How To Stay Lean During Halloween


Some frightfully appealing chocolate treats for Halloween.

This can be a tricky time of year. It’s the start of the festive season, in many ways, when the kids head out to collect Halloween treats. A few (or maybe more!) snack-sized chocolate treats later and you’re feeling that “Let’s hide my body under many layers of clothing” vibe. Then the holiday parties start coming and you start to think the world is against you getting any leaner.

It stops NOW.

On Halloween, no less.

I’m not saying that you shouldn’t eat treats for Halloween.

If there are some special chocolates or candies you like then have some treats, for goodness sake!

Personally, I find Halloween candy “the poor man’s treat”. I wouldn’t waste my calories and sugar intake on something like a tiny Snickers bar. Boring.

Or Rockets. Seriously, does anyone actually eat these powdery sugar sticks? There’s the least tradable Halloween candy out there:

Now Lindt chocolate truffles…that’s another story.

You get what I’m saying though, right?

Decide which treats are worth it and which ones are not.

The main thing about having treats is to really enjoy them. Don’t sit on the couch mindlessly eating potato chips you don’t even really like that much.

CELEBRATE!

If Halloween is a big thing in your family, then enjoy an evening of treats. Try not to throw up. Feel no guilt and go back to eating like a reasonable human tomorrow.

Eat your usual lean protein and vegetables before the treat fest and throughout the next day, while limiting starchy carbs like potatoes, rice, sweet potatoes, bread, etc. 

Not that there’s anything wrong with starchy carbs, per se, but if you’re going heavy on the sugar and fat with candy and chocolate then you need to balance things out with something like this:

Chicken breast, greens, and snow peas to help you recover from Halloween indulgence.

The main thing is, don’t use Halloween as an excuse to slide the slippery slope into a nutrition wasteland. Enjoy Halloween, if you choose to, with its treats and other traditions (pumpkin carving, yay!). Tomorrow is another day.

Ivana Chapman

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Ivana Chapman

Ivana Chapman BSc BA CSCS is a Canadian fitness and nutrition coach, happy wife, and mom to an energetic 5-year-old boy. She is a writer, published fitness model, speaker, 3rd Dan black belt in Shotokan Karate, former World Cup Karate Champion, one-time marathoner, and CBBF National level Natural Bikini competitor. She loves weight training and chocolate, not always in that order of preference.
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