Halloween is a tricky time for those of us trying to watch our waistlines! And the trick or treat size portions are tempting since they are not a full size candy bar.
Those calories will certainly add up and may lead to carb cravings later in the day, so it’s best to avoid them.
Some tips to help stay away from the goodies…
- Consider delighting your trick-or-treaters with a non-food item… pencils, erasers, or stickers.
- Or maybe you have a “trick” you can demonstrate for them! Isn’t it Trick OR Treat??
- If you give candy, don’t purchase it early. If Snickers are in the house, the temptation is near!
- Make sure you have eaten plenty of protein during the day to stave off hunger while the goblins are ringing your bell and your hand is on the bowl.
- Drink plenty of water. Thirst can mimic hunger and lead us to snack too much.
- Donate your leftovers. Ask your children to choose a few favorites, then donate to a local kids club or shelter.
- Make it a game… count how many ghosts or Olafs come to your door. Chat with your neighbors or the parents out with their kids. Distractions help to avoid mindless snacking.
- Allow yourself one or two small pieces. Avoiding it altogether may make the cravings stronger. Just keep track!
- Dress up in a costume that makes it tough to eat… wear gloves or a mask.
- Above all, enjoy the fun and festivities!