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Are you able to enjoy Halloween candy without over-doing it? Did you know that how we approach Halloween treats is how we will approach other food temptations? This topic is important since every holiday (ie. Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, Valentine’s Day, Easter) has food temptations. The good news is that we do not have to ban treats and we can even enjoy them!
It is key to stock up with vitamin-rich foods like whole grains, proteins, fruits and veggies and have them easily accessible in the kitchen. You will also want to invest time in making healthy, delicious balanced meals. This difference in having healthy foods available and an enticing dinner will enable you (and your little trick-or-treaters) to satisfy their hunger and then enjoy treats secondarily. One of my clients was surprised to find that she was always tempted by Kit Kat bars because she did not have a kitchen stocked with other healthy, nourishing items to satisfy her hunger.
In my private practice, I find that it is common for people to restrict carbohydrates in hopes of losing weight (read my blog here why this is a bad idea). However, this only serves to sabotage our efforts when sweet cravings inevitably increase! Therefore, to prevent uncontrollable candy or chip cravings, always eat a well- balanced dinner with carbohydrates, protein and lots of veggies to nourish your body. For meal ideas, check out my recipe blog with meal ideas such as Dijon Garlic Salmon, Garlic & Rosemary Roasted Red Skinned Potatoes and Spicy Vegetarian Chili.