Thursday, October 15, 2009

Top 10 Tips for healthy eating at Halloween

Eating Healthy This Halloween

Careful as we are all year, we seem to lose our inhibitions against junk food when Halloween rolls around – snacking on the sugar-laden treats we bought for neighbors’ children as well as the ones our own children bring home from their trick-or-treating. Here are some tips for resisting temptation:

Buy treats only a day or so before Halloween – so they’re not around long to tempt you

Keep the treats in an inconvenient, difficult-to-reach place till Halloween arrives

Buy treats which you don’t particularly like, making it easier to resist

Buy healthy mini-packs of:
    • Raisins or other dried fruit
    • 100% juice
    • Sugar-free hot chocolate mix
    • Trail mix
    • Cheese and crackers
    • Sugar-free gum

    Buy non-edible treats such as:

    • Stick-on temporary tattoos
    • Mini bottles of bubble bath or blow bubbles
    • Costume accessories such as wax false teeth or a stick-on mustache
    • Sidewalk chalk

    Take your children out after dinner – when you’re not hungry

    Go through the “goodie bag” when you arrive home – discarding any outrageously unhealthy treats or those with questionable packaging

    Put the remaining edible treats in that same difficult-to-reach place – to be dispensed one at a time on a scheduled basis (such as dessert time)

    When you yourself get that urge to indulge, take a look at your watch and wait ten minutes (if you’re lucky, you’ll get distracted and forget about the urge)

    Set a date – maybe two weeks after Halloween – when you’ll dump the leftovers

    So… plan ahead and – when it comes to the leftovers – think “waist” instead of “waste”!

    By: Dr. Margaret Lewin, Medical Director of Cinergy Health (

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