I know how hard it is to follow and nutrition plan while out and about let alone during the Halloween Season. But truthfully, as your Coach I want to provide you with useful and effective hacks so you feel educated & empowered to make balanced and nutritious choices at any party during any season!
Beware the Hidden Dangers of Overeating Sugar - We all know the effects of regular sugar intake but did you know that just one day of unusually high added sugar intake (like Halloween) can cause a short-term spike in blood sugar and insulin levels, which can lead to increased cravings, energy swings, and acute inflammation.
Remember Not All Sugars Are Created Equal - The American Heart Association (AHA) states that added sugars differ from natural sugars. Food manufacturers add sugars to foods, even those you don't think as sweet to satisfy your taste buds.According to the AHA BEWARE OF brown or white sugar, honey, and high fructose corn syrup.
Natural sugars are found in whole foods, they come with other key nutrients - Get Creative With Scary-Good Healthy Alternatives. Homemade sweet treats can be a great way to get the whole family involved in making Halloween a little healthier. Add healthy interactive food activities to your festivities! (BOBBING 4 APPLES)
Avoid Certain Candies to Protect Your Teeth - Sour candy is one major culprit when it comes to tooth decay. It’s extremely acidic which gives it that signature tang but it can easily erode tooth enamel.
Limit Alcohol Consumption and Prevent Dehydration - Excessive drinking, even if only for one night, can lead to an imbalance in electrolytes, which causes dehydration and reduced energy. Alcohol is a source of empty calories and your body will spend the next 3-4 days burning alcohol and not fat. Drink water throughout the day, at the event and before bed.
Monitor Nutrition Labels to Make Food Allergies & Bloating Less Frightful - Check the BACK before you SNACK - Don't get caught up in the excitement and not check labels for allergen and nutritional information as closely as you normally would.
Don't Deprive Yourself During Halloween Fun or before, Follow a Normal Eating Routine - Stick to your normal routine for the most part; don't deprive, restrict or starve yourself. Instead of focusing on what to restrict, focus on what to add.Have a few pieces of candy along with a platter of whole fruits and nuts this way you satisfy your desire to eat candy in a balanced way that doesn't spike future cravings.
Take the Three-Minute Test - The mood-enhancing properties of candy last only three minutes. Before you rip open that wrapper, ask yourself if the indulgence is really worth it. Wait 3 minutes and if you're still thinking about it then consume your treat of choice, but remember it's only three minutes of joy!
Detox From Your Candy Coma - In spite of your best efforts you may wake up in with a candy-triggered Halloween hangover, don’t beat yourself up over it, feel guilty or punish yourself with fitness or a lack of food. Have a filling breakfast with fiber and protein to help steady your blood sugar (try oatmeal with some berries and nuts) and participate in your normal, healthy workout at your usual time. Don’t use exercise as a punishment, but rather as a way to recharge your energy levels or lift heavier to use the energy for strength endurance.