Tuesday night on Jay Leno, President Obama shared that the First Lady has been handing out fruit and raisins for the last couple years on Halloween.
He added, “The White House is going to get ‘egged’.” Michelle Obama’s preference for healthy Halloween snacks is not surprising – she has been campaigning for healthy lifestyles with her Let’s Move campaign since February 2010.
This morning in our staff meeting we were talking about the potential White House “egging” which led to a discussion on diet.
We weren’t just thinking about the impact of food on our health, but how important it is for our sense of community and togetherness (think family dinners and cocktail parties). This conversation is especially relevant now with Thanksgiving and the winter holidays right around the corner.
I wish food could be only a source of joy, but too often it can complicate our lives and health. What makes diet such a frustrating issue to change, is that you have to eat. Getting people to stop smoking (though very difficult) is easier. . . you don’t have to continue smoking.
With the holidays approaching our staff is pushing me to do a series on nutrition. Can we find a balance between eating the delicious foods we love and maintaining a healthy diet?
Another reason why that might be a good idea is that patient issues tend to rise around the holidays. With all the planning and the sometimes stressful family interactions, it’s important for us to have the tools available to help clients with the specific problems that come with the holiday season.
Please let me know if you think you might like a short mini-series on food and healthy eating.
Meanwhile, what will you be handing out this Halloween? Do you have any healthy snack ideas for your trick-or-treaters?