Happy Halloween !!!
ghosts, and candy .... OH MY !! Don't let the beginning of the holiday
season send you into a blunder !!! Halloween is the start of the next
three months of sugary sweets, treats, and savory foods that can
send anyone into a sugar high. Halloween is a holiday that is a
nutritional pitfall for many but don't worry I have some tips and tricks
to use to keep you sane and healthy along the way!
candy floating around EVERYWHERE you look, from chocolate to gummies and
homemade treats its no wonder people just derail and give in. Being the
"odd" one out and saying no is hard to do when everyone around you is
gorging on their favorite childhood candies. But you don't have to say
NO to everything and feel deprived, you just need to play it smarter one
step ahead of the temptation. Follow these simple yet effective times
to enjoy the holiday's without the guilt !
treats in moderation. You can indulge but don't overindulge in those
sugary treats. For example, eat a snack size bar of your favorite candy
instead of a regular size bar. The average miniature/”fun” size bar of
chocolate has 75-95 calories compared to the 200-250 calories in the
regular-size bar. Or if that big open bowl is always tempting you to
stick your hand in each time you pass it, choose something you REALLY
want and savor it. Then move the bowl or go a different route so you are
not tempted all day long.
Eat your normal, balanced
meals throughout the days. Don't skip meals to save on calories. This
will just lead to binging and then allowing yourself to eat whatever you
feel because you will feel like you already ruined the day. Set
yourself up for success and eat normally but just keep in mind to save a
little room for dessert!
Eat BEFORE you go trick or
treating with the kiddos. If you are hungry when you leave, all that
candy will be readily available for you and you will be less likely that
you can say no. Be smart and just eat a small snack of protein and
carbs before you go so you are not so hungry which will help tip number
one when it comes to moderation.
Try to squeeze in a good
workout when you know that you will be indulging in a little extra. Be
sure to recognize that exercise is to keep your body moving and burning
just a little bit more on those days when your metabolism will need a
little boost. Exercise does not eliminate calories consumed it will just
enhance your bodies ability to burn more overall during the day,
Plan your holiday treats. Instead of just eating whenever you
feel, plan special times that you can utilize and control the amount
that you eat. Post workout would be the optimal time for a sugary treat
because you body can utilize the glycogen to restore what was lost. This
does not give you a FREE pass to eat anything and everything but to
enjoy something sweet like candies and gummies as fast digesting carbs
which is a win-win for a post workout treat along with a protein shake.
The key to success is to ensure that you have control over what
you are eating and not let the holiday control you. Plan your normal
meals according to your day. Have a small snack prior to
trick-or-treating and walk instead of drive. Also utilize your post
workout carbs for sweet treats and keep it all in moderation !!!
Have a great Halloween and Spooktacular Day !!!