Eating Healthy This Halloween

By Dr. Margaret Lewin, Medical Director of Cinergy Health

Careful as we are all year, we seem to lose our inhibitions against junk food when Halloween rolls around – snacking on the sugar-laden treats we bought for neighbors’ children as well as the ones our own children bring home from their trick-or-treating.  Here are some tips for resisting temptation:

  • Buy treats only a day or so before Halloween – so they’re not around long to tempt you
  • Keep the treats in an inconvenient, difficult-to-reach place till Halloween arrives
  • Buy treats which you don’t particularly like, making it easier to resist
  • Buy healthy mini-packs of
    • Raisins or other dried fruit
    • 100% juice
    • Sugar-free hot chocolate mix
    • Trail mix
    • Cheese and crackers
    • Sugar-free gum
  • Buy non-edible treats such as
    • Stick-on temporary tattoos
    • Mini bottles of bubble bath or blow bubbles
    • Costume accessories such as wax false teeth or a stick-on mustache
    • Sidewalk chalk
  • Take your children out after dinner – when you’re not hungry
  • Go through the “goodie bag” when you arrive home – discarding any outrageously unhealthy treats or those with questionable packaging
  • Put the remaining edible treats in that same difficult-to-reach place – to be dispensed one at a time on a scheduled basis (such as dessert time)
  • When you yourself get that urge to indulge, take a look at your watch and wait ten minutes (if you’re lucky, you’ll get distracted and forget about the urge)
  • Set a date – maybe two weeks after Halloween – when you’ll dump the leftovers

 
So… plan ahead and – when it comes to the leftovers – think “waist” instead of “waste”!

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