Prevent Halloween Holiday Weight Gain

The holidays are upon us.  This usually means that people start to eat things that are higher-carb and they will put weight on themselves.   The “traditions” of the holidays–are man-made–and perhaps should be modified, as our society gets bigger and bigger.  I am not sure who came up with the idea that on Halloween–that we need to give a bunch of sugar items to children all night long.  I know their teachers are usually not too happy about it the next day because those kids are all wired from the whole event and the toxic poisoning of all of that sugar.

The carb-fest at Thanksgiving and Christmas is a whole other Oprah.  Let’s talk about Halloween though.

Here are some guidelines to follow if you are trying to lose weight on Halloween:

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At home:

1.  Buy candy you don’t like so it will be easier to resist temptation.
2.  Purchase candy at the last-minute so you won’t be tempted to sample it.
3.  Keep in mind that you will need to walk nearly a mile to burn off that 90-calorie “fun size” or “snack size” candy.
4.   Get out and walk with the kids or look at neighbor’s homes so you aren’t tempted to eat candy in your house.

At work:

1.  Do not bake and bring Halloween muffins, cookies, etc to work and when they are at work, stay away from them.  Have your healthier snacks available to you so you will not be hungry.  If you have to be standing or sitting near those sugary items, then eat your snacks before you are there and near them.

2.  There are recipes online for low-carb baking items and you should consider that if you need a treat.  There is also low-carb chocolate out there.  Eat a Power Crunch bar or a Nature Valley Protein Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate bar as a replacement of a regular candy bar.

A Taste Of Fall in Your Coffee

My sister-in-law recommends International Delights Sugar Free Creamer in Pumpkin Pie Spice
(in the refrigerator section) – “you just need a splash to have a taste of Fall !”

1 Tablespoon 20 cals, 2 g fat and 1 carb

You have to get the sugar-free one – the regular has 6 carbs per tablespoon!!

They also have a sugar free version in Coffee Mate,bench she tasted and it was far too spicy for her. She said that this one is much smoother than than Coffee Mate.

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Thanks, Denise!

Where to buy it: where to buy it

Be careful when buying flavored creamers. Look at labels. Most are laden in sugar and carbs and you could be putting on weight with flavored drinks. There are sugar-free versions with little to no sugar and carbs.