Halloween is the official sugar holiday. It’s hard not to get caught up in the excitement of the witches, wizards, pumpkins and parties making it difficult to have a healthy Halloween.
However, Halloween can be a precarious time when you’re trying to stay focused on healthy eating. Sweets and treats surround us in every supermarket. Some say sugar is as addictive as cocaine.
Trick-or-treating will result in bags and buckets of sugary, shiny and hard to resist sweets.
And before you get any ideas, you are not doing your child a favour by eating the loot…
If you want to wake up on November 1st without a major sugar hangover and have a healthy Halloween, check out the Pepper Hustle’s Halloween Survival Tips:
Practice Portion Control
It’s Halloween and you should have a treat with your children. Set a good example for your family – have one mini mars bar instead of 10. Everything is fine in moderation.
Focus On Nutrition
Realistically there is going to be lots of extra sugar consumed around Halloween. Make sure to focus on good nutrition for mealtimes. Include a good portion of protein at every meal and concentrate on healthy fats and carbohydrates to round out your nutrition. If you are feeling sated, you’re less likely to reach for that trick-or-treat bucket.
Out Of Sight
Stash the trick-or-treat haul up high or in the back of a cupboard. When they’re out of sight and you’ve eaten good nutrition you are less likely to go rooting.
Celebrate With Non-Sweet Treats
It doesn’t always have to be about treats. Take the focus away from food and play some Halloween games with your kids. Or do some Halloween crafts. They love your time and attention more than sweets
Consider A Visit From The Switch Witch
Allow your children to take a few treats from their haul and leave the rest out for the switch witch. She’ll arrive in the dead of night with a non-sugary alternative e.g. a book and disappear into the mist with all the treats…this is not your cue to eat the treats. Be strong and dump.
Healthy Halloween Treats
Trade the big bowl of sweets for mandarins and monkey nuts. And don’t feel bad for giving these to your trick-or-treaters. They already have a month’s worth of sweets.
Enjoy the special, spooky day with your little ones. Remember, it’s all about balance. And if you do over-indulge…just hit the reset button the next morning. Don’t allow one bad day derail your body positive journey.
Lastly, if you’re tempted to scoff the entire trick-or-treat bucket – STOP. Jump into The Accountability Academy and we’ll talk you off the ledge.
Enjoy witching hour,
P.S. If you have any other suggestions or ideas for staying healthy over Halloween, we’d love to hear them.