I consider Halloween to be the official kickoff for the holiday season eating and weight gain battle. And let’s face it Halloween starts it off with a bang! For two solid months we are constantly enticed by sweet treats, alcoholic beverages, office party’s, family get togethers and just flat out good old American gluttony. So what can you do during these trying eating times and stay on track with your health goals? You could just stay home and hide from all the festivities, but let’s face it that just isn’t a realistic way to approach the problem. You could also go to all the events, but just not eat any of the tempting butt and gut, fat adding foods and drinks. Again that doesn’t seam reasonable and not a lot of fun. For those of you who are familiar with my philosophy, living like a food monk is not something I prescribe to, but more of smart choices and balance. With that being said, let’s take a look at some strategies you can employ in your battle of the holiday bulge.
1. Make a deal with your kids that everyone gets to eat two pieces of Halloween candy once a week until it is gone. More than likely the most desired pieces of candy will be taken first and they will soon lose interest with the remaining candy. Also make it a special event and you might even be able to make it your cheat day for those of you who prescribe to my cheat meal/day technique.
2. Probably the easiest tactic to use, is eat a healthy prepared meal before you attend a holiday or office party. The worst thing you can do is go to one of these events hungry, that almost guarantees you will shovel down several food items that will cause you great distress later on.
3. If it just isn’t possible to eat before you attend a holiday party, right before you eat drink about 20 oz of water. This will help fill your stomach and you will be far less likely to overeat.