Avoid Halloween Temptation: How to Stick to Your Diet When the Candy Supply is High
As Halloween is nearly upon us, it seems like sugar-packed and calorie-heavy Halloween candy is everywhere. And soon enough, Thanksgiving and its many carbohydrate and sugar rich dishes will arrive, as well as the many food centric holidays that fall in December. However, there are a few steps you can take to maintain your healthy eating habits in the last three months of the year.
Remove the Temptation
If you’ve ever purchased Halloween candy with the intention of giving it out to neighborhood children, you’ve probably given in to the temptation of eating a few mini chocolate bars and peanut butter cups yourself. Unfortunately, those small treats are packed with calories and saturated fat that will have your waistline expanding with remarkable speed. Since part of what makes Halloween candy so tempting is its ubiquity, if you put your sweets somewhere out of sight, studies have found that you won’t feel as compelled to eat them. This same technique can be applied to any baked treats that you plan taking to a holiday gathering.
Don’t Buy Your Favorite Candies
If you love mini candy bars with whipped chocolate or peanut butter filling, don’t purchase any for Halloween. Instead, buy small sweets that you actively dislike, such as sour gummies, fruit flavored hard candy or licorice. By keeping only the kind you don’t care for on hand, you won’t be as interested in impulse snacking. In addition, if you end up cheating on your diet, a few pieces of hard candy don’t have nearly the calorie or fat content of chocolate bars.
Chew the Temptation Away
If you walk into work and notice that someone has brought in a bunch of pumpkin bread and chocolate dipped marshmallow squares, you may feel your will power collapsing. To combat the temptation while also giving yourself a treat, pop a stick of sugar-free gum in your mouth. It will satisfy your sweet tooth and studies have shown that chewing gum can relieve stress, which can cause us to seek out unhealthy foods like sugary pastries.
Be Wary of Holiday Drinks
Pumpkin spice lattes, eggnog and apple cider are tasty holiday staples, but you should be aware of the fact that they are also heavy in calories, and you could be unintentionally blowing past your daily calorie allowance over the course of one Halloween party. A Starbucks 16 ounce Pumpkin spice latte has 380 calories, a 16 ounce cup of Organic Valley eggnog has 720 calories and Martinelli’s Sparkling Cider has 280 calories per 16 ounce glass. Avoid falling into the trap of drinking too many calories by making water your standard party drink.
One Candy a Day Keeps the Cravings Away
Lastly, one way you can enjoy the holidays while still being healthy is to only eat one piece of Halloween candy per day. Enjoy one serving of your favorite treat by itself while you’re not doing anything else, so you can really savor it. By savoring the experience, you’ll make it much more satisfying than stuffing several candies in your mouth at a party or while watching television. And, since you know you’ll be able to indulge your sweet tooth as soon as you get home, it’ll be easier to avoid Halloween candy displays and holiday theme-snack platters.