Halloween…that quintessentially American holiday that’s high on tricks and treats, but low on nutrition. In fact, from now through the New Year is a challenging time to avoid eating empty calories and packing on a few extra pounds. If you’re looking to avoid the perpetual sugar crash this October and beyond, consider these tips for balancing your diet and diminishing those cravings once and for all:
Don’t Buy Your Favorites. If chocolate is your weakness, keep it out of your house. Instead, go for gummy candy or another kid-loved handout.
Out of Sight, Out of Mind. Have you already stocked up on candy for the onslaught of trick or treaters? Tuck it away where you can forget about it until Halloween, in a secluded spot like the garage or attic. This will help curtail casual grazing.
Don’t Chauffeur Your Candy Monsters. Rather than drive any in-house trick or treaters, get out for a brisk stroll in the neighborhood. It’s a great way to get to know your neighbors, a pleasant distraction from the candy bowl, and you’ll burn a few calories in the process.
Eat a Healthy Dinner Before the Neighborhood Crawl. If you (and the kids) venture out with a full belly, you’ll be less likely to gorge on junk. Try a delicious fall salad that includes the season’s best – think apples, pears, pomegranates, cranberries, persimmons, toasted pecans, roasted squash, hearty winter greens, a maple vinaigrette, and more. Check out these ideas from Food and Wine and Saveur for inspiration.
Exercise Portion Control. Set a limit for yourself – for instance, one snack-size chocolate bar to be slowly savored daily. After all, life is about enjoying the simple pleasures!
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