Avoiding Halloween Pitfalls

30 Oct

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Halloween Tricks

As we embark upon the holiday season, the first holiday that can be difficult for me is HALLOWEEN.  I am not sure why, I am really not a fan of Halloween.  My kids always dressed up, I didn’t .  I have a pumpkin but I don’t carve it because I like to keep it out until Thanksgiving.  But yes, I do love the Halloween Candy.  My favorite is Reese Peanut butter cups and Twix Bars.  The big day is upon on tomorrow  but I have planned in advance for this day.  Here are some things I have done to prepare myself as well as GOING to do to get through the day and still stay on plan.

  1. I purchased candy that I DO NOT LIKE but little kids do.  Nerds, Bottlecaps, Suckers,  you know all the non-chocolate candy.  Yep, amazing even the husband doesn’t like them so the bags have not even been opened.
  2. Hold off on breaking open those bags of candy until just before trick-or-treaters arrive. Take it a step further and wait until Halloween day to purchase your treats!
  3. Prepare and have on hand some healthy high protein snacks for the day.  I don’t want to be handing out candy and be hungry at same time.
  4. DRINK LOTS AND LOTS of water the day of.  You and I both know this keeps us full.  Hard to think of food when I am full from water.  Hoping the craving for chocolate will pass as well.
  5. IF you have kiddies in the house, consider a candy exchange.  Several dentists in our area pay kids per pound of candy .  This is huge incentive to get rid of the candy.  Then take kids to dollar tree or Walmart and let them pick out some thing fun to do or play with.
  6. If you are walking with the kids, make it an exercise bonus.  One fun-size Snickers candy bar contains 72 calories. It will take a 19 minutes walk to burn that off.   That sounds like a bonus plan for me!
  7. Remember that Halloween, like other holidays, is just one day of the year. If you have a slip, get back on and stay the course.

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