Hot by Halloween: 5 tips for firming up before squeezing into that costume
By Brittany Anas
Attention ladies planning to wear sultry cat suits and gentlemen expecting to transform into superheroes: This is your two-week notice. The Halloween countdown is on — and unless you’re going as a bear or a ghost draped in fabric, you’re probably hoping to make that Spandex or “one size fits all” costume work in your favor.
While you can’t expect a total body transformation to happen by Oct. 31, you can drop a few pounds between now and Halloween and use this time to firm up.
Here are five tips for whipping into shape before Halloween.
- Steer clear of the candy and sweets: October haunts our diets. National Candy Corn Day is on Oct. 30 and we just made it past National Dessert Day. Ay-yi-yi. Sweet treats are everywhere this time of year — from caramel apples rolled in chocolate chips to Halloween candy lurking at the grocery store and candy bowls in offices. Processed sugar is an archenemy to our diet for several reasons. Among them? Most candy provides nothin’ but empty calories (i.e. no redeeming nutrients that fill us up). Candy is also difficult to eat in moderation because studies show when we eat sugar our brains release the feel-good hormone dopamine — which amps up cravings.
- Avoid sodium (and ‘de-bloat’ if you eat too much): Cut out the salty snacks and high-sodium, pre-packaged foods. Sodium causes water retention and bloating — which is no fun when you’re trying on that costume. If you do eat too much sodium, there’s a few ways to “de-bloat.” Flush it out of your system by drinking water and natural diuretics like sugar-free cranberry juice. Eating cabbage can also cause act as a diuretic. And, foods high in potassium — like bananas, white beans, spinach, salmon to name a few — actually help reduce water retention.
- Eat pumpkin: Peter, peter Pumpkin Eater was on to something good. Pumpkin is high in fiber and Vitamin A and really low in fat and they are everywhere this year. Don’t just pie canned pumpkin for your pies — incorporate some into your meals.
- Take advantage of soup season: Make low-fat soups — like vegetable or chicken noodle — your “go-to” staple whether it be for a quick lunch or light dinner. It can’t get any easier than delicious “boil-in-a-bag” soups from Omaha Steaks. Some healthy faves: Santa Fe Black Bean Soup or Tuscan Tomato Soup. When you shop at Omaha Steaks, get 5 percent Cash Back from ShopAtHome.com. (Read more articles about Omaha Steaks here).
- Go for a run: Fall weather is perfect running weather. You won’t overheat and you don’t have to layer up. If you’re looking to get into the spirit of the holiday, check out a zombie run or a Halloween-themed race.
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