Halloween is one of those days of the year where we convince ourselves that ‘it’s Halloween and it doesn’t count’. You can look at this in two ways. You can either accept that statement and consume everything that passes your door, no doubt over do it and end up feeling rather sick with huge spikes in your blood sugar levels. Alternatively, you can accept that it’s Halloween and that you’re going to eat your chocolate and enjoy it in moderation. It can become all too easy to over eat and over drink (as this children’s festival has somehow turned into a drinking excuse for the adults too) when you’re surrounded by others doing the same.
I’m not here to suggest that you sit at home, avoiding junk food, alcohol and fun at all costs. I’m merely here to give you my top tips for how to enjoy Halloween in a healthier way.
- Eat Balanced Meals – Over the Halloween weekend you’ll no doubt be surrounded by a considerable amount of chocolate. However, if you’re eating balanced meals which are rich in protein, complex carbohydrates and healthy fats you’re more likely to have stable blood sugar levels which can help reduce the risk of overdoing it on the chocolate front. Opt for meals such as fish/ meat with quinoa/ brown rice and some roasted veggies. Alternatively if you’re vegan opt for quinoa with lentils, roasted veggies and some hummus or avocado for healthy fats.
- Set Your Limit – If you know what you’re going to consume and you allow yourself to have and enjoy it you’re less likely to go in for ‘just one more’, which often happens a few too many times!
- Get Creative – This is a great one especially if you have children. Again allow them a set amount of chocolate and then start to get creative by drawing on clementines and making ‘fruit ghosts’ with bananas and raisins for eyes. This way you’ll also encourage the children to enjoy more fruit.
- Drink Drink Drink – You’ll most likely indulge in a couple of Halloween drinks too, that’s fine although ensure that you’re drinking a glass of water in between each alcoholic beverage to stay hydrated. Alcohol dehydrates you and increases the removal of nutrients in the process and so stay hydrated and opt for plenty of fruits and vegetables the next day.
- Don’t Be Too Prepared – This may sound like a strange one as we’re always being told to prepare our food and think ahead. However, if you buy the trick or treaters chocolate too early you’re more likely to consume it before the day as you’ll have it in the house to tempt you. Wait until the last minute before you stock up the cupboards. Don’t over buy either or you’ll be left with the surplus.
I hope I have outlined some of the ways which you can monitor your chocolate intake over the Halloween period. Whilst these tips can be really useful, the most important tip is that you enjoy yourself because after all that’s what it’s all about.