By: Tim Lyons
Halloween is right around the corner, and that means costumes, trick-or-treating, Halloween parties, and a high chance for getting spooked right off your diet plans. This year, don’t let the Halloween candy be the start of the season-long fight against festive meals, comfort foods, and abundance of pumpkin everything deserts. To make sure Halloween isn’t scary for your health, we’ve put together a couple of dos’ and don’ts to help you ward of the calories!
Do: Get rid of the “all or nothing” mindset.
One bad day doesn’t have to turn into a bad week, and one back week doesn’t have to turn into a bad month. It’s absolutely okay to enjoy the holiday foods and festivities, in moderation.
Don’t: Buy the Halloween candy in advance.
Keep the temptations away as long as possible if you know you’re going to want to snack on the candy instead of giving it out to those hard working trick-or-treaters!
Do: Walk when you go trick-or-treating!
We know how tempting it can be to drive around to hit as many houses as possible and fill up those candy buckets, but try to walk as much as you can. Walking is great exercise for both you and your kids, and can help make up for some of those candy calories you might sneak in!
Don’t: Starve yourself in preparation for overindulgence.
Plan to keep your routine by meal prepping healthy meals and snacks. Keeping your hunger at bay with nutritious meals will help prevent binging on the candy later in the week.
Do: Stay hydrated!
Staying hydrated can help you control your cravings for sweets. If you think you might be reaching for that candy dish, take a drink of water first. You might just be thirsty and not actually hungry!
Don’t: Skip your workout!
Even if you might not have time to make it all the way to the gym in preparation for the spooky festivities, you’ll feel much better about a few slips knowing it’s just a small portion of your otherwise healthy day!