I know that there are a whole host of helpful tips on having a 'healthy' Halloween, from buying back sweets and candies; to restricting the amounts that you and your kids eat. I'm quite lucky; I don't have a sweet tooth (pass me the crisps, nuts, chips, please!). However, my little ones turn into real life monsters if they have too much sugar. It is not pretty, not mention the next day when there are tummy aches and misery descends upon the household. Firstly as I have mentioned in previous posts, we are too rural for trick or treating; however, we do hold a Halloween party for the boys and their friends, so this is what I do. Hope it helps!
1. I make all of the treats from scratch. From Gummi Bears to Chips and Dips; yes it takes me time, but I get to control the amounts of sugar, no artificial colourings, no mystery ingredients that you need a degree in chemistry to understand and to be perfectly honest it saves my sanity. The boys love it; they get to help out, have fun and learn new skills at the same time.
2. Anyone who has ever had a household full of four and six year olds knows that it is chaos; so lots of energetic games and dancing are needed. Join in, have fun, don't be afraid to show them how it's done. After all, we have had more practice.
3. If you are going out trick or treating, make it part of your exercise plan for the day.
4. Eat normally for the rest of the day.
5. Deprivation is not the key; you are more likely to binge. Just be mindful of what you are eating.
6. I won't be in fancy dress, but I will be wearing my skinniest clothing most definitely not designed for comfort, just as a reminder to watch my food.
7. I always have healthy options available, fresh fruit and vegetables are always on my table.
8. Finally, if you fall off the wagon; dust yourself down it isn't the end of the world! Get up tomorrow the morning and have good healthy breakfast and carry on.
Just remember to have lots of spooky fun, Happy Halloween!