Tricks to Help You Limit Treats
What exactly does candy have to do with what Halloween is supposed to celebrate? I know; eating candy and trying to stay healthy is quite scary. Booo! Not to worry, logging your calories on Halloween will be a breeze. Whether you plan to avoid candy all together, have a bite or two, or go all out, here’s a list of tricks to keep you from eating too many treats.
Pick Your Poison
I hate going on record about how to eat something that has so little nutritional value, but the truth is many of you will succumb to the candy tactics of the day. So instead of acting like the day isn’t coming, plan ahead. Use Calorie Count’s Candy Browser to determine which treat you will have. Stick to eating one or two treats and if possible, go for the sample size rather than the full size.
Give More Tricks than Treats
If you’re not going trick-or- treating with kids and are planning to answer your door, buy bags of small Halloween-themed toys like fake spiders, stickers, or stampers to give out in handfuls as opposed to candy. If you must, buy one bag of candy to mix in with the other fun-filled items. Keeping the candy separate may tempt you way too much.
Some people think exercising more will compensate for overeating on Halloween, but don’t fall into this trap. Stick to your regular exercise routine and don’t overcompensate after indulging on Halloween. The takeaway is that your diet and exercise is a lifestyle. Eating Halloween candy is an anomaly and should not affect your daily routine.
For a Limited Time Only
If you’re going trick-or-treating with kids, limit your trip to a set time so you don’t allow their buckets to get too full. If the Halloween party you’re attending provides a goodie bag, eat what you want at the party and leave the bag there. Throw out kids’ candy the next day. Chances are you and the kids will eat more candy the night of Halloween than you should. Don’t give them or yourself a reason to do that two days in a row.
Not all About the Sweets
Getting dressed in a costume is not the only way to celebrate Halloween. Cook a healthy Halloween meal with lots of protein and fiber. Make it festive with Halloween recipes and decorate with Halloween-themed place settings and invite friends over. Adding games and sharing scary stories will round out the night and shorten the time you think about candy. To keep your mind occupied, do arts and crafts. Decorating mini-pumpkins or getting a Halloween-themed coloring book are a few examples.
Bring Your Own Treat
The kiddies have little pumpkin pails of candy, but what’s in your pail? If you’re going to be out for more than an hour, bring your own healthy treats. A bottle of water is a must, but also bring a piece of fruit or two, a bag of nuts, or any small snack that will keep you satisfied so that you don’t end up eating whatever other people have to offer, which on Halloween night is going to be anything but healthy.
How do you plan to shun the Halloween candy run?