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    My health coach sent the following tips to me & I added some of my own tidbits {in brackets}.  Hope it helps you today on this very sugar-laden holiday!


    If Halloween candy is a temptation for you, here’s some tips:

    -DO NOT buy any Halloween candy!  Or, buy candy that you do not like. It is better to give out small packets of pretzels or play-do or fruit roll ups.  {I purposely buy candy that doesn’t tempt me: tootsie rolls, hard candies, suckers, and smarties.  I went to a party once where a woman gave out mini water bottles-great idea!}

    -Keep in your mind that there will always be candy, but you are choosing to improve your health right now, and candy will not help you reach your goal!

    -Freeze crystal light for a fruity, candy-like dessert.


    -Sugar free jell-o is a great candy-like snack {make it with one package strawberry, one package lime, and use water for the boiling portion and diet squirt or sprite for the cold water portion-delicious!}


    -Do not stay at home on Halloween handing out your treats. Instead, grab a bottle of water and take a nighttime walk around the neighborhood greeting your neighbors as you go! {if you live out in the boondocks like me, drive your kids around to elderly people’s homes & have them “model” their costumes.  Takes up time, keeps you away from snacking at home, and totally makes the people you visit feel awesome.}


    -Take healthy snacks to work {or parties} to keep from being tempted by candy in the office.  {I like to take crystal light packets for my water to have on hand, extra veggies, & my Medifast brownie with a dollop of fat free cool whip.}


    -{for clients} Cut up a Medifast bar and put it in a baggie. Freeze it for a sweet treat later!


    -A great idea to help keep the piles of candy from going into your children?s body? Have them pick out {their favorite} 5-10 pieces of candy out of their bag and buy the rest of the bag from them for $5-10 and then take them to the toy store to get a prize! Remember to throw the bags of candy away or give to a shelter! {if it won’t tempt you, you could also hide it and bring a piece out at a time for special rewards, treats, or desserts.}


    -{for clients} Stay in touch with your Health Coach {me!}, I will help you stay strong!


    -Plan & eat a festive healthy dinner that you can look forward to as a reward for staying away from the sugary stuff.  Stick something in the crockpot to look forward to, or grill a steak or chicken with sauteed veggies.  Try the cauliflower pizza-it feels like a treat to me every time!


    You can do it!  You can make healthy choices despite being surrounded by yucky ones!  Our Halloween plans are pretty laid back.  My oldest boy, G, had preschool this afternoon & we hurriedly whipped up these darlings {thanks to Pinterest!}, which I am in love with.  I wanted to do another idea which was not food focused, but ran out of time.  I’ll share that one in a Christmas version in December.  Later today we have a “Trunk or Treat” at our church where everyone parks in a circle with their trunks open handing out treats while the kids parade around to each car & show off their costumes.  I’m taking dum dums-not a big exciting thing-but something that has no appeal to me whatsoever and they are inexpensive and easy to give.

    What are your plans?  What helps you make good choices on hard holidays?



1 Response to Healthy Halloween Tips

  • Maggie wrote on November 1, 2011 at 12:25 // Reply

    I love the Mummies. So cute! We did packs of flash cards wrapped in ribbon with a small Halloween slinky attached. Super simple and I got 8 packs of cards for $.50! I was so not prepared for Halloween. But it was my last night before starting the program.Eep.


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