5 tricks for enjoying treats this Halloween without weight gain

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Sarah Cook
October 12, 2018

Fall is upon us with football, cookouts, tailgating and holiday fun — which means we have lots of opportunities to fall back into our bad eating habits. So let’s take a look at some of those “treats” we like to enjoy and some “tricks” for how to stay on a healthy lifestyle program.

As the air cools down, tailgating and cook outs heat up and introduce familiar food favorites like ribs, wings, burgers, hot dogs and finger-foods which aren’t so bad unless we overdo it.

Then the libations start flowing.

Alcohol brings on lots of extra calories, and when combined with heavy food offerings, we come face to face with some tricky situations.

The kids go out trick or treating and bring home lots of goodies for Halloween or Fall festivals. We, the parents (older kids), pick through the candy bags and snack on a few of our favorites (you know you’re guilty of it).

Alcohol brings on lots of extra calories, and when combined with heavy food offerings, we come face to face with some tricky situations.

The good news is we can enjoy this time of year and have our treats as long as we follow a few simple healthy tricks:

  1. Stay focused on your healthy eating goals. (Eat slowly and enjoy the food you are eating).
  2. Eat healthy leading up to any planned event where you know there will be lots of potential treats. (Try to eat a healthy meal a few hours before your planned event to off set some of the treat temptations).
  3. When you do have an event with lots of treats around be smart with what you choose. (A few small treats aren’t going to hurt you, but binge eating a whole bag of candy corn isn’t a good idea).
  4. Don’t over do it when you decide to cheat with a few treats. (Be selective and choose those top treats that will satisfy your cravings).
  5. Stay hydrated when you are consuming alcohol. (Have a few cold ones but make sure water is part of your liquid consumption as well). Have fun and be safe!

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Sarah Cook

Sarah oversees social media and internal communication for Iron Tribe Fitness. Her goal is to share the mission of Iron Tribe so others can be transformed by the program, and ultimately become the healthiest version of themselves.