Holidays tend to be the exception: we stay up too late, eat too much, neglect our usual routines. We often welcome this change from the norm, and in doing so sometimes make choices we ultimately resolve to reverse come January first. With the first of many holidays to come knocking at our door this Friday, there is no better time to step back and make an early resolution: make this year healthier than last.
Start the season off right with a Healthy Halloween. This holiday in particular is about sugary loot, but there is still room for healthy modifications. With 3 simple acts you’ll be well on your way to a holiday season that feels good, and still tastes good, too.
1. First eat (real food), then Trick or Treat
Trick or Treating hungry is the adolescent equivalent of grocery shopping hungry – you ending up with a lot more than you need. To curb snacking from the goody bag between doorbell rings and control the gorging once you return home, have a hearty dinner before the festivities begin. Eating a meal will not only keep the sugar overload at bay, but also ensures that your children will be energized with the right kind of nutrients to help them to get the most out of Halloween.
2. First night free-for-all
For 364 days of the year you worry about how your children eat, sometimes struggling with how to fill them with more of the good foods and less of the bad. Invite your kids to celebrate this holiday the way they were meant to and let Halloween be a night you take a break. Once you’re home from Trick or Treating, the bounty is theirs to ravage freely for the night (hopefully they’ll invite you to have a taste, too). But starting November 1, draw limits the way you see fit. Without imposed restrictions on Halloween night, children are more likely to regulate on their own, which means your kids do the dirty work for you
3. Out of sight, out of mind
Half of the Halloween thrill is simply acquiring the candy. Once home it begins to lose appeal. That is until you and your little ones spot the seductively sugary stash. Limit temptation by keeping the holiday loot out of sight. Without visual reminders to tempt cravings, chocolate-inspired begging and idle gorging will be minimized.
– Written by Jennifer Markowitz
This post is part of a series on Healthy Holidays in 2014. Check back for Thanksgiving tips in November!