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Family Fitness: Making healthy Halloween choices

Posted by Bert on 10/31/2013 to Family Fitness
candy corn,halloween,fitness Today's the big day. The day the kids have all been waiting for...I've been waiting for it too. It's Candy-ween!!! I mean Halloween! That one day during the year when those fun size candies and treats can be consumed for weeks to follow. If you're trying to watch what you're eating today can put a huge dent in any progress that you've made. Lucky for you, I'm here to tell you that you do have a few options:

Option #1 - Indulge today but today only.

You don't have to have Halloween candy be a consistent part of your daily diet for weeks after this candy indulgent holiday. You can choose to indulge today and today only. This will take some restraint on your part after the day is over. I usually have my husband hide tempting food that's in our house from me. I figure why tempt myself when there's an easier way to remain on point.

Option #2 - Make better candy choices.

One candy is not like another and that definitely is the case when you compare portion size and ingredients. In their article title, Facts About Candy, Fitness Magazine gives a few helpful tips on which candy to "nibble on" and which candy to "nix." They offer suggestions such as choosing dark chocolate over milk. The taste of dark chocolate is stronger and therefore, you need less to satisfy that chocolate craving. Surprisingly they detail that white chocolate is your least healthiest option. Apparently there's no cocoa in white chocolate but there is cocoa butter and sugar...and lots of it!

For a the complete article click here.

Option #3 - Don't "cheat" at all.

Good Morning America's Tory Johnson shocked everyone when she dropped a whopping 62 lbs. in one year. She did it through changing her lifestyle to make a healthier one through diet and exercise. One thing that she's said that's really had a profound effect on my thinking is that she does not allow herself to have "cheat days" at all. Her reason? She views her struggle with her weight as an addiction. If she was struggling with alcoholism she wouldn't allow herself a cheat day to have a glass of wine, right? Right. I think if you believe that the struggle you're having with being able to live a healthy lifestyle lies within a food addiction this is absolutely the right mindset. 

For myself? I'm going with the cheat on Halloween method. Then it's back to healthy eating on Friday. So happy Halloween whether you decide to indulge today or stay away from the candy!