater after a storm has a way of seeping to the lowest point of your yard and basement to cause destruction, so does the candy at this time of the year as it find its way into every possible location — including our own stomachs.

According to Joanne Graham, a registered dietitian at Sacramento State in California, the typical jack-o-lantern bucket contains 250 pieces of candy amounting to 9,000 calories.  That’s the equivalent of 16 and a half McDonald’s Big Macs, or 85 and a half cans of Coke. It’s a whole lot of calories with zero or little nutritional value. 

For those of us with sugar problems to begin with, the over-abundance of candy everywhere sets us up for a continuation of a cycle we’re sadly familiar with — that of consuming too much sugar each day for no reason at all.  Halloween often cements a habit of indulging a sweet tooth throughout all of November and December, waiting for January and “a fresh start.”  Oh, yes, we know the pattern!

It’s time to remember my five favorite words from the Bible:  “And it came to pass “

Pass It On

How do you pass all that candy at your house?  How do you pass it out of your system?  Here are some great suggestions from savvy parents and a terrific “day after” recipe that will cleanse your system and help you get on the healthy track again.

Divide It

When our children were young we gave everyone a couple of days to eat whatever they wanted.  Then, with a little fanfare and gentle validation for their feelings, we gathered things up and divided it between “the good stuff” and “the junk stuff.” 

The “good stuff” was placed into little zipper baggies and put away for treats at the movies. The “junk” stuff — suckers, gum, jawbreakers, and so on, were put in a box to use for our gingerbread houses in December.  By Christmas it was too old and icky to eat — but still colorful and fun for our special gingerbread house day.

Bottle It

My husband has memories of choosing his favorite pieces and putting a few in mason
jars.  Throughout the long winter they were allowed on special occasions to get out a jar of candy. 

Exchange for Cash

Another family I know actually pays the children for their candy after the first day or two.  They love it.  Some communities have drop-off points sponsored by dentists or doctors that provide a prize or incentive.

Exchange for Gifts

Still another family creates a special visit from the Halloween Witch a day or two after the big night.  They leave their candy on the front porch, and she leaves a present in exchange.  Everybody’s happy!  The parents quietly throw the candy away and no one is the wiser.

Mail It to Troops in Iraq

Operation Gratitude sends care packages to troops overseas, and your Jolly Ranchers and Almond Joys are welcome. You only pay to ship it to California, but an extra $11 donation covers overseas postage. If you include chocolate, put it in a plastic bag in case it melts. Operation Shoebox is another organization that mails packages to Iraq.

Post an ad on CraigsList or Freecycle 

That’s right!  Just post an ad for FREE CANDY and watch it be gone.  Our favorite thing to do is to post in the ad that it is free, then provide the address after contact is made with someone who wants it.  We put it on the front porch or by the mailbox.  It is picked up and we never see it again.

Have an Arts and Crafts Day

Make necklaces with the wrapped candy.  Make sculptures and collage.  Use lots of glue and anything necessary to make it inedible.  Lots of it will end up in the trash and think of the fun memories that come with playing with all that candy.  Make sure you have your camera handy for this fun experience!

Office Friends, Postmen, Trash Men, Service People

Of course, the trashman and mailman may be happy to enjoy it as well.  And the old standby to “take it to the office” still works.

Pass It Though Your System

For we grown-ups who have indulged for a day or two, it’s time to pass it through our systems as quickly as possible.  Although this recipe may not appeal to youngsters, make it with less water so the puree is thicker and and can be sneaked into some other favorites soups, casseroles or dishes.

Don’t forget my herbal detox tea at www.MyMiracleTea.com.  It’s unsurpassed for doing a gentle, thorough cleansing after indulgences and flattens the tummy as well.

Ingredients:
1 medium leek
1/2 pound zucchini
8 cups loosely packed romaine lettuce
10 sprigs flat-leaf parsley
2 quarts water
2 teaspoons salt, more as desired
butter (optional)
grated parmesan cheese (optional)

Directions:

1)       Halve the leek lengthwise and rinse under cold running water. Chop the leek coarsely, including white and light green parts. Scrub the zucchini and trim ends but do not peel. Quarter zucchini lengthwise and then cut each quarter crosswise into 1-inch cubes.

2)       Stack the lettuce leaves on top of one another and, using a large knife, cut the leaves into thin strips.

3)       Chop the parsley leaves and stems.

4)       Place the leek, zucchini, lettuce and parsley in a large pot and add enough water to cover. Sprinkle with salt and bring to a boil.

5)       Cover, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer gently for 30 minutes. Remove from the heat; uncover and set aside to cool for at least 10 minutes.

6)       Transfer the mixture to a blender or food processor and puree. Taste and adjust seasoning accordingly. Return to the pot and heat just until it simmers.

Serve immediately, if desired with a little butter, parmesan and/or cream placed in the center of the soup and swirled to combine.