It’s getting to be that time of year. The dreaded holidays with sweets and treats. For those with gut issues, this is the absolute worst because there are SO MANY foods that make us feel awful. And for everyone else, it’s still a terrible time due to temptations and the looming added pounds. So, lemme make this holiday a bit easier on you. Here’s how to not blow your diet on Halloween.
Ok first off, if you’re the person that’s treating while your kids are tricking, then you definitely need to eat a full dinner before you head out. Or even if you tend to to nibble once the kids are asleep, you still need to make sure you’re properly satiated. So make sure to have a hearty, healthy dinner on Halloween.
My favorite strategy that I teach to my clients: protein, fiber, fat. That magic little trio will at least help your blood sugar from spiking like crazy. No one expects you to avoid all sweets on Halloween, so when you do eat them, don’t eat them alone. Pair them with some type of protein, fiber and fat, like a handful of nuts or seeds.
Get it out
Seems like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised. Even if you don’t have kids at home, and you’re passing out candy…hand it all out! Last year when the trick-or-treater barrage was dying down, we started handing out handfuls to the remaining kids. Another option is to donate the candy. Plenty of local places will take it off your hands. Once it’s out of your house, you won’t have as much temptation.
Don’t buy the good stuff
I’ve been doing this strategy for years. My guilty pleasures are things like Almond Joy’s and Reese’s. So guess what? I don’t buy them to hand out! I absolutely loathe Skittles (I know, I know), so I tend to buy those and hand them out so it completely ruins any temptation. I’ve also purchased bags of popcorn and Pirate Booty in the past, so even when I do eat those, it doesn’t make me feel guilty.
Drink plenty of water
Dehydration leads to cravings, so make sure you’re staying adequately hydrated. The rule of thumb is 1/2 your body weight in ounces daily, so make sure you’re filling up.
You know you’re gonna eat something not-so-healthy for Halloween, so when you do, savor it! Too often I see women inhale the food, as if eating it faster is a better option (no you aren’t burning extra calories) or to feel less guilty. Don’t. Enjoy that piece of candy or that brownie at the party. Use your five senses and make that sucker count. And of course, don’t beat yourself up after eating it. Just make sure to follow that PFF method up above 😉
Want a sweet treat that won’t leave you feeling guilty? Whip up this peppermint smoothie in under 3 minutes:
- 1 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk
- 1/2 banana
- 1 cup spinach
- 1 tablespoon flax seeds
- 1 tablespoon cacao nibs
- 1/2 -1 teaspoon of peppermint extract
- Stevia or monk fruit to taste (optional)
- Extra water if needed
Blend and serve!