Trick or treat…give me something healthy to eat? Between the candy, pumpkin lattes, pies and other temptations at Halloween parties and everywhere else you turn this month, “healthy” is the last word that comes to mind with Halloween. Luckily there’s an online resource for us to use to help health be a priority during Halloween. Life Time – The Healthy Way of Life Company weighs in on how you and your family can achieve a healthier Halloween.
I caught up with Paul Kriegler from Life Time’s Weight Loss Team and he’s given us a few easy steps we all can do at work to avoid packing on those pesky holiday pounds. This Halloween will be a happy one because you will be able to avoid screaming at the scale:
1. Ditch the break room:
Coworkers are infamous this time of year for bringing in treats to share during or even after the holiday (so they don’t eat them at home!). Don’t fall for those temptations of freebies and instead, try to encourage more walking trips during your break times. If you like to share, bring in some seasonal apples and heat up some almond butter with cinnamon for a nice dip. Healthy, but tastes like a treat.
If you are planning to give out candy on Halloween night, don’t by that candy until the day or two before the event. Rest assured, the grocery stores will have plenty leading up the day – you might even get it on sale – but it will also help you avoid eating or snacking on it yourself!
3. Trick or treat with your kids:
Halloween creates the opportunity to get exercise and more steps in! Make a goal of how many houses you’ll visit and make sure everyone is wearing comfortable, exercise shoes. Halloween might actually be one of the few holidays that encourages movement.
4. Skip the fun-sized:
Skip the fun-sized candy bars and choose individual servings of trail mix made with nuts, raisins or dried fruit, pretzels, and a sprinkling of chocolate pieces for a protein-packed snack will help you nix the munchies without leaving you feeling deprived
5. Check the ingredients:
There’s an app for that! Life Time has just introduced a new app for your phone. The Healthy Pantry App helps spot artificial ingredients and common allergens in many packaged foods and beverages by simply scanning a food item’s barcode to see specific information about its ingredients. It’s as easy as red, yellow and green! Practice scanning Halloween treats with your kids to help them identify healthier Halloween options!
6. Be a healthy party planner:
Don’t use the excuse that Halloween gatherings take your focus off your Healthy Way of Eating. Take charge of your Halloween plans, and delegate who brings what dish. Volunteer to steer the menu options toward more whole foods and fewer processed carbs. Plan on bringing one of the main dishes to ensure everyone (including you!) has a healthy, filling food option. If you don’t want the hassle of planning, bring your family to any Life Time location for Spooktacular- a healthy Halloween event. There’s games, activities and a costume contest and more.
7. Don’t drag out the holidays…it’s a long season:
Halloween is one day; have fun and indulge a bit, but get right back into habits the next meal or day. Don’t justify an entire weekend of indulging only to be spooked by the scale or tight pants and low energy next week!
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