As with any holiday, being diligent about your health and diet can be a challenge, but that challenge is really put to the test during Halloween when eating sugary sweets and treats is the name of the game.
Here are some tips to keeping your health in mind on Halloween:
Put Your Health First on Halloween
- Work out in the morning.: Working out in the morning is a healthy choice everyday, but working out on Halloween morning allows you a little wiggle room for extra calories. Also, the endorphins released during the exercise may help keep you in the right mindset to make healthy choices throughout the day.
- Stick to your usual eating routine.: Don’t try to save calories for indulging in candy by skipping regular meals. Eat normally before the Halloween fun starts so that you’re full and won’t go overboard with treats.
- Be the boring house.: Even though it can be a thrill to be the most festive house on the block with the tastiest treats, being “boring” will help in your mission to be healthy. By not having candy around your house, you’re removing the temptation. Consider giving out stickers, small toys, little baggies of nuts and raisins to trick-or-treaters instead. If you insist on handing out candy, buy your least favorite kind so that you’re less tempted to sneak a piece or two.
- Have a splurge strategy.: Have a specific plan when the sugar-craving mood strikes. Limit yourself to two fun-size candy bars or three peanut butter cups and stick to it. When you’re done, put the bag of candy out of sight.
- Wear a body-conscious costume.: When it comes to choosing a costume, wear something that makes you think about your figure. This doesn’t mean bare it all, but chances are you’ll be more conscious about what you’re putting in your mouth if you want to look great in your costume.
- Curb mindless eating.: At Halloween parties, keep your hands busy by holding a glass in one hand and your purse in the other to avoid mindless grazing at the candy or buffet table. If possible, avoid the food area all together- out of sight, out of mind.
- Dwindle down the candy stash.: On Halloween night, let your kids have a treat or two and make sure they brush their teeth. The next day (probably when your kids aren’t around), purge the candy loot as much as possible and only keep the favorites. Leave a few pieces out for your kids to enjoy the holiday, and then freeze the rest to enjoy little by little at a later date.
Bouncing Back from Halloween
If you’ve already indulged in a little too much candy, or if you’d like to have a professional post-holiday dental cleaning, call Comfort Dental Spa, located in Farmington Hills, Michigan, at (248) 474-6434 to reserve an appointment.