Hey, hey. It is FRIDAY! Wahoo.
I love me some Friday Tonight we’re going to a Halloween party at our church, so that should be fun…..still have NO idea what to be. Any suggestions?! We want to do something relatively easy (um hello, day of party!), cheap (duh!), and that matches (i.e. a couple of some sort). Let’s hear your ideas–GO!!
So, as we know, with Halloween comes a whole butt-load of candy. I remember when Halloween scared me….literally. Because I did not want to face all of that chocolate and all those calories, I tried to avoid all that candy (um, hello gym and library time!). Then during my bout with eating binges and emotional eating several years later, I pretty much grabbed every single piece I could. I even ate candy I didn’t really like.
And you know what? Neither of these scenarios made me feel better about myself. I actually felt worse, much, much worse.
So where is the balance? Is there a balance??
I can say that YES, there is a balance. There is candy everywhere starting right about NOW (holiday season IS starting! Wahoo!!), but that does not mean that you (or I) need to eat every single kind of candy, nor do we need to sample the ones we don’t really love.
I don’t necessarily love any candy and I definitely could do without most American chocolate (Swiss blood here!), but around Halloween time, it feels festive and extra special to snag some candy that I think is somewhat tasty. (My favs for candy : Starbursts, Skittles, Laffy Taffy, Twizzlers ; My favs for American chocolate bars : Snickers –especially the Almond kind, Twix, York Patties, Kit Kat)
To stay on track with your own goals, fitness aspirations, or health-conscious desires, here are some tips that work for me:
- Choose your all-time favorite candies and have 1 or 2.
- Give away candy that you will NOT want to eat. Then, if you’re faced with tons of leftover candy you won’t be as tempted to eat ‘em
- If you’re like me, then you’ll want to eat the candy/chocolate when everyone else is (I am a social eater), so wait to eat your candy–don’t just eat and go.
- Take bites of a husband or friend’s candy, then you don’t have to unwrap yours! Hah.
- Eat a healthy, fibrous, filling dinner before any Halloween candy event <—-you’ll be less tempted to eat tons of junk.
- Remind yourself that you have a workout to do the next day!! <—this ALWAYS works for me!
- ENJOY whatever candy/chocolate you do choose to eat and do NOT hate yourself, complain about it, or feel guilty afterwards (it ruins the whole experience of eating the great combo of fat+sugar). If you’re going to go for some of it, ENJOY it.
And here is a fun link to a quiz on testing your knowledge of which Halloween candy has more/less calories.(I got question 6 wrong!) Have a GREAT Friday–mine is starting with a nice, sweaty Zumba class-Wahoo!
What is YOUR all-time favorite Halloween candy or chocolate?? What is YOUR costume this year?? Any suggestions for us?