5 Strategies to Minimize Sugar Intake this Halloween
Okay, so you don’t want to be the house on the block with the dreaded “healthy” treats where kids don’t want to stop; I get it. There are, however, measures you can take so YOU don’t binge on the leftover treats (or finish them before the kiddos even get there)!
1. Buy a candy that you don’t like. I have a giant sweet tooth, so I’ve implemented this strategy for years. For example, I hate butterfingers and gummy bears. I won’t eat them. My husband loved them; win-win! I’m not worried about having them in the house and splurging. Now, as a side note, if your significant other is trying to watch their calories, this strategy is not cool. Find a treat you both dislike.
2. Get rid of anything left over immediately. Bring it to work and leave it in the break room far from your desk. Or, give it to your partner to bring into their work! (Again, refer to #1 for this so you’re not the most insensitive partner ever). If you don’t have a big office, donate it! Bring it to a local shelter if possible. If you don’t live near one, throw it out! The $5 you’ll lose is better than the 5 pounds you’ll gain!
3. Shhhh…don’t tell the kids, but you can actually give them healthier snacks they’ll enjoy! What!!??? Clif and Lara bars come in mini bar size and are much healthier than candy bars with their all natural ingredients. Leaning toward dark chocolate is always a good strategy as well. Dove mini squares, Bite-sized peppermint patties, and even peanut M&Ms are a much better choice than most Halloween treats. Again, not a license to eat the whole bag, but if you’re going to splurge, these are better options to do so.
4. Just like any party where you’re unsure of the snacks and hors d’oeuvres being served, make sure you eat beforehand and don’t go in starving. I’ve never seen a sit-down Halloween dinner party, so chances are you won’t offend the host if you don’t eat the snacks she laid out because she probably won’t even notice. If you show up to any party starving, you’ll end up binging on foods you’d normally never eat, especially when alcohol gets thrown into the mix. Avoid this by eating a healthy dinner beforehand to help you avoid the junk foods and metabolize your alcohol.
5. Workout! Are you reaching for that piece of candy because you’re hungry or because you’re bored? It’s probably the latter of the two. Go for a walk or run, stretch or hit the gym. Chances are you won’t want the candy anymore because you’ll feel good and not want to sabotage your hard work.
Life is about balance. Of course, enjoy a treat or two, but moderation is key. Hopefully these strategies will help you from over indulging and sabotaging your goals this Halloween. Remember, there are more holidays coming right up, and the average person gains two pounds each holiday season. If not addressed, this adds up to 20 lbs per decade! Enjoy your holidays, but be mindful.
Happy Halloween, everyone!! 👻🎃✌️️