How to Survive Halloween Temptations?
Posted on 17 October 2016
Halloween is right around the corner, which means an overload of sugary treats, bite size chocolate bars, and candy corn is about to come raining down on your front door like one of the seven plagues. How do you handle the Halloween temptation? Do you have a hard time resisting the power of the fun sized M&Ms? Do you find yourself sneaking into your kid’s stash after they pass out from a sugar induced high? Do you find yourself with no shame stealing their Kit Kat’s when they’re awake right in front of you?
There are the tips on how to handle the Halloween candy temptation and avoid overeating the sugary treats - like eat right all day, get plenty of sleep, and blah, blah, blah. But those are boring tips. No one wants to hear those. Here are the REAL tips on how you, your sanity, and your waistline can survive this Halloween:
- Think about it like this. Halloween teaches a good work ethic. You’re teaching your kids a lesson about working hard for what they get, their first foray into the real world. You want free candy? Too bad, nothing in life is free, kid. Go out and walk twenty miles for it. You earn that candy. But don’t be the spoilsport and also teach them how the government takes out half for taxes. Save that for another day. One lesson at a time.
- A sobering cause-and-effect reality of stealing your kid’s candy: trust issues. As a former kid, this is a PSA to all parents out there. You don’t want the reason your kids have trust issues when they’re 27 to be because they woke up the morning after Halloween when they were 7 years old and found every single Twix mysteriously missing from their candy pile, do you? Do you? Think of the children.
- Buy candy you don’t like. It’s simple. You won’t eat it if you don’t like it. Like your poorer college days, buy the bottom shelf equivalent of candy. There is a good possibility you might find that your house gets TP'd the next morning by vengeful neighborhood kids, but at least you’ll get a fun new workout in by cleaning it all up!
- Buy the candy late. You won’t be tempted in the days leading up to Halloween to sneak in a few treats if they’re not in the house. Make the mad last minute dash to the grocery store the hour before mini Elsa's and Ninja Turtles start aggressively ringing your doorbell. The adrenaline rush will for sure burn some calories.
- Out of sight, out of mind. Keep the extra candy stashed away in opaque bags somewhere you never look or in the cabinet you need a ladder to get to. Lock it away, forget about it until you accidentally find it just in time for next year’s Halloween.
- Work for it. For every fun size Snickers you want to eat, that’s 15 burpees. Do ten squats for the Reese’s Pieces. Hold plank for sixty seconds. Earn that candy. Sweat for those Skittles.
- Get some gum. Sugarfree gum, that is. None of that 20-calorie-per-piece Double Bubble nonsense. Chewing something sweet with very few calories is effective at keeping temptation away.
- When all else fails, bring the extra candy into work. Honestly, better your coworkers than you, am I right?
Make sure to comment below and let us know how you handle the Halloween temptations! :)