Hi there! HAPPY Monday!!
How are you doing on this beautiful day? :D Did you have a SPOOKtacular weekend?! I went out of town for a Water Polo Tournament in Napa! OMGosh...Napa is gorgeous in the Fall!! During the downtime, I was entertained by looking at Facebook and observing the many creative costumes, carved pumpkins, gatherings, and LOADS of sweet treats...lol! October is truely a fun-filled time of year!!
H A L L O W E E N is tomorrow, which means lots of sugary goodness that tempts the sweet tooth! No one wants the neighborhood stigma of being the candyless house, right?! At least, I don't...lol :D For those who get an uncontrollable sweet tooth this time of year, there are practical ways to avoid eating candy, even when purchasing for the trick-or- treaters that may be coming to your door! This is easier than you may think and it doesn't require a lot of time or effort!!
No need to be FRIGHTENED...the following are 5 tips from NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) to avoid the candy crave! You got this :D
1. Wait until the last minute to purchase candy.
Don't keep candy around the house. Wait until Halloween day or the night before to go to the store to stock your treats. The less time candy is in your house, the less temptation you will have.
2. Pick your least favorite candy.
If you have a least favorite candy, pick that 1 for your trick-or-treat selection. You'll be less likely to gorge from the candy bowl if you don’t find it delectable. You’ll also notice that your favorite Halloween candies are probably available all year round or reshaped for other holidays, so you’ll never feel deprived if you pass the bag this time around. Candy corn and mellow creams have a color and shape for every season!
3. Splurge the natural way.
If you want something sweet, eat a piece of fruit instead. Not only is it more nutritious, it'll curb your appetite better than candy. Speaking of the splurge, evaluate how many minutes of exercise would need to be completed to neutralize the candy calories.
4. Keep it out of sight.
If you feel like the giant bowl of candy is still tempting, leave it outside for the trick-or-treaters and do something active to take your mind off the candy. If your trick-or-treater entourages can’t be trusted, leave the candy bowl near the door (if you don’t have dogs, put it on the floor making it less accessible for easy pickings) and go into the other room until trick-or-treaters arrive.
5. Get rid of it.
As hard as it may be to part ways, donate or give away any leftover candy. There are plenty of others that would appreciate a candy donation, your hips not being one of them.
Although following all 5 of these tips may be difficult for some, following a few will surely help in surviving the indulgent temptations at Halloween in a realistic and effective manner. The key is to set the stage for success. Although you may think you are missing out, just remember how good it'll feel when you realize that you had the will power to evade the unhealthy temptation. Just because you aren't joining the candy bandwagon doesn't mean you can't have fun! Get your costume ready and enjoy the trick-or-treaters!!
Have an AWESOME Halloween! Be good :D I'll be posting again on Thursday!!
Pamela Stewart, NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Weight Loss Specialist