Halloween is a fun time of year, full of fun costumes, parties, and snacks. Unfortunately, most of these snacks are candy that is high in sugar. Sugar will ruin any good diet and make you feel nasty and bloated. Sugar also leads to many health problems, like diabetes, obesity, and bad teeth.
October is an excellent month in so many ways. The leaves are falling, the weather changes, and pumpkins are everywhere. The bad news is that this is the month that starts the “fall of body destruction,” as we call it here at Mighty Great Fitness. The fall of body destruction means letting go of our fitness and health needs when fall hits.
Why do we let ourselves go at the end of the year? That is a great question, and it is not your fault. Well, not entirely your fault. October starts the month of Halloween, and everywhere you go, there are parties and decorations and events and, worst of all, candy. Candy is given out all month long, and not just to kids in costumes. You will find it everywhere; your kids bring it home, the stores are selling it in bulk, the bank has a jar sitting out, and one by one, you find yourself taking a piece or two. One or two pieces can be harmless, but if you do this, even 20 out of the 31 days of October, you have now eaten 40 pieces of candy and consumed roughly 3200 calories and 320 grams of sugar. Most people consume more than two pieces of candy in a sitting, and if you add in any Halloween parties with chips, baked goods, soda, and alcohol, you are consuming more than you realize.
The good news is there are ways to help you maintain a healthy diet at Halloween while taking the kiddos trick or treating.
Hand out non-sugary foods
If you are having a party or trick or treaters coming to your door, the best idea would be to hand out toys and non-sugary foods like individual bags of cheese or check mix. That way, you are giving out a great treat and not having candy in your house.
Fill up before
Even though you are not the one who is getting the candy, that does not mean you won’t be tempted to raid your kid’s candy stash on Halloween. Fill up on good foods before trick or treating or attending a party. Then you are guaranteed not to be hungry and eat the wrong foods.
Make sure that you walk while trick or treating with the kids and not stay in the car. Yes, this way is warmer, but walking will guarantee some exercise, and your body will thank you.
Separate your sweets
Buy snack-size bags and use them for the left-over candy. When you have a sweet tooth, take out one bag, and enjoy. Then portion out all of it into the little bags https://amzn.to/3CdFz9L and store them away.
Get a good workout in the morning of Halloween to help burn off those extra calories, and it is also good to exercise again the day after.
Staying hydrated is one of the best ways to ward off sweet cravings. Have a good-sized water bottle on you and fill it as needed.
Protein and Healthy Snacks
Keep healthy snacks like turkey jerky bites and nuts on you to help keep you full and satisfied on Halloween.
Halloween is fun and a time to celebrate, so with all the tips to maintain a healthy diet and not fall into the Fall of Body destruction, remember to allow yourself to indulge a little. The key is to retain balance and that you don’t have to overindulge to feel satisfied.
Stay safe and healthy this Halloween.
Lots of Love
Author/Weight Loss Coach/Nutrition Coach
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