Staying healthy during Halloween

What’s the scariest thing about Halloween? It’s certainly not the little ghouls and goblins at the front door – it’s the copious amounts of sugar and candy we inevitably find ourselves surrounded by. Here are some tips to keep you and your family from over-indulging in the Halloween candy madness.

One of the smartest things you can do is buy your candy last minute. There’s no reason to have bags of candy sitting around the house weeks in advance. Do yourself a favour and resist the urge to buy it until the day before, or better yet, the day of Halloween. And be mindful of the quantities your throwing into the cart. We always tend to have an abundance of leftovers, so be smart, and buy less than you think you’ll need. Trick-or-treaters are going to be bombarded with candy, so don’t fret if you’re only handing out something small.

And once you do have the candy in the house, put it out of sight. If you can’t see it, you’re less likely to eat it. You can even buy candy you don’t like or offer up healthier alternatives. Most kids enjoy granola bars, fruit leather or even animal crackers.

healthy-halloweenBetter yet, skip the candy all together. A treat doesn’t necessarily have to mean candy. A treat can be Play-Doh, glow sticks, stickers, or even bubbles. Toys can be reused over and over, get kids active and using their imaginations instead of being sedentary and chowing down on junk food.

On the spook-tacular day, make sure you eat a healthy, balanced meal. Foods rich in protein and fibre will keep you and the kids feeling full, which will help everyone resist the urge to snack on the sweet Halloween bounty you just lugged home.

Having candy at Halloween is inevitable, so when you do indulge, be smart about it. Avoid the fun-size trap and enjoy the treats mindfully. Just because it’s small doesn’t mean you can eat more of it! Slow your pace, and enjoy each treat in the moment. A great way to keep on track is to set a weekly limit. Allow the kids (and yourself) a limited number of treats for the week and stick to it!

Keeping yourself accountable for your health is important. With these easy tips, you and your family will stay healthy, happy, and avoid the Halloween candy binge.