- Outta sight, outta mind. Keep those goodies where your hot little hands can’t get them – put them in the freezer, have hubby hide them in the basement, donate them. For the sake of your waistline don’t leave them in a bowl where you can get at them..Just 1-2 pieces of candy (an extra 300-500 calories per day) can put a pound on you in a week if you’re not careful! That’s pretty scary.
- Prioritize and sort. #1 rule in dieting = Everything in moderation. Lay it all out and decide which ones are really important to you – choose those and make a plan for when to eat them (not all in 1 sitting). Maybe 1 snack size treat can be worked into your calorie allowance once or twice a week…if you compensate with exercise and otherwise clean diet. I like to save my treats for the weekend, sit at the table and eat it slowly and mindfully and royally. Also dark chocolate has some antioxidant properties so that’s a high priority for me..in fact, I’ll indulge in 70% dark organic chocolate over nearly any other packaged treat. Pretzels, popped corn are also great swaps. Have a taste test with the kids – have a little sampling and decide which aren’t that great and you’re willing to part with..
- Bribery! Some dentists even offer a buy-back program. You can trade your kids some of their stash for cash — to go to the toy store or on an outing of their choice…Same for you – reward yourself for your self-control maybe with a new workout outfit.
- Chew gum/ brush your teeth while handing out the goods! Its will distract you from putting something more calorie dense and nutrient poor in your mouth!
- Lift weights Halloween morning! It will help even out/suppress your blood sugar and help you resist cravings.
- Don’t skip dinner…If you’re starving and/or sleep deprived you will find it harder to resist temptation
- Read this post from Shape magazine about what’s actually in your Halloween candy:http://www.shape.com/healthy-eating/diet-tips/whats-really-halloween-candy…took my cravings away faster than you can say polybutelatedwhashamakailt.
Deprivation can set you up for binging. Candy and other less-healthy choices can be worked into an otherwise healthy lifestyle in moderation. Be a role model and have a conversation with your kids about how to incorporate treat foods into their diet appropriately.. It’s a skill that enables you to tame the beast.
October 31, 2012