5 Tips to Avoid Overeating Halloween Candy
Are you panicking at the thought of you eating all of the Halloween candy before the trick-or-treaters arrive? You are not alone. Fear not, because I have 5 tips that will help you sail through the days leading up to and on Halloween day itself. Remember that the key to success is planning ahead of time.
“You need to take the power out of the candy and neutralize it.” ~Dina Rose, PhD
5 Tips to Kick Halloween Hangover to the Curb
1. Eat A Meal High in Fat and Protein
Start the night with a hearty dinner. Eat a meal high in protein and fat such as whole eggs with sliced tomatoes or wild salmon and a leafy green salad. The fat and protein balances blood sugar to help prevent sugar and carb cravings. When blood sugar is low, which occurs quickly after sugar ingestion, the body wants to bring the blood sugar level back up. So what do you do when your blood sugar dips? You reach for that candy bar. When your blood sugar is stable, you are better equipped to say ‘absolutely not!’ to sugar.
2. Drink Water!
Most people are walking around chronically mildly dehydrated and do not know it. When we are mildly dehydrated, our brain confuses thirst with hunger and so we can end up eating when drinking water consistently throughout the day is all you need to stave off the Halloween candy overkill. Drink a minimum of half your body weight, in ounces of water daily. If you weigh 120 lbs, drink 60 ounces of water each day.
3. Buy Candy You Don’t Care For (Or Don’t Bring Any Home)
If you do bring the candy home, don’t buy a lot and buy candy you do not care for..candy you would never buy. This will ensure that you won’t find yourself tempted into a sugar-laden feeding frenzy. Another option is to buy healthy candy such as dark chocolate with stevia instead of sugar.
4. Take The Supplement Chromium Picolinate to Help Balance Blood Sugar
Balancing your blood sugar is a crucial component to saying no to Halloween candy or any sweets. Eating healthy fats and protein is an important step as well, but chromium picolinate combined with protein and fat creates a powerful effect in help you to say NO to sweets. Choose the supplement chromium picolinate and take 400 – 600 mcg. daily to help kick sugar cravings to the curb. *Check with your doc first to rule out any adverse reaction with medication or health conditions.
5. Visualize How You Will Feel The Next Day
Those who have over-indulged on Halloween (or the weeks leading up to it), know all too well the feeling of being bloated, tired and more. Visualize and think about how you want your body and mind to feel. Do you have energy to burn and are full of vitality? Or are you full of guilt from the excess candy the day before? Really take a few minutes a day to visualize exactly how you want to feel. Halloween is one big sweet temptation nicely wrapped…if you let it. But by preparing in advance, you will not only enjoy this fun day, but you’ll leave post-Halloween guilt at the door.
Most importantly, don’t beat yourself up if you end up with a belly full of candy. Make sure your next meal is high in healthy fat (avocado, nuts, seeds, avocado oil, olive oil, whole eggs) and protein (fish, whole eggs, poultry, red meat, nuts and seeds, edamame, quinoa, dairy)
If you are motivated, make your own super-easy and healthy Halloween Candy packed with chocolate, almonds and coconut! The best part (besides being extremely healthful)? It only has 3 ingredients, tastes like an Almond Joy and takes just minutes!
Happy Healthy Halloween!