Halloween is finally here, which means we’ll be carving pumpkins, watching scary movies, and trick-or-treating! Lots of people love the chilly nights and spooky atmosphere, along with delicious treats. What we don’t necessarily love is the way those treats make us feel or the negative health impacts they have. Weight gain is incredibly common at this time of year, and also incredibly frustrating. Take a look at our tips on how to enjoy a healthy Halloween this year.
Make Your Own Treats
We’re all guilty of indulging in Halloween candy, but don’t really know what all it is made of. Store-bought treats are most likely loaded with empty calories and sugar, neither of which do anything for our health. Try starting a new tradition this year of making your own spooky treats. Check out Pinterest for some inspiration, and you can create a delicious concoction that has fewer calories and healthier ingredients. And if you have kids, they are sure to have a scary good time helping you make them!
Set a Limit
For some people, there’s just no missing out on Halloween candy, and that is absolutely okay. We suggest setting a limit on your candy consumption. Whether you limit the amount of candy or the length of time you will eat it, setting limits is a great way to create balance. When that limit has been met, bring the treats into your work or school for others to enjoy and get back to healthy eating.
Try Other Traditions
Filling up on Halloween candy isn’t the only way to get in the spirit! Instead of focusing on candy, try creating the most elaborate costume you’ve ever made. Or transform your home into a haunted house. You might just spend the night curled up on the couch watching your favorite scary movies. Sometimes it isn’t about the candy as much as it’s about the feelings that come with it. If you find another way to enjoy Halloween, you will be able to have a bewitching night without the added sugar.
Halloween is a favorite time of year for so many people. From the cooler weather to the fun activities, there is much fun to be had. But it can also be very unhealthy if you aren’t careful, and life is all about creating balance. With these tips, you’ll be healthier from Halloween on!