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How to survive the Halloween Sugar Scare

October 31, 2014

Hello lovelies, and happy Halloween!!

I must say, this is my favorite holiday and time of year. For starters, it’s my birthday, making it extra special, but I also love to see all of the festive decorations, dress up in some fun costume (pics to follow later of this year’s), and enjoy lots of celebrations.

That being said, Halloween… and the holidays that follow… tends to bring about some anxiety and stress for many people who are trying to start, or continue on, their healthy path.  Halloween is almost synonymous with candy, chocolate, and sugar. And from this point until about Valentine’s Day we seem to be constantly surrounded by those sweet devils. The candy bowl and sugary desserts seem to lurk everywhere-  at home, the office, and every social event you attend, making it really tempting to over-indulge and very hard to make healthy choices.

But… this year CAN be different. And that’s where I come into play. Consider me your Wellness Warrior, helping you fight off those unhealthy temptations, continue to make healthy choices, look and feel your best, and still have FUN throughout the holiday season.

Below are a few tips to help get you started as we celebrate All Hallow’s Eve…

1. Eat nourishing and satisfying meals throughout the day:

– Make sure you eat solid meals full of good protein, healthy fats, and greens to help keep you feeling energized and satiated, keep your blood sugar level stable (so that it doesn’t crash and leave you making a beeline for the candy dish), and ensure you have a clear mind, so you are better equipped to make healthy choices. Whether at home or at work, you can certainly apply this!

2. Drink LOTS of water:

– It is important to stay hydrated all day and night. Very often we mistake hunger for thirst or dehydration, which then leads us crave sugar and make unhealthy decisions.

– Drinking a lot of water also helps keep things flowing smoothly in your body and also helps promote energy.

3. Shift your focus:

– Instead of obsessing over the dessert table looming in the distance, turn your attention to your family and friends. The holiday season is a great opportunity to spend quality time with those you love and strengthen your relationships.

4. Enjoy a healthy dessert

– You can still have dessert (trust me, I love my chocolate), just go for the healthier options. Have some dark chocolate (70% cacao or higher), a little dried fruit (enjoy sparingly, as there is still sugar in this), or whip up a healthy treat to satisfy your sugar cravings. Try my Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Cashew Smoothie or this mouth watering Pumpkin Pie Truffles recipe from from kris Carr.

5. Indulge, mindfully:

– There’s nothing wrong with splurging a little on a favorite dessert or a few pieces of Halloween candy. BUT, if you choose to do so, eat slowly and mindfully- enjoying each and every savory bite,  don’t go overboard with your helping, and give yourself permission to enjoy this- aka no self bashing.

 

So, try to apply these tips as we celebrate another Halloween (and birthday), and stay tuned for more tips and tricks throughout the holiday season.

 

Sending lots of love and spooks,

XO Melissa

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