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How to Have a Healthy, Happy Halloween

pumpkin patch for Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner! For many this means candy… and lots of it!

But that doesn’t mean you have to give in and have an unhealthy holiday.

 

How to Have a Healthy, Happy Halloween

Whether your children bring home the bounty, or you’re buying candy for the kids coming by your house, chances are you’re going to be inundated with goulishly sweet treats.

While the occasional piece of candy can fit into an otherwise healthy diet, getting more that 10% of your total calories from added sugars can lead to undesirable weight and health outcomes.

Let’s face it: the cute candies in the plastic pumpkins go down easy; but they quickly add up.

So what should you do when Halloween comes around?

 

6 Health Tips for Halloween

Here’s some tips for a spook-tacularly successful season:

    1. Buy only as much candy as you need to feed the army of zombies and princesses at your door.
    2. Buy the candy that you don’t like. That way you won’t be tempted to sample!
    3. Procrastinate: get your candy supplies the day of Halloween so the candy spends less time in your house and less time in your line of sight.
    4. Fill up on the healthful bounties of the fall season. Apples are ripe and delicious right now; and they taste just as sweet as a chocolate bar. And unlike candy, apples provide dietary fiber and essential vitamins.
    5. pumpkin seeds recipe from the Food NetworkAnother fun option: when carving your pumpkin, don’t throw the seeds away! Instead, roast them up and nourish your body with magnesium, iron, and dietary fiber. Here’s a delicious pumpkin seed recipe.
    6. If your kids’ candy haul is haunting you and your family, consider freezing the bulk of it and dolling it out over the next few months. That way, your children don’t get sick from over-eating; they’ll also learn how to healthfully incorporate reasonable portions of sweet treats into their overall diet.

 

Don’t Forget to Forgive Yourself

If you find that you have overindulged despite these tips, don’t despair.

Go for a bike ride, take an extra walk, eat well the next day and tell yourself that healthy living is just that: living.

You’ll have ups and downs.

Don’t let a bit of extra candy permanently derail your weight loss or healthy eating goals.

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And don’t forget, you can always call me for a consultation if you are feeling overwhelmed by season! You can reach me at: (301) 869-1787.