As you know, today is Halloween and sometimes it seems as though this spooky holiday is just an excuse for kids (and the rest of us too!) to gorge on candy and other sweets. If you're afraid you won't be able to resist temptation, you don't have to give in without a fight. Here are four strategies to help you enjoy Halloween without compromising your weight-loss goals.
- Provide healthy alternatives for you and your kids. Keep a ready supply of fresh fruit, cut-up vegetables, reduced-fat cheese sticks, South Beach bars, and other healthy snacks on hand throughout the day. By snacking on healthy foods, everyone will feel less of an urge to splurge on sweets after trick-or-treating is over.
- Establish a "no leftovers" rule at the office for yourself. For all your careful preparation at home, it's sometimes hard to avoid the leftover candy colleagues bring to work. Pack South Beach Diet–friendly snacks so you're prepared with healthy alternatives.
- Don't get taken in by clearance sales. After Halloween, stores will try to move leftover candy as quickly as possible. By avoiding the candy aisle altogether, you won't be tempted to take advantage of the lower prices.
- Allow yourself a treat so you don't feel deprived. No one said you shouldn’t enjoy a little splurge on Halloween. It is, after all, an occasion that comes just once a year. Treat yourself to one or two small pieces of dark chocolate (with nuts, if you like).