Avoid the Temptation this Halloween!

By Jennifer Gendron, canfitpro PTS/FIS

We have reached that time of year – there is candy everywhere!!   With Halloween coming right up upon us, there are bowls of candy and sugary treats everywhere – in our home, at the office, in waiting rooms, etc.  Every year, it comes out earlier and earlier and before it is even over, the stores start gearing up for the next big holiday so it becomes never ending and we can end up on a slippery slope from now until Christmas!  If you find it hard to avoid the temptations of the tasty treats all around you, you are not alone!  Many of us struggle with the exact same thing.

If you are someone who succumbs to the call of all the tasty treats around you, here are a few tips you can use to help prepare yourself to avoid them this year.  By getting prepared and thinking ahead, you can avoid the quick grab & go response we tend to get when we are having a craving and looking for that energy rush!

Here are some tips that you can use to help:

  1. Limit the Candy/Sugary Treats In Your House – If you are someone who buys their Halloween treats early and then finds yourself half way through the bag of goodies before the day even arrives, remove the temptation!  Wait until the last minute to purchase the treats you are going to hand out so you don’t have to spend several days looking at them and being tempted!  Try to buy only what you know you will need to avoid a lot of left-overs.
  2. Have a Sugar Free Halloween – Instead of handing out candies and other sugary treats to the trick or treaters that show up at your door, think about doing something a little different this year.  There are lots of cool Halloween stickers, pencils, etc. at the dollar stores these days that you can hand out as an alternative to candy.  Not only will you be doing yourself a favor, you will be providing a healthy option for the kids who also end up with way too many sugary treats that they don’t need and are just as unhealthy for them!
  3. Have Healthy Snacks Ready – Often times, we eat the worst when we are rushing around and don’t have anything healthy prepared.  It is quick and easy to grab a handful of junk on the go when we are feeling hungry or an energy drop.  Arm yourself with prepared healthy snacks that you can grab in a hurry and when you find yourself reaching for the candy bowl, go to your healthy snack options instead.  Some ideas include: pre-cut vegetables or fruit (apples and berries are good low sugar choices), nuts and seeds such as almonds and pumpkin seeds are also great.  However, avoid things like pre-mixed trail mix as they often contain high amounts of sugar in dried fruit, coconut, etc.  Having some healthy dips like hummus, guacamole or plain yogurt are also good to have to add to your fruit and veggie snacks.
  4. Prepare a Meal Ahead – In my house, Halloween night is usually quite chaotic with kids arriving at the door practically as I am getting home from work and then the doorbell ringing all night from then on with 100+ trick or treaters showing up in a steady stream.  Having something planned ahead and ready to go for supper that night is always important as if it is not ready ahead of time, chances are it is not going to happen and then the hunger sets in and the treats start looking better and better!  Have a healthy make-ahead meal ready to go so you don’t sabotage yourself with a dinner of mini chocolate bars and chips!
  5. Get Rid of the Leftovers – If you do have candy left over at the end of the night, make sure you have a plan to get rid of it!  Try to empty the bowl before the night is out and make sure it is in the bags of the ghosts and goblins who arrive at the door and not in to you!  If you do have leftovers, find somewhere to get rid of them – send them to a group or event, to work with your spouse, whatever you need to do to get them out of the house right away.
  6. Don’t Let a Little Slip Become a Landslide – Sometimes we think we will “just have one” as we have a craving for a particular treat and just can’t pass it by.  If you do slip up and have that little treat, make sure you limit it to that one and don’t let it be the catalyst that opens the flood gate to just one more, and one more, and one more . . . Call it a treat and then move on to something else so you do not get sucked in to the “well I have already had one and sabotaged myself so I might as well keep going” thought process.
  7. Have Healthy Halloween Party – If you host a Halloween party or send treats to school with the kids for parties there, try something healthy instead of sweets.  There are all kinds of cool ideas that you can find online using fruits and veggies to make fun spooktacular snacks that are sure to impress!

By taking the time to get yourself prepared, you can avoid getting pulled in to the sugar trap this Halloween and then aim to continue on these healthy habits as we move in to the holiday season that is coming up.  If you haven’t already, you can join our “30 Day Sugar Detox Challenge” kicking off November 1st to help stay on track and clean the sugar out of our diet.  To join this free challenge group, send me a private Facebook message to be added to our online tribe!

Wishing you all a safe, happy & sugar-free Halloween!

 

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