Healthy Halloween Tips: Surviving Trick-Or-Treating

October 27, 2014

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Pumpkin and SquashThe scariest part about Halloween is the sugar overload—at least from a weight loss perspective. But you can have a happy, healthy Halloween without sacrificing the fun. Keep your sweet tooth in check by following some easy tricks (yes, treats included).

Eat before you go. A hearty meal packed with fiber and protein will curb temptations for junk food while trick-or-treating.  Try one of CMWL’s family friendly meals, each under 550 calories, to help you stick to your weight loss plan and start the holiday on the right track.

Make healthy food fun. Good news: Healthy fruits and vegetables resemble some of Halloween’s spookiest items. Carrots with a dollop of hummus resemble fingers, half of banana with chocolate chips serving as eyes and mouth resembles a ghost, and deviled eggs can be topped with black olives to represent eyeballs. Let your imagination run wild. Not only will you have fun while eating them, but you’ll have something healthy to nosh on while waiting for trick-or-treaters.

Give out candy you do not enjoy. Sitting at home with a bowl of your favorite candy is trouble in the making. Remove the temptation to binge completely by handing out candy you do not enjoy. If you’re a chocolate lover, hand out hard candy. Plus, you’ll remove the temptation to nosh on leftover candy once the holiday is over.

Trick-or-treat with a smaller bag. It’s simple: The smaller your trick-or-treating bag, the smaller your candy stash will be. The less candy you’re around, the less you can eat.

Chew gum. If you know you can’t resist when you’re around sweets, pop a piece of gum. It will keep you distracted and require you to think twice before you indulge. Plus, the minty flavor of gum doesn’t go well with candy.

Once the holiday is over, get the candy out of the house. Lingering sweets around your home can spell trouble for your weight loss plan. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the holiday. Pick three of your favorite pieces of candy, enjoy them, and then get rid of the leftovers the next day. It’s OK to indulge during the holidays. It’s only a problem when every day is treated like one.

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