Halloween is almost upon us and are you ready to take part in the fun??

Posted by Beth Hartman

But don’t Trick Yourself---Treat yourself, (in moderation of course)!

Are you dreading the fact that there will be too many temptations out there this holiday weekend?  Besides all the candy that will be ever present, if you’re taking part in this ghoulish festivity make sure you have the right diet and exercise plan in place to keep you on track, while the tricksters are doing their best to tempt you.  Keep this in mind. Do not deprive yourself of any treats – the trick lies in moderation, because deprivation will only make you CRAVE for more food!

 Remember you set out to reach your own personal goal, whatever it is, there are many fitness apps. out there to help you reach that goal, along with various fitness activity monitor devices, from the Fitbit Charge with Heart Rate Monitor to the Polar M400 

Workout – Not Just Before Halloween

Slow and steady wins the race. Exercising vigorously just a week before the festive season won’t help. If you’ve not yet planned your workout routine, it’s high time you start your day with 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercises and gradually start practicing strength training. Health and nutrition experts say that exercising only allows you a little room to adjust those candy calories and put you in the right mindset to make healthy choices when it comes to the Halloween party plan.

 Diet – Manage your Hunger

Pre-planned meals will always make you feel satiated and so, you’re less likely to break-in the Halloween candy bowls. Don’t skip your breakfast or lunch on Halloween day to bank those calories for sweets. I have a plan to eat a bowl of low-fat chicken salad and veggies to keep my tummy full. So what are your plans?  Also, it is important to check what you’re drinking in the party. Keep your hands and mouth busy with low-calorie cups of coffee, tea, or juice and shy away from the bar table.

And if you are the host of the party tonight, consider buying non-candy goodies, healthier snacks, and baggies of nuts and raisins. Surprise your guests with a variety of low-calorie foods and make your Halloween party unique this time. A quality content diet is important for good health in the long run.

 Portion Size --

As I said, everything in moderation. So, it does not mean you cannot touch anything sugary. Do not deprive yourself of any treat. Eat everything, but check the portion size. However, don’t feel guilty for enjoying a small portion of a ‘not so nutritious’ snack. As you treat yourself with some unwanted fats on the party night, just hop back on the track the next day. Opt for an intense workout, which could be running, walking, swimming, cycling, weight training or kickboxing to set you right back on track with your healthy lifestyle after the treat.

 Focus More on Fun and Less on Food

Halloween is only one night. Try not to make it your gateway to an insatiable holiday season. Stay in shape and overcome overeating this year. Replace your candy bowl with a plate of colorful fruits and veggies. Decorate your fruit salad and vegetable bowl in a way that goes well with the Halloween theme party. This instills a little fun to the overall merry-making mood. It is a sheer excuse that Halloween gathering takes your focus off your healthy way of eating. Take charge of your Halloween plans and consult and delegate who brings what dish.

Have fun, indulge in a bit, but get right back into your regular habits the next day or the next meal.

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