I get it, it’s Halloween. You’re going to eat some candy. In fact, you’re probably going to eat way more candy than you wanted to and will likely feel miserable the following days and weeks as you tell yourself you’re DONE eating that junk! And then you go back for more. Again and again. Eh, it’s basically the start of the holidays anyway, you’ll start again next year. January 1. Yeah, that sounds good.
Halloween is often the start of the “holiday binging”. It doesn’t matter where you go, there’s candy everywhere you turn. You find people handing out candy at stores, your bank, your work, school, etc. You have bags of candy at home you opened in anticipation and now realize you’ll have to probably buy more when Halloween actually arrives.
It’s so hard to be surrounded by junk food. It tastes good, it feels good, and it’s free. Why not? But you know what, you don’t have to lose your self-control over Halloween. In fact, you CAN enjoy the holiday, partake of some candy, and still feel happy and confident that you felt more in control over your choices this year.
So how do you do it? How do you keep the Halloween junk food consumption at normal levels this year?
Buy candy bags that don’t tempt you
I’m not really a fan of butterfingers or twix bars, so that’s mostly what I buy. I know that if I buy a bag of kit kats or m&ms all bets are off. What is it for you that will keep you from raiding the candy stash before you even start passing them out? If you have a few candy bars you want to enjoy for Halloween, you can grab a couple to eat at work or even bargain with your kids for a taste of your favorite candy bar. The key is to at least avoid having the temptation at home as much as possible.
Keep yours and your kids’ tummies full and satisfied
It’s always harder to make healthy choices when you’re starving. Halloween can get busy with class parties, work parties, etc. Make sure you and your kids are fed well so you don’t end up binging on candy to fill those tummies. Check out this list of easy, kid-friendly meals to feed your family.
Hand out non-candy treatsFirst of all, if you do this, I know plenty of parents that will thank you later. There are always fun cheap, bulk items you can buy such as bouncy balls, glowsticks, pencils, etc. I bet even the kiddos will love a little something different in their bags!
Focus on the fun, healthy stuff you can ADD to your diet instead of focusing on how much you are depriving yourselfDid you know there are so many fun ways to celebrate Halloween in a healthy way? Banana ghosts, tangerine pumpkins, and gobs of delicious pumpkin recipes are some of the many fun ways to add nutrition and fun to your holiday. Instead of serving candy at your next party, try something different. Focus on ADDING healthy stuff and you won’t be so focused on feeling deprived of candy. It’s still a holiday and yes, you can still enjoy it!
Be a role model and teach your children healthy mindful eating habitsNo matter what time of year it is (although the holidays are the toughest), there will always be an opportunity to partake of junk food. Learn how to eat intuitively and mindfully. Listen to your body’s hunger and fullness cues. If your body is telling you you need a snack, grab one. If you need to eat a meal, eat one. The key is to be as prepared as possible so you don’t find yourself scrambling at the last minute because you’re starving. Meal planning can be simple and easy. Here are some great meal planning resources for you to use!
Remember, Halloween can be a very fun holiday. Try to find a balance between enjoying what the holiday has to offer while still sticking to the goals you have for your nutrition. This is a great practice round to help you feel more in control over the upcoming holidays season.