Here are a few tips to keep you on track this Halloween and all the way through the holiday season:
Remember that a holiday is just that…a day. ONE DAY. Halloween is not a two week long candy binge. Pick your three favorite candies and give the rest away. Get rid of it, donate it, and get it out of your house. My local dentist office is buying back candy from trick-or-treaters and collecting candy for the troops. Do a little research in your local area and give the candy away to a good cause.
Did you indulge a bit too much and now you’re not sure what to do about those pesky sugar cravings? Reach for fruit. Every time you get a craving for sugar or something sweet, eat a piece of fruit. Eat 3 apples or a pound of grapes if you need to, as long as you leave that candy alone. Dried fruit, fresh fruit, frozen fruit. Have as much as you want. Make a super tasty smoothie with blended fruit and some plant based vanilla protein powder. After a few days of only having fruit as your sweet treat, those processed sugar cravings will begin to go away and soon you won’t be thinking about it at all. Candy? What candy!
Keep a bowl of your favorite fruit on your desk at your office or place of work. You won’t be tempted to eat a coworkers treats if you are stocked up with healthy whole food snacks. Keep your favorite nuts, crunchy veggies or dried fruit nearby.
Drink lots of water. We tend to eat more when we are dehydrated. I carry a 32 ounce water bottle with me at all times and make sure I drink 3 a day. You should aim to hit half of your body weight in ounces each day, so if you weigh 140 pounds, you’ll want to aim for at least 70 ounces of water per day.
Move your body. When you exercise, you get a blast of those feel good endorphins. You’ll feel so good after a workout that you won’t want any candy. You just worked hard and you’re likely to make better choices with food now. Give yourself a high five! Break a sweat daily.
I hope these tips help you to stay on track through the entire holiday season!