Here we go! Fall and Halloween season is upon us. Who doesn’t love everything fall? Sweatshirts, tailgates and football, shades of yellow and orange, pumpkin spice coffee and apple crisp, refreshing morning air, backyard fires, laughter with friends…chocolate.
Let’s be intentionally present, enjoying all of the smells, sights and feels of this season while also being mindful of the unnecessary sugar overload.
Kids AND adults…there is NO reason to put yourself into a sugar-induced coma on November 1st.
Adults, I see you and we have all been there – when the kids head to bed, ravaging through the candy bucket picking out our favorites.
Keeping it simple: Most of us can satisfy our sweet tooth ANYTIME. There is no need to make choices as if you will never have access to that Snickers bar again.
Here are some additional tips to enjoy, stay safe and ensure avoidance of a sugar-induced high and exhausting low:
- Choose miniature candy bars over the full-sized option.
- Pick the dark chocolate over the milk chocolate.
- Consider handing out hot chocolate packets, individual packs of flavored almonds, pretzels or non-candy items like small toys or glow sticks.
- Choose your favorite two pieces of candy and really enjoy them.
- Emphasize the act of trick-or-treating – a long walk, talk more to your neighbors and get some fresh air to balance out the treats.
- Don’t go hungry! Eat a balanced meal before heading out for the evening. Enjoy a perfect fall meal at home, like homemade chili, that can be made ahead of time.
Once the trick-or-treating is over:
- Save and clean your pumpkin seeds. Roast them with your favorite seasonings (350 degrees for about 45 minutes) for a delicious, fiber filled, healthy snack.
- Mix M&Ms with raw nuts to make your own trail mix.
- Look for local Halloween candy buyback programs. Usually many dentists in the area participate.
- Include your extra candy in a care package to send to a soldier overseas with a program like Soldiers Angels
- Donate to a local soup kitchen or make goodie bags for Operation Christmas Child
Interested in improving your overall wellness? Taking your life from where you are now to where you really want to be? Contact Lindsey at Lindsey@LindseyFisherNC.com or connect with her on social media @LindseyFisherNC.