Stay Fit This Halloween

Haunted houses, ghoulish costumes, and adorable trick-or-treaters…who doesn’t love Halloween? It’s a fun and imaginative time of year. It’s a time to remember those who have left us and to look forward to new beginnings. It’s also the beginning of holiday celebrations, the food, the drinks, the fun….and did we mention the desserts? It’s that time of year when we tend to “insulate” for winter and come Springtime some of us notice that our clothes are a bit tight.

In preparation for the eating, drinking, and merriment of holiday parties,  try to minimize the weight gain by enjoying those Halloween treats in moderation.

  1. Stash the candy for trick-or-treaters away until Halloween night.
    If you must keep candy at home, place it where you can’t see it. You’ll eat much less of it because, as the saying goes, out of sight, out of mind.
  2. Eat a balanced meal before going trick-or-treating
    If you’re taking the kids out trick-or-treating, feed them (and yourself) a balanced meal with plenty of protein, vegetables, and whole grain carbs before you go. We crave carbohydrates and sugars when we are hungry. Avoid that trap and eat dinner first!
  3. Work out before you take the kids trick-or-treating
    If you work out before trick-or-treating, your body will be more sensitive to insulin. Your blood sugar will be lower and your hormones won’t fluctuate as dramatically after you eat candy or desserts. Your body will also digest sugar better if you exercise before going out.  (It DOESN’T mean go to town on candy bars, but if you must have one, at least you can digest the sugar more efficiently.)
  4. Eat a piece of fruit before you eat a piece of candy
    Before sitting down to a big bag of candy, eat a piece of fruit and drink 8 ounces of water. Eating fruit and drinking water has a significant role in being satisfied and feeling full. You’ll likely eat much less candy if you start with fruit and water.
  5. Give away the excess
    After Halloween, purge your kitchen cabinets of the remaining temptations. Bring the extra candy to work or give it to someone who can distribute it elsewhere. Better yet, get paid for it. gives you Cash for Candy. This is a national program with thousands of participating dentists and orthodontists. Use their zip code locator to find a practice that will buy back candy (typically $1 per pound up to 5 pounds) near you!

Have a fun, safe, happy Halloween!

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