Healthy Halloween - Beating the Halloween Boos
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Halloween kind of sneaks up
on you, doesn't it? One minute, you're fretting over how to eat healthy during
the upcoming holidays when suddenly BANG! It's midnight on October 31st, and
you're dressed as a giant M&M, going through your kid's trick-or-treat
booty looking for a little treat before bed. They're just little Snickers - you
can eat three or four guilt free, right? Wrong. Oh, the shame.
Well okay, so maybe that
exact thing hasn't happened to you, but something close has, surely. So what's
a giant M&M to do? As usual, Beachbody has come up with a few suggestions.
Candy ain't that
How tough do you want to be on your youngsters?
Trick-or-treating is right up there with Easter egg hunts and Santa Claus
visits for most kids. Deny them and you might have a revolution on your hands.
But if you must, try replacing candy gathering with a trip to an
age-appropriate haunted house or some other community event. Then you can stop
somewhere for ice cream on the way home. No, ice cream isn't good for you, but
it's much better than a giant bag of candy and it keeps your brood from feeling
If you decide to allow
trick-or-treating, the first thing to do is make sure kids hit the sidewalk
with a big, healthy dinner in their belly. This can inhibit urges to sample the
loot en route. When the kids get home, insist they turn over the goods. Then
you can dole it back out to them a few treats at a time over the next few
weeks. If you really want to get Machiavellian about it, once Junior hits the
hay, throw half of his candy away. He'll never know the difference.
Finally, lead by example.
Just because your neighbors are handing out sugary junk doesn't mean you need
to. Although we live in an age when giving out homemade snacks or fruit is
frowned upon, your local discount shop should have all kinds of cool little
doodads that any kid would be happy to have, from crayons to rubber spacemen to
our favoriteChinese finger traps.
Trick-or-treating is dandy, but for many, Halloween is a
chance to let your hair down and recognize the night for the pagan bacchanalia
it was meant to be. It's a chance to put on a mask and be someone you're not.
It's all about the costume,
man. So the first thing we advise is that you throw out that aforementioned
M&M outfit. You've been working out all year! You've got a fit body now, so
don't hide it! America needs fewer M&Ms and more shirtless barbarians and
While you're designing your
costume, think props. Idle hands are the snacker's worst enemy. If you're a
naughty devil carrying around a pitchfork all night, it's a lot harder to get
your hands on those nachos. Same goes for masks. There's no way around it;
you're going to eat and drink less if you wear a gorilla mask.
With a few simple shifts in
thinking and a little planning, Halloween can be turned into a pretty healthy
holiday. If you can get by all those candied apples and individually wrapped
snacks without gorging, congratulations. Thanksgiving is going to be a snap!