Slow your roll, Santa. It’s October, and that means it’s time to carve up jack-o’-lanterns, grab your pumpkin spice beverage and push play on your favorite scary movies because Halloween is creeping up to a neighborhood near you.
Halloween has a special place in many households as the official kick-off to the holiday season. It’s the time of year when goodies get baked, parties start hoppin’, and sugar-filled candy and snacks are everywhere. With that said, here’s a quick survival guide to help you enjoy Halloween without sabotaging your health goals.
Focus on Activities
There’s so much more to this ghoulish time of the year than fun-sized sweets. Focusing on the costumes, games, and other non-food-related fun can keep things in balance. And don’t forget to take a walk around the neighborhood to check out all the spooky decorations.
Buy Candy You Don’t Like
They come out at night, dragging their undead feet and riding their broomsticks in search of one thing … candy—and lots of it. You better be prepared. But left-overs can spell trouble later if you’re not careful. Instead, buy treats you don’t like. That way, you won’t be tempted to overindulge.
Use A Smaller Trick-or-treat Bag
Say it with us, “moderation is the key.” Everyone knows that too much of a good thing is no bueno. So, if you plan to go trick-or-treating with your family, it might be a good idea to use a smaller bag or pail. That way, you can guarantee you won’t end up with too many goodies.
Eat a Healthy Meal
Anyone who’s ever gone grocery shopping on an empty stomach will tell you it’s a bad idea. You end up buying so much more than you would have if you weren’t hungry. The same rules apply to trick-or-treating. Eating a healthy, nutritious meal ahead of time can keep you from overdoing it on sweets later.
With the big feasts right around the corner, it’s important to remember that losing sight of your health goals during this festive time can make stepping on the scale in January downright terrifying. Stick to the tips outlined here, and you’ll be able to enjoy a scary-good Halloween and put yourself in prime position to enjoy the upcoming holidays in good health.
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