Monday Mashup! An October-ish question…
Welcome to October! Where has the time gone?!
Today is Child Health Day so I want to offer some help for newbies to the dye-free scene, while tying it into the whole Halloween theme. Monday Mashup is a group effort, and we all learn from each other, so please jump right in!
I started this blog on Halloween almost one year ago, because I love everything that goes along with this celebration, including the sweets. I’ve never hidden the fact that I love candy. But there is a scarier side to this thrilling time of year still. Our choices are very different now that we avoid synthetic petroleum-based additives like food coloring (Red 40, Yellow 5 & 6, etc.), preservatives (BHA, BHT, TBHQ, and sodium benzoate) and fake flavors (“vanillin”, “artificial flavor”). And even more so now that we follow the Feingold diet (more on that soon).
So my question this month is this: What’s YOUR plan for dealing with the traditional (synthetic) Halloween trick or treat loot? Can you recommend specific products your kids like?
Please include your blog name and blog website URL in your comment, so we can all drop in on your world!
And while you’re at it, tell me what you’re doing, if anything, for Child Health Day. Do you plan to tweet or e-mail food manufacturers? Maybe ditch one nasty baddie from your pantry today? Talk to your kids about what it means to be “healthy”, or teach them to read a food ingredient label? Sign or create a petition? Or perhaps educate yourself about what food coloring can really do to a kid? Every little bit is a step closer to a healthier child and better food system for future generations.