What’s scarier than ghosts and ghouls on Halloween? How about those big piles of your favorite sugary treats tempting you into a calorie-filled trap. On average, a typical trick-or-treat bag contains about 5000 calories-worth of treats. Moreover, parents consume on average 50% of their child’s candy from trick-or-treating (via Diet.com). That’s excluding the leftover candy that was bought to give out to other trick-or-treaters.
Whether you are hosting or attending a party, or going trick-or-treating with your kids, Halloween is a day filled with temptations and traps that could set you back on all the healthy choices you’ve already worked so hard to make. In order to help you better prepare yourself for the battle ahead, here are some easy tips and tricks to avoid over-indulging on candy and other sweets on Halloween.
1. Don’t Make Halloween an Excuse to Eat Candy. Treat Halloween like any other day. None of the healthy habits you do daily need to change. It’s okay to have one or two pieces, but don’t overindulge.
2. Don’t Go Trick-or-Treating on an Empty Stomach. Eat a satisfying meal before you go out trick-or-treating. Most people begin to crave sweets when their blood sugar levels are low, which is usually a sign of hunger. If you’re full, you’re less likely to want to eat the candy your child receives.
3. Buy Candy You Hate. If you are the person delegated to stay home and pass out the candy, a good way to avoid eating some of the candy yourself is to buy candy you hate. This way you won’t be as tempted to grab something out of the bowl for yourself. Another option, although other children in the neighborhood might resent you for it, is to pass out goodies instead of candy, such as pencils, erasers, and other school supplies.
4. Give Some of it Back. A good idea to avoid having candy and other temptations lying around the house for the rest of the week is to give some of it back. If you return from trick-or-treating early, you can give out some of the earnings you made earlier in the night. You can also go to your local hospital or school to donate some of the candy to children who are unable to go trick-or-treating.
5. Keep Only the Lower Calorie Treats. Fun-sized treats and candies with nuts and fruits sometimes contain less sugar. Though you should not overindulge in them, they are better options than the regular or king-sized candy bars filled with “extra” or “double-the” fudge.
6. Eat in the Company of Others. Because of the way our self-awareness works, we are less likely to indulge or “pig-out” when we’re eating in front of others. One of the main reasons is because when we are talking, we won’t have the tendency to fill our mouths.