Halloween Tricks- to NOT over Treat

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HALLOWEEN ………….

75% of an average person’s weight gain is between Halloween and New Year’s! DON’T WAIT UNTIL IT’S Too LATE……….

Get your head on straight now because Halloween is FAST UPON US.

FOR PEOPLE WATCHING THEIR WEIGHT HALLOWEEN CAN BE GHOULISH! THIS HOLIDAY IS COMPLETELY BASED ON FOOD!

OBVIOUSLY, IT IS BEST NOT TO OVERINDULGE, BUT YOU DO NOT NEED TO REFRAIN FROM INDULGING ENTIRELY- PRACTICE MODERATION.

When sugar enters your bloodstream, you experience a boost of energy but it creates a YO-YO effect. When your  blood sugar level drops, you can feel tired, draggy or have difficulty concentrating.  The quickest and easiest way to counteract these effects is to consume more sugar, which can lead to more cravings!

IF YOU CHOSE TO HAVE CANDY, TRY TO REDUCE YOUR CALORIES FROM ANOTHER MEAL OR SNACK THAT DAY, BUT DO NOT SKIP YOUR MEALS TO ALLOT FOR A CANDY BINGE.  THIS WILL WORK AGAINST YOU! CONTINUE TO EAT MEALS THAT COMBINE PROTEIN AND LOTS OF FIBER. LOAD UP ON VEGGIES AND WATER TO HELP FILL YOUR BELLY. YOU SHOULD MAKE SURE YOU AND YOUR KIDS EAT A PROPER MEAL BEFORE HEADING OUT TO TRICK-OR-TREAT SO YOU WILL BE LESS LIKELY TO OVEREAT THE “BAD“ STUFF. IF IT ISN’T MEAL TIME THEN HAVE A BROTH BASED SOUP, SALAD OR FRUIT SNACK.

IF YOU ARE BUYING CANDY FOR TRICK OR TREATERS TRY CHOOSING HEALTHIER OPTIONS OR PURCHASE CANDY THAT YOU DO NOT LIKE. YOU WILL BE LESS LIKELY TO EAT IT IF YOU DON’T LIKE IT.

BUY YOUR CANDY AT THE VERY LAST MINUTE, STORE IT IN AN INACCESSIBLE PLACE, DO NOT OVERBUY AND GET RID OF THE LEFTOVERS AS SOON AS THE TRICK OR TREATERS ARE GONE.

BEST CHOICES:

1 OUNCE DARK CHOCOLATE

LOLLIPOPS ARE SATISFYING, TAKE A LONG TIME TO EAT AND HAVE NO FAT!

FOR CHOCOLATE CRAVINGS, TRY TOOTSIE ROLLS AS A GOOD LOW-FAT OPTION. (12 MIDGETS HAVE ONLY 130 CALORIES) OR PEPPERMINT PATTIES WITH ONLY 50 CALORIES.

TWIZZLERS HAVE ONLY 75 CALORIES FOR 2. BUY THEM INDIVIDUALLY WRAPPED.

RICE KRISPIE TREATS COME IN A MINI SIZE FOR HALLOWEEN. 2 BARS HAVE ONLY 90 CALORIES.

NERDS CONTAIN ONLY 60 CALORIES PER TABLESPOON.

2ND TIER CHOICES:

MOUNDS, M&MS, ROLLOS  & BUTTERFNGERS (1 FUN SIZE BAR HAS 100 CALORIES)

AVOID EXCESS! ONE BUTTERFINGER BAR ISN’T SO BAD. IT IS WHEN WE EAT TOO MANY THAT OUR WAISTLINE STARTS TO EXPAND! MAKE CHOICES YOU CAN WAKE UP TO THE NEXT DAY & NOT FEEL AS IF THIS HOLIDAY WAS A SET BACK.

CARRY HEALTHY SNACKS WITH YOU SO YOU ARE LESS TEMPTED TO REACH FOR THE SWEETS. TRY TO CROWD OUT UNHEALTHY SUGARS BY SATISFYING YOUR SWEET TOOTH WITH NATURALLY SWEETENED FOODS SUCH AS ROOT VEGGIES AND FRUIT!

Remember we cannot immediately burn off this type and quantity of sugar, so it is stored as fat:(

As always, holidays are celebration of life and the people you love – so focus on that and not on the food!

Enjoy…….

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