Halloween can be darned tricky if you’re trying to stick to a diet plan. Regular chocolate and sugary treats that you’d otherwise be able to resist shrink down to adorable, fun-size versions. Having just one surely can’t be so bad, right?
Probably no. But the problem is, we can’t only have just one. To help navigate the holiday in a healthier way, here are some great tips to curb your sweet tooth, without going overboard, and recover from a Halloween candy hangover.
Have a Splurge Strategy
Okay, we know this is Halloween, a holiday dedicated to tricks and treats — emphasis on the treats. But in order to survive the holiday without derailing your diet, plan your splurges in advance. Make it really specific — for example, you’ll have three fun-size bars or three peanut butter cups. If you have a plan, you’re more likely to stay in control.
Curb Mindless Eating
If you’re stopping by a Halloween party, keep your hands busy — your purse in one, a glass of water in the other — so they’re not as free to graze the candy bowls or buffet table. Stand away from the food so you can resist the temptation to nibble on everything you see.
Keep a Food Journal
Now’s also the perfect time to start keeping a food journal. The best thing to do during the holidays is to get a system of accountability in place. People tend to not want to journal when they’re being bad, and that’s exactly when you need to do it.
Down the Candy Stash
The next day purge the candy piles as much as possible. Store the remaining candy in the freezer. If it’s out of sight, you won’t mindlessly munch on it. Plus waiting for the candy to defrost gives you extra time to consider whether you really want those calories.
Bounce Back From a Candy Binge
To recover from the sugar binge eat meals full of veggies and protein for the next few days. Have a green juice that’s made with lots of vegetables and a lot of fluids, and higher protein-lower carb meals to help flush out fluid retention from the sugar. Then hit the gym for a calorie-burning interval workout.