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Halloween is just around the corner and for many kids it’s probably their favorite time of year next to Christmas because you get more chocolate than you know what to do with. When you are abled and eat too much chocolate you are not going to feel great but when you are disabled with bowels that don’t work properly eating too much chocolate might not be the best move because it can severe constipation that will not be easy to resolve. I love chocolate and if you were to bring me a Reese’s cup, I would take it and not ask questions but because my bowels don’t work properly, you won’t find me buying candy in bulk that I don’t plan on sharing. Candy is delicious and I don’t think we should restrict kids with medical condition from having it because when you are too restrictive it makes you want it more but instead, we should be helping our kids understand that they can’t eat as much as everyone else without severe consequences. As a disabled adult I do not go trick or treating because I am too old and can buy my own chocolate if I wanted it that badly but as a child I did a lot of church events and was given a lot of chocolate on Halloween. In this post, I am going to talk about how you survive Halloween if you are bowel don’t work without severe pain.
Buy your own chocolate– As a disabled person I could go trick or treating if I really want to, but I won’t because full-grown adults don’t need to be taking candy away from children. As a disabled person I get stressed when I have more chocolate in my possession than I know what to do with because I don’t have any self-control and will eat it all in one sitting which I will regret doing later. Halloween is mostly for kids but that doesn’t mean adults can’t indulge in their favorite candy because there is nothing stopping you from going to the store and buying your own. Halloween can sometimes be stressful for disabled people because our bodies don’t handle unhealthy food as well as an abled person which can be bad for your health if you have no self-control. A disabled adult can choose not to participate at all in the Halloween festivities and not get anything or if you really want something you could go to the store and buy yourself a reasonable amount that you can enjoy without worrying about throwing away half of it. I think sometimes we get too much candy on Halloween which is every kids dream but it’s not always the best for people with bowel issues and it will affect you a million time more than someone who has bowels that work.
Teach your kids the importance of moderation- I see nothing wrong with parents letting their kids eat half a bag of skittles once a year because when you get sick after doing that most people will learn and not do it again. If I had a child with a medical condition, I wouldn’t put their favorite candy off limits, but I wouldn’t give my kid a bag of chocolate and tell them they could eat as much as they wanted knowing it would make them very sick. I can stress enough how important it is to teach your kids moderation especially if they have a bowel condition because it’s unfair to your kids and in my opinion a little irresponsible of the parents. Allow your kids to eat some chocolate on Halloween but if they have a medical condition don’t let them eat all of it because it will cause them a lot of pain that was avoidable. Instead teach your kids why they can’t have as much as everyone else so they understand the consequences of eating too much chocolate because if you just take things away without explaining it to them, they will think you are being unfair and mean when in reality you are trying to help them.
Don’t buy it- As a disabled adult I will buy my own chocolate when I want it but don’t usually have a random chocolate stash because I don’t have the best relationship with food and will eat all of it one sitting. If you are like me and worried about over-indulging the only way around that is to not have it in your home.
Allow yourself to eat a little– It is important that parents teach their kids the importance of moderation but at the same time I don’t think you need to be restricting foods and telling your children that it’s off limits because when you tell people that they can’t have something it makes them want it more and sometimes negatively impacts your relationship with food. . As a disabled person I have to be more mindful of how much cake I am consuming to avoid constipation, but I don’t do that through restriction because in my personal experience labeling foods good and bad makes you feel deprived, but instead allow yourself to eat a little. As a disabled person I would not get giant bag of chocolate and mindlessly start eating it because it would affect me more, but I wouldn’t make a limit of how much I plan on eating and after I have reached that limit I would walk away.
Do another fun activity– If you are child has a medical condition such as diabetes and can only eat a piece or two of chocolate in one sitting it might not be practical to walk around your neighborhood and get huge bags of it that you would end up eating most of but that doesn’t mean you can’t participate, you just may want to do something else. If your child can’t eat a bunch of chocolate on Halloween because it’s really bad for them, try doing another activity such as watching scary movies or decorating a pumpkin because Halloween doesn’t have to be cancelled when you have a medical condition, and you just have to find a different way to celebrate.
If you get too much share!– As disabled person, I can enjoy small amounts of chocolate, but you best believe that if you buy me a mega bag that I could not finish myself that you I will gift most of it to my sisters and nieces.
Halloween is fun because you get to dress up and get candy that you didn’t pay for, but it can be stressful for people with medical conditions because we can’t have as much as everyone else without causing severe pain. When I was a child, I struggled with constipation because my bowels have never worked properly but it was more enjoyable than it is today because that was before I had a stoma that reacts to everything. As a disabled adult on Halloween, I don’t go trick or treating because I am too old but sometimes, I do go to church events and eat a little chocolate and that is okay. When you have bowels that don’t work properly you will be more negatively impacted if you eat three pieces of cake but that doesn’t mean it has to be completely off limits and just need to remember that sometimes it better to save things for later. As disabled person I don’t feel the need to go out and get a bunch of chocolate that probably will only want the first day I buy it, but I do enjoy seeing all the kids dress up and have no problem with passing out chocolate because that is what it’s all about! How do you survive Halloween with bowel problems?
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