Halloween is quickly approaching and it can be easy to excuse unhealthy eating habits. However, If you don’t take control of your diet this holiday season, the scariest sight this Halloween could be you not fitting into your jeans the next day. Keep the pounds off while still enjoying the holiday with these expert tips from Manhattan Medical Weight Loss Physician, Dr. Sue DeCotiis and nutritionist Isabel De Los Rios.
- Avoid insulin spikes by eliminating unnecessary sugars out of your diet. Instead of reaching for another soda, stick to water, and keep drinking it to flush out the toxins and keep your stomach full.
- Plan out your eating schedule before heading out to the party to keep yourself on track. Avoid arriving hungry by pre-gaming with an apple or a banana to keep you full.
- Eating a few pieces of candy isn’t a sin, but be sure to maintain your health by continuing to go to the gym at least three times a week, even on holidays.
- Dr. DeCotiis recommends fish oil to balance out the toxins in your body after eating an excessive amount of sugar.
- While no candy is really good for your health, there are some that are better than others. Isabel De Los Rios urges people to stay away from high fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated oil and instead opt for dark chocolate or 100% milk chocolate. While milk chocolate is better for you body, powdery candy and sugarless gum are much better for your teeth. More importantly, stay away from hard and stick/chewy candy because it can get stuck in your teeth and takes the longest to dissolve, leaving room for cavities.
- Find sweet alternatives by eating raisins, fruit leather, and natural chocolates.
- Take control of the holiday by throwing your own party where you dictate the menu. Opt out of sugary desserts and instead find delicious, healthy meals to serve instead. Your guest will have fun as long as they’re around friends and family. You’ll be amazed at how much more energy you and your guest have, which will keep the party going all night long.
- It is important to be aware of what and how much you eat. If your attending a halloween party that you know won’t offer many healthy options, bring your own healthy snack. This way you won’t be tempted to pig out in a desperation of hunger.
Halloween is not just about sweet treats, so get your friends and family involved in throwing a healthy Halloween celebration that you won’t regret the next week.
– Kendall Hill
Source: Isabel De Los Rios & Dr. DeCotiis
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