When it comes to food, the word “healthy” scares most people. At this time of year, when and kids are dressing up in their best costumes to earn buckets full of sweet treats and families are planning holiday meals, the word “health” is not on the tip of everyone’s tongue. Take the kids in this Crest video, for instance. They literally gag when they taste healthy versions of the typical Halloween fare. If you don’t want to miss out on tasty seasonal treats, but still want to practice healthy habits, read on for tips on how you can have your pumpkin pie and eat it too.
Run like there’s a zombie apocalypse. Or walk. Just move so you don’t get “infected” with weight gain. When the weather gets cooler and it starts to get darker earlier, people tend to stay indoors and become less active. Avoid an autumnal lull in exercise by bringing your exercise indoors. Whether walking on an indoor track, or doing jumping jacks in your living room, tweak your routine so that it accommodates the change in weather.
Watch out for tempting witch’s brew. Fall is in the air and that means pumpkin spice lattes, hot chocolate, and other seasonal sugary drinks. While an occasional treat is acceptable for celebrating this time of year, try not to indulge too often. When you do order a pumpkin spice latte or other drink, ask for low-fat milk and hold the whipped cream. Cutting out the extra dairy will reduce the amount of fat and calories. Also, be sure to request fewer pumps of syrup to limit the amount of sugar in your drink.
Avoid eating like vampire. While it may be tempting to skip meals and “save up” your calories for a splurge on Halloween candy or for a big holiday meal, it is not a healthy option. Vampires may be able to go days without feeding, but your body needs a regular supply of calories to function properly. Skipping meals can negatively affect your metabolism, causing you to actually gain weight instead of maintaining or losing weight. If you know you will be consuming extra calories, remember to watch your portion size and plan extra time for exercise.
Eating healthy and getting enough exercise during the colder seasons can be challenging, but remember these strategies to help you survive Halloween and the rest of autumn and winter with your health intact.