Halloween spooking your diet plans? Here’s your game plan
By Brittany Anas
Halloween can be a scary, spooky time for our diets. So. Much. Candy. Everywhere. At home. In the office. Lurking in dishes everywhere you have an appointment. Not to mention that it’s out on display at all the grocery stores this time of year and it just seems to jump into our carts.
Yesterday we were talking about how to keep your kids from hoarding candy and buzzing from too much sugar. But, let’s be honest, we’ve dipped into their candy stashes while they were off at school. It wasn’t a proud moment. But, peanut butter and chocolate. Mmmm.
So, how can you survive the haunts of October without totally blowing your diet?
Here’s a few strategies.
- Buy candy you don’t like. Admittedly, this is hard for those of us who don’t discriminate against the gooey, chewy or chocolate treats. But when you stock up for Halloween, find the treats that are least likely to trick you.
- Take your kids trick-or-treating. Don’t trust yourself to be left at home with the candy bowl? Go trick or treating with the kids. And, don’t forget a costume! The Disney Store has an adult costume shop. Choices, choices: You can be the wicked witch of the West or Glinda, the good witch. If dad needs a costume, there’s a pretty awesome Pirates of the Caribbean hat and wig set. When you buy through ShopAtHome.com, you’ll get 3 percent Cash Back at the Disney Store.
- Eat a filling dinner on Halloween night. Whether you’re going to be home passing out candy or out trick-or-treating, eat a healthy and filling meal that will keep you from dipping into the candy stash. Try a lean protein — like fish — and some fiber-packed veggies and grains.
- Keep a “snack” bowl: If you’re the one who is at home passing out candy and you know you’ll have the urge to snack, set up a healthy treat bowl for yourself. (Think: Crunchy carrots and celery or a berry medley if you need something sweet). Every time you reach for the candy bowl, re-direct your hand to your healthy snack bowl.
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