Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Healthy Halloween Habits

1) Don't send your kids trick-or-treating on an empty stomach. Otherwise, they will consume a ton of unneccessary calories from candy! (The same rule applies to you if you are digging through their treat bag after they get home! Do it on a full stomach so you can control yourself!)

2) Allow yourself to have ONE of your matter how bad it is for you. You are more likely to be satisfied by getting the actual candy you want instead of downing the whole bag of sugar free chocolates. If you must have a Butterfinger, do it. But enjoy the snack size. And just one. :)

3) Remember - there's more to Halloween than just the candy. Have fun helping your kids carve a pumpkin, and don't forget that you're never too old to dress up! There's lots of things you can do besides see how many pieces of a candy you can eat in one day.

4) If you are taking your kids trick-or-treating, WALK! Use this as a chance to get some extra exercise, and earn those additional calories in your candy splurge! It always amazes me to see parents driving their kids from house to house. Get out, stretch your legs, and walk the neighborhood with them. Also, many churches and parks put on a Halloween festival. Stay active, and you won't even notice the extra calories on your body!

5) Resist the urge to buy the *ON SALE* Halloween candy on November 1. No matter how great a buy it is, you don't need the extra temptations lying around. Your house has enough candy right now! (Plus, Thanksgiving is just around the corner...)