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Healthier Halloween Hints

By Donald Shrump | In Motivation, Nutrition | on October 31, 2014

With seasonal activities like carving pumpkins and trick-or-treating, Halloween is one of the most fun times of the year. But it’s also the beginning of a season when candy, desserts, and other tempting treats become more predominant. Both are great reasons to step up your fitness game!

While both kids and adults love to dress up in costumes, most of the adults dread the thought of all the leftover candy and tremendous amounts of calories that come with it. Halloween is the perfect time of year to begin practicing balance and mindfulness in when it comes to eating. Possibly the BIGGEST mistake is being fooled by words like “fun size” and “snack size.” The next thing you know, one little bite-sized candy bar has become 10.

Toss the candy bowl:
People who have snacks within reach when they’re watching TV consume more calories per day overall. But instead of simply relocating the bowl to another table, limit the potential for mindless munching by keeping the candy bagged and in the cupboard.
• 3 mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups fill you with more sugar than a glazed doughnut.
• Remember that snack equals about 20 MINUTES of running intervals, or a 30 minute strength training workout

Work out on Halloween morning or Definitely tomorrow morning:
You can’t out exercise a bad diet, but starting your day with 30 min to1-hr of exercise can put you in the right mindset to make healthy choices when it comes to the Halloween food and candy.
• Don’t fall for the it’s just a small piece trap of the fun-size candy.
• 10 Hershey Kisses is a 30 MINUTE spinning class

Avoid Temptation:
If you really have a hard time with temptation choose to pass out non-candy treats such as bouncy balls, spider rings, pencils, erasers, bubbles or stickers.
• 90% of parents admit to sneaking goodies from their kids’ trick-or-treat bags.
• One small handful of Candy Corn is 5 sets of 25 Kettlebell Swings with moderate weight and only ~30 sec. rest between sets

JERF Before You Trick or Treat:
Just Eat Real Food like a healthy family dinner before the fun begins, this way the kids will not be tempted to eat candy along the way. Take a long walk around your neighborhood while trick or treating. After trick or treating sort the candy, inspect them and then set boundaries on an amount to be eaten.
• 9 Twizzlers carry as many calories as a Wendy’s Double Stack Burger.
• For every 5 tootsie rolls you have to run 1 mile

Give Non-Candy Items that Promote Activity:
Always offer a good amount of fun, non-candy alternatives which encourage kids to be more physically active. Inexpensive toys to get them up and moving such as:
• bouncy balls
• pretzels
• trail mix
• funny costume jewelry

Helping kids enjoy Halloween without overindulging can be challenging, since the goal of most children is to get as much Halloween candy as possible. Cutting down on high fat and sugar laden Halloween treats alone is not the answer, but if more people provide active and nutritious treats in place of candy, together we can teach children important lessons in healthy eating, conscious choices and portion control.

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