Trick or Treat: Healthy Halloween Survival Guide


should-i-eat-the-halloween-candy-should-i-avoid-itSomething I am asked all the time is I’m not sure if I can avoid the temptation of eating the Halloween Candy, so should I eat it or should I avoid it? 

Well it really just depends on you and your goals and struggles. 

I’m all about moderating and enjoying yourself to live a happy, healthy and balanced life, but I know that is not always easy for everyone.

So here are my thoughts on if you should eat it or not.

EAT THE CANDY IF: 

  • You want to enjoy it. It is okay to have a sweet treat every once in a while. Now don’t overdo it and eat the entire package, but pick your favorite piece or a few of your favorite pieces and enjoy them.
  • You DON’T believe in restriction and diets. I DON’T believe in them and think everything should be enjoyed in moderation.

DON’T EAT THE CANDY IF:

  • You have a major sweet tooth and have “restricted” yourself from eating sweets. Because what could happen is you eating that one piece of candy can lead to another and another and another and the next thing you know you will have eaten the entire bag or basket.
  • You have had a long stressful day. Let’s be real, is the candy really going to solve your problems and make you stress free? Probably not, but what it might lead to is more stress and guilt, which you do NOT want.

Now don’t get me wrong I said it earlier and I will say this over and over I’m all about moderation and there is nothing wrong with treating yourself with a yummy treat every now and then. But Halloween is the first of the many holidays to come where temptation is lurking and can keep you from living that healthy balanced lifestyle you want. 

Here are a few of my tips to help you survive the Influx of Treats & Temptation:

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Don’t buy your candy until the day before or day of. If you buy your candy ahead of time, the chances of you sneaking into the stash are a lot higher than getting it right before the big event. If you get the “crappy” candy, who cares, you will be less likely to keep it.

Come to the Dark Side of chocolate that is. Dark chocolate is better for you than milk chocolate. If you buy quality dark chocolate with a high cocoa content, then it is actually quite nutritious.

Choose 1 or 2 of your favorite pieces. Allow yourself to have 1 or 2 of your favorite “fun size” pieces to indulge in and then the donate or toss the rest.

Make your own favorite treats. You can cut a lot of those yucky ingredients if you just make them at home. You can make your own peanut butter cups, or any chocolate treat that you just can’t seem to get enough of.

Allow a trade deal & donate the candy (this is great if you have kiddos). Have your little ones (or you if you have collected a good stash) trade in all their candy for their favorite book/toy or outing as a family. 

Never allow food to be a reward. You feel the need to reward yourself and the candy is sitting there in your pantry. Should you eat a piece of candy because you did so great? NO! DO NOT allow food to be a reward because it only justifies having it when you want.

Don’t use sweets as a stress reliever. Something that helps us “escape reality” or a stressful day/situation can be giving into a temptation and many times sweets are temptation. A way to help overcome this is ask yourself, will this treat solve my problem? There are many of other things that can be very beneficial for us and our waistlines that will help us deal with a stressful day. 

Now if you over do it and have a few too many treats DON’T beat yourself up over it, you just need to move forward. Remember Halloween is the first challenge, we then come up to the days of more treats and feasting is involved. If you are finding that Halloween was a struggle and need added support and accountability, I’m here to help you to be Healthy through the Holidays, guilt free.

Join us to begin living your healthiest, happiest life without the guilt.

Share these tips with a fellow girlfriend that is afraid of all the candy to come into their presence.

leah-b

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