Halloween unofficially marks the beginning of holiday feasting season and in order to keep your waistline in check through all the temptations, we have compiled a list of ways to avoid giving in to all those tasty treat temptations of Halloween.
Wait until the last minute to buy candy
If it’s not in your house or on your desk at work, you won’t eat it, right? Having treats in the house is a sure-fire way to start binging on them and if you end up eating the whole bag, you just have to go out and buy more. Stop at the store on October 31st and avoid the temptation.
Buy Less, Give More
If you buy less candy then you think you need, then you won’t have leftovers when the night is over. And if you give each trick-or-treater two pieces instead of one, not only will you most likely run out, you will also be the most popular house on the block.
Buy stuff you don’t like
One easy way to avoid eating gobs of candy is to buy the kind you don’t like. Love Peanut Butter Cups but hate Starbursts? Stock up on the latter and you won’t have to worry about self-control.
Don’t skip your workout
I imagine classes are going to be pretty small on the evening of Halloween. Rather than giving up precious time for yourself to hang by a bowl of sugar, make sure you schedule your workout around your Halloween demands. Whether that means starting Weds off with sweat session or adding in a different workout this week – show yourself where your priorities lie this holiday season by staying committed to your workout goals.
Eat a good meal
When you are hungry, you are most likely to grab the first thing in site to quell those hunger pangs. Make sure you eat well balanced meals leading up to Halloween and have plenty of healthy snacks on hand that you can easily choose when hunger strikes.
Indulge in a sweet treat
You don’t have to totally deprive yourself. In fact, if you do, you are more likely to go overboard when you finally give in. Allow yourself on piece or one handful of candy that you most want and savor it while you eat. That way you will satiate your sweet tooth without sabotaging your diet.
Pop a piece of gum
Next time temptation arises, pop a piece of sugar free minty gum in your mouth. Mint leaves behind an aftertaste that doesn’t agree with most foods and it will prevent you from mindless munching.
Toss the treats
When the night is over, and all the ghosts and goblins have gone off to bed, toss any leftover candy you have. If you feel bad about wasting money, donate it to an organization like Operation Shoebox or Operation Gratitude which sends extra Halloween candy directly to the troops.
Have kids? We have solutions
After your kids enjoy the fun of dressing up, talking to strangers, gathering candy… let them pick out 10 of their favorite pieces and then trade the rest in for a present or money. Next step it to get that excess candy out of the house, either by donating to an organization above, reverse trick-or-treating – passing out candy at a nursing home or simply discard it – the sooner the better.