Wednesday, October 23, 2013


The Full Spectrum Household has been avoiding refined sugar for over six months now.

With the younguns, this move is behavior-driven; for Maman, it’s a serious health issue.

As Halloween approaches, I find my mind wandering to – well, what do you think?


Because we will be trick-or-treating, complete with all the quirks of Full Spectrum boundary awkwardness in doorways (every year G wanders casually into at least one random stranger’s home, focused on an enticing trinket or element of decor) and social ineptitudes (hey, now we really can’t recognize you, um, everyone) and violations (quick - watch Z’s hands in the serve-yourself bowls).

Many of our ‘specially fun qualities are exponentially amplified by being all hopped up on sugar.

So, then, post trick-or-treating, there will be these bags of candy. In the kitchen. After the Full Spectrum children are snug in their beds. In their bedrooms.

As you would expect, this little voice in the back of my mind is all, “You know what? If you just had a little bit of candy, say, a few Reese’s peanut butter cups, basically, that would be like…homeopathy!”

“How so?” the small remaining rational part of my mind wonders.

“Because, duh, if you never EAT Reese’s Cups, how will your body build up immunity? How will it know how to process Reese’s Cups, should it ever be exposed to said Cups???”

Exactly. Thus, have I put forth the prestigious, correct-ish “Reese’s Theory of Homeopathy.”

And I think it’s safe to say this scientific-homeopathic model may, in moderation, be applied to a number of other aspects of life…At least until the Special Candy Fairy comes and replaces all the candy with nurturing, commercial-free, organic playthings and natural, lo-flavor veggie-butter-leather.

Happy Halloween!

Dr. Full Spectrum Mama, Ph.D.


  1. Ok, I read this. And wept. So true. I always think, but if I juuuuust have a liiiiiitle, maybe it's ok. WHAM! Guess not.

    Last year we started a trade in. For every x many of candies given to me, they get an awesome "bigger" treat made by me, or purchased from a store where total crap candy does not exist. (is there such a thing?)

    Oh boy. It's a rough time.

    Wish me luck not melting down watching all the eeeeaaaaating. It's pure torture to spend a whole day cooking healthy delicious things for your children, then not be able to eat them. That is my world now and has been for so long.

    I know you know it well.

    1. Dear Anonymous,
      Here's hoping we can find something - ANYTHING???!!! - that will make up for the - let's face it - deprivation. The first thing that comes to mind for me in this regard is...extra sleep. Not. Bloody. Likely.
      Full Spectrum Mama

  2. amazing - even before studying Dr. FSM's theory, i had been testing this vaccination type subject on my own. i have found it necessary to subject myself to up to two snack/fun size R pb cups per night.
    it has been very beneficial, Dr.

    1. Dear Anonymous,
      It's important to take charge of our health!
      Full Spectrum Mama

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