It is almost Halloween, which is the first of three major holidays when people have a tendency to go off track and over‐indulge (Thanksgiving and Christmas are the others). The scariest part about Halloween is not the ghouls and ghosts, but the candy and treats that are absolutely everywhere at this time of the year. It does not help that candy is packaged in mini‐sizes that are daring you to “just eat one.”
Below are 4 tips that will help you stick to your weight loss plan and have a healthy Halloween.
1. Do not have Halloween candy in your home.
This is by far the best solution to avoiding temptation. This can be challenging if you have kids, but if it is not in your home, you will not eat it. Plain and simple. If you do choose to have it, avoid buying candy you like. If you are handing out candy, keep the bag sealed until the first trick‐or‐treaters arrive.
2. Be proactive in the workplace.
If your workplace has a break room full of temptations or coworkers have candy on their desks, avoid those areas. Consider bringing in healthy snacks for everyone to share. Try GreenLite’s Parmesan Cheese Crackers or Parmesan Roasted Chickpeas for a healthy and easy break room alternative to candies and cookies. Make sure to keep hydrated and have a full stomach throughout the day to avoid mid‐morning and late‐afternoon cravings.
3. Pick a fun activity for Halloween night.
Consider not handing out candy altogether and choose a fun activity instead. Halloween is on a Saturday night this year, which would be perfect to see a scary movie! Or, get active and try something new. Try a new spin class or indoor rock climbing class. If you want to leave goodies for the trick‐or‐treaters, leave alternatives other than candy (like prizes or small toys) on your porch. Remember: the most important thing is YOUR health, so put yourself first!
4. Change your definition of Halloween.
Halloween does not have to revolve solely around candy. Focus on the other aspects of the holiday like pumpkin carving and Halloween decoration. Buy some fall‐inspired scented candles. If you are crafty, consider making a costume by hand for yourself or a child. These are just some great ways to start the holiday season off without focusing on food and will help you stay on track with your weight loss plan.