Healthy Halloween Tips: How to Avoid Gorging on Candy
It’s that time of the year again; candy and chocolates are overflowing everywhere. Spooky parties and haunted happenings all seem to tempt us at every turn. While it’s not the end of the world to indulge in a few treats, there are so many opportunities to indulge that you can end up eating more treats than you realize. To help you navigate this ghoulish time of year, I’ve put together these Healthy Halloween Tips keep your health on track and send you into the holidays feeling healthy and strong.
- Trick or Treat Alternatives – On October 31st you might be graced with some adorable kids banging down your door for treats, but nothing says you have to give away candy. The Teal Pumpkin Project invites you to give away allergy friendly treats. Last year I gave away Halloween themed stickers and glow sticks. The kids loved it! Instead of yet another candy bar, they got something fun and creative. I got zero complaints and even had parents come back to get more glow sticks at the end of the day.
- Don’t Have Junk in the House – The easiest way to make sure you don’t overindulge is to keep the junk out of your house. If you don’t have a bag of treats, you won’t accidently eat 20 of them while you binge watch Westworld. But the Trick or Treaters!!! See above or if you absolutely have to give away candy, don’t buy it until a day or two before the main event and give generously so that you have nothing left at the end of the night. You can also consider giving healthy treats like Unreal Candy. These treats are made without gluten, GMO’s, artificial ingredients or excess sugar. That way if there are leftovers, you can enjoy them without guilt (or a horrible stomach ache).
- Party Smartly – If you’re heading out to a Halloween party with friend or coworkers, arrive satisfied. Eat a healthy balanced meal before you go, like this Paleo Pumpkin Chili. If you’re full when you show up, it will be much easier to say no to treats because you’re genuinely not hungry. Whereas if you show up ravenous, you’ll probably end up eating more than you would like and choosing foods that don’t support your health. If you’re drinking adult beverages at said party (we all know Halloween parties can get sloppy) be sure to check out my tips to prevent and cure a hangover fast.
- Make Better Choices – If you’re dying to get in on the fun of the season and are craving chocolate, candy, sweets and treats, try making something at home with simple wholesome ingredients. This way, you know exactly what you’re getting and can make the treat suit your dietary needs. Paleo? Gluten free? Sugar free? You can make delicious treats that are sure to satisfy that sweet tooth without any of the negative after effects.
- Calm Your Kids – If you’ve got little ones totally pumped about trick or treating, let them enjoy it! Be sure to have a nice dinner before you go out and set a rule that there’s no candy eating until you get home and inspect everything (safety first!). When they dump out all their treats, let them pick 3-5 to enjoy that night and the rest get put away to be enjoyed later or donated. Organizations like the Halloween Candy Buy Back collect candy and send it to troops overseas. If you’re going to keep it in the house, first throw away all the terrible candy that no one likes, then store it out of sight in an opaque container so the kids (and you) can’t spot it easily. Then give your kids 1-2 pieces a day while secretly throwing away a few pieces a day too. Your will power will need to be strong to stop yourself from binging after the kids go to sleep but I believe in you. Or there’s always the option of playing another trick and making the candy disappear.
Scientifically speaking, you reached your lowest weight of the year a few weeks ago. All the holidays and celebrations that are upon us in the coming months lead to a slow and steady weight gain. Even if it’s just from bloating and constipation and not actual poundage, this time of year tends to weigh us down. By making a few smart choices along the way, you can really improve your health, energy levels, maintain your healthy weight and even lose weight through the holidays.
Wishing you a spooky season full of lots of treats you love,