Halloween can be scary for reasons other than the horror movies and creepy costumes. If you are trying to stay on track with your health this Halloween season, you can also be scared of all the candy that surrounds this holiday. I will be giving you some tips and things to think about when getting through the holiday to make it not as scary for you.
Balance is the KEY to losing weight and maintaining weight. It does not need to be 100% clean eating all the time. You are allowed to indulge every once in a while. So, if you’re favorite candy is Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. Have one or two packages the night of Halloween, and then have enough self-control to stop.
- Wait to Buy your Candy:
Do not buy the candy for trick or treaters a week or two in advanced. If you do that, you are asking for trouble. The candy will just be sitting there, and you will know it is there and it can easily tempt you. Wait until the day of or just the day before to go get the candy (do not worry, there will still be candy on the shelves if you wait). Another thing to think of is not going to the store to buy the candy when you are hungry. Everybody knows you should not go to the grocery store while hungry because you end up buying WAY more than you anticipated. The same thing goes for buying candy. Lastly, buy candy you do not particularly like… I know…but trust me. If you buy all your favorite candy for trick or treaters you will be so tempted throughout the night to be snacking on them and then if you have some candy left over it will just be sitting there calling your name.
- Make Your Own Halloween Treats:
Making your own Halloween recipes can help a lot. For one, you will know what ingredients you are using and how much of them you are using. Sometimes when we just go get them from the store we do not consider just how much sugar, fat, etc. is in the product. This allows you to make some treats that are on the healthier side. They are even great recipes to bring to a Halloween party or to give your guests at your own party. Here are 3 Halloween “treats” you can try:
- Go Out and Walk the Neighborhood:
It is a good idea to go out with your child/children or other people in your neighborhood. If you do not have children of your own, tag along to bring your cousin, niece, nephew, friends’ children, etc. Walking around will help you not be stuck in the house with those tempting sugary treats, helps your get in some exercise, and have fun as well. Tip- Do not go out hungry with this one either. Have dinner or a healthy snack before going out to avoid sneaking some candies or going up to the door to snag some yourself.
- Read labels:
When your cravings and temptations seem to be taking over and you are having a hard time fighting them off, looking at the labels on whatever you are craving can actually deter you from just doing it. Take a look at the label and focus on how much sugar, fat, carbs, calories, etc. are in that product and ask yourself if it is worth it. Again, balance is key so if you decide you want it and you have been really proud of yourself lately, go for it. But focus on moderation and decide to have one or two not fifteen.