Sunday, October 31, 2010
A Carb Free Halloween
I really was not sure how Halloween would go for Max this year. Halloween is the one holiday where it is VERY hard to escape candy. There is no commercially made candy that Max can eat. One piece of candy would use up all of his daily carb allowance. I have been worrying on and off about Halloween since we found out that he would be going on the Modified Atkins diet.
Max had a Halloween party at school this week. I thought about keeping him home, but his teacher encouraged me to bring him. She felt he could handle it, and she was right. I sent him to school with some homemade peanut butter candy in a thermal lunch bag with ice packs. I also sent some pork rinds just in case. He had a wonderful time!
Yesterday I took Caroline to a local Halloween event. We met up with one of her school friends and we went from store to store tricker treating. The girls had so much fun. Caroline kept saying over and over, "this is the best day ever!" Max spent the time napping at home with Daddy.
Tonight was the big night. Max was tired and kept saying he wanted to go out without a costume. I finally talked him into wearing it, and we all headed out. The thrill of the night kicked in at the first house. Max ran up to EVERY door. He went up all the steps without ever putting his hands down. Such a change from last year when he crawled up most of the steps. He fell quite a few times, but only because he was so excited and rushing. At the first house he tried to explain he was on a diet. My neighbor looked heart broken when she realized she had nothing she could give him that he could eat. I told her not to worry we had a plan!
The plan went off with out a hitch. Both Caroline and Max agreed before hand that they would trade in their candy for a DVD of their choice. Max would be able to get some peanut butter candy in the trade and Caroline was able to keep her candy from yesterday's event. They ran in the house and poured their candy out and waited for the DVDs. They were both thrilled, and I was relieved. Max did not feel left out, Caroline did not miss out, everyone enjoyed Halloween.
And....Mom and Dad have a nice little pile of candy to enjoy!