When October rolls around every year, it brings a new season with it: the season of costumes, masks, spooky creatures, and (of course) sugary, delicious candy. Along with the wonderful holiday of Halloween, this month carries bad news for everyone who’s attempting to diet or remain on a healthy eating plan. As the first food-focused holiday of the fall and winter, the precursor to Thanksgiving and Christmas, Halloween typically means over-indulging in bags of snack-sized candy bars and delicious treats like caramel apples and cookies. However, you don’t have to ruin your healthy habits each Halloween when all of this candy takes center stage. Instead, try sticking to these easy tips to avoid all of that unhealthy behavior.
Skip Mindless Snacking
When you’re out trick-or-treating with your friends, your children, or even by yourself, keep your hands out of your candy bag. Walking from house to house gathering so many sweets can lead you to eat along the way – after all, the candy is heavy to carry and right there in front of you. However, snacking on candy bar after candy bar is the perfect way to gain quick unwanted weight. Instead, fight off the urge to snack on that candy by eating before you head out to any Halloween festivities. Eat a heathy and filling dinner, and you won’t be tempted to turn to unhealthy snacks.
Keep Track of Your Calories
If you think munching on a piece or two of candy won’t do you any harm, you’re right – unless, of course, those one or two pieces turn into 15 or 20 pieces. One way to prevent yourself from snagging a piece every time a snack attack hits is to write down every calorie you ingest throughout the days, weeks, and months. On average, people collect about 11,000 calories worth of candy on Halloween. Before those thousands of calories make it to your waistline, write down every piece you eat, along with its calorie count. That way, you can see how much you’re snacking, and if your treats are causing your calorie intake to spike dramatically upwards.
Watch What You Drink
In addition to being the season of sweet candy and sugary snacks, Halloween is also a time for pumpkin drinks: ales, beers, and even lattes are all pumpkin flavored during this holiday. However, every one of those fall-flavored beverages contains extra calories and extra sugar, making them a poor choice for healthy eaters. You don’t have to avoid them altogether if you’re trying to stay healthy and food-conscious, though. Instead, just limit your intake by pouring yourself a smaller glass than you normally would. Drinking out of a skinnier glass can cut your drink size by as much as 12 percent, according to researchers who found that people pour this much more when using traditional glasses. It’s a simple mind trick that can help your portion control.