Halloween 2017 Survival Guide

By Joshua Crofton-Macdonald | October 20, 2017

For some folks, myself included, Halloween means the beginning of the holiday season! Christmas carols anyone?!? Unfortunately this also means the occasional candy binge on bite-size Snickers and tiny boxes of Nerds. However, following the awesomeness that is eating 200g of sugar in 10 minutes, comes the inevitable regret afterwards. As we are all aware already, this is not healthy.

 

Most candies are filled with sugars and sweeteners that stimulate our brain to feel good, but they lack the nutrients to help us feel satiated, which is the natural feeling we get that tells us to stop eating. This is how 1 piece can lead to more and more. Satiety comes from protein…and candy has very little of that.

 

Here are a few tips to help you BEAT THE CANDY this year:

 

  1. Prior to Halloween, stock up on candy that you don’t like. This will help you from seeing it and having the craving every time you walk by the candy bowl by the front door. I hate Skittles, Twizzlers, and all the other fruity and sweet candies. But if there is a bowl of M&M’s within reach or snack size Snickers…you bet I feel the urge.
  2. Give away ALL the candy in your house! This means being extra generous to the kids that stop by your house. You’ll be their local candy hero and you instantly become the nicest adult in town. This also has the upside of sugaring other people’s kids, and not your own. Parenting win!
  3. Workout! Our bodies are complex machines. Eating candy is not inherently bad for you, it is eating too much that is bad. Candy has sugars which is a source of fuel for your body, so instead of eating candy and watching TV, have a piece and head to the gym!

    Disclaimer: This is not an endorsement of candy as a CrossFit Black Bear approved pre-workout supplement 🙂

  4. Hide the candy in the cupboard. If you DO have leftover candy, don’t leave it out on the counter in a bowl for you to look at every time you walk into the kitchen. Take a Ziploc bag and put all the candy out of sight. By avoiding it, your brain will not be constantly sending you signals that make you crave it.

And after you make it past Halloween..comes pie and eggnog season! Stay tuned for our Thanksgiving Survival Guide!

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