Most holidays are not known as hallmarks of healthy behaviour.
Halloween might especially be seen as the beginning of the “inexplicable” holiday pounds. Food colouring suddenly abounds with black and orange desserts and fun size treats are in every candy bowl at the office. Portion control is built into the tinier servings, but it can be hard to have “just one.”
Here are 5 tips to keep the Halloween sugar indulging at bay:
1. Skip Your Favourites. You may not want to be the person who gives out toothbrushes or raisins, but consider giving out treats that aren’t your favourite. If you’re taken by dark chocolate, give out white. If you like caramels, give out wafers. This will make it more likely that you’ll eat just one (or none). If you can afford it, think about looking for fair-trade treats: better for the kids and for the world.
2. Pumpkins are Not Just for Decoration. Rather than indulging in more processed food, roast pumpkin seeds with your favorite spices to munch on. Take pureed pumpkin to replace half of the fat in your favorite desserts for a seasonal twist. Pumpkin puree can also be stirred into yogurt or oatmeal for a delicious holiday breakfast.
3. Opt for Healthier, Gluten-Free Treats to hand out. Check out some of our favourites.
4. Out of Sight, Out of Mind. If there’s a candy bowl at the office, do not put it on your desk. The further away it is from you, the less you’ll be tempted. Having one treat a day will not derail your diet, but plan it to be at a specific time with your coffee and enjoy it slowly, rather than wolfing it down as you work.
5. Dress For Success. Going to a Halloween party? Get into a costume that will discourage snacking. Masks, gloves and fuller costumes can make the process from hand to mouth too time consuming to attempt. Instead of eating too much, you can enjoy seeing yourself – and your friends – in a humorous new light.