Ten Tips For a Healthy Halloween

by: Dale Reynolds

Does Halloween signal the starting of a whole season of unhealthy eating for you? The Halloween candy is out and we buy early for the best selection. Then it’s in the house calling our name, and we eat some of it (or all of it?) before the day arrives! After the trick-or-treat event, we have leftover candy in the house. And the next thing you know, it’s Thanksgiving and that starts the whole holiday feeding frenzy until New Year’s!

Don’t tear your hair out! Here are 10 tips to survive Halloween in a healthy way and head into the holiday season on a better note!

If you’ll be handing out candy to trick-or-treat visitors, consider buying candy that you don’t even like. That way you’ll be less likely to eat it.

Get candy that isn’t too high in fat and calories, such as lollipops or peppermint patties or hard candy.

Buy your candy at the last minute. This serves three purposes: you won’t eat a bunch of it ahead of time, you’ll probably get a better price because it will be marked down, and you might not find the kind you really like to tempt you because they might be out of it already!

Wear a costume while handing out candy. It will be more fun, so maybe you won’t think about the candy as much. Try to come up with a costume that discourages eating, like something with a mask or long fake fingernails.

Rent a movie and pop some popcorn. Hit “pause” when the doorbell rings. The movie and healthy snacks will keep your mind off the candy.

Keep the kids home (or invite your adult friends) and throw a costume party. Have a contest with several categories of winners (scariest, funniest, most original) and serve healthier treats like caramel apples or popcorn balls. Order pizza, or make your own using turkey sausage and reduced fat pepperoni, reduced fat cheese and lots of veggies.

Take any leftovers from the candy or party to the office, or (heaven forbid!) throw them out!

If your kids do go out to collect treats, have them hide those treats where you won’t find them. And suggest they ration the treats out over several days so the candy doesn’t fill them up and prevent them from eating healthier fare.

If you don’t have children, consider leaving your lights off (the signal in most communities that you’re not inviting trick-or-treaters) and go out for the evening. Go see a movie, or wear a costume to a zany restaurant where it would be appreciated!

Rake leaves by hand to burn calories (be sure to wear work gloves to avoid blisters!) It will help undo some candy munching. You might also chop and stack firewood, trim back the shrubs, or do other yard work in the crisp autumn air.

When Halloween is over, start planning your healthy Thanksgiving meal. Look at cookbooks, magazines, newspapers and web sites for lower fat, lower sugar versions of some of your holiday favourites and get ready to enjoy a day of relaxation, or at least a day with family and friends even if you’re working hard in the kitchen (at least you’re not working at the office!) Focus on the warmth of relationships and the fireside, and stuff the turkey only!

Dale Reynolds is an author, speaker, and weight loss counsellor from upstate New York. She has written a book entitled “A Slim Book On Weighty Matters”, and has a website with ordering information for the book as well as a free email newsletter and daily tips for weight management; www.slimdale.com

Diet and Fitness, Winning Tactics For Weight Loss

by: Bill Urell

Tell me, does this describe you? ‘I tried a zillion diets in
fits and starts and was never successful.’ Just going on a diet
will not give you a complete healthy persona. I finally paid
attention to what everybody was saying, but I was too lazy to

I added exercise and fitness to the equation. We also need to
stay fit as well as diet to lose weight. Our true wealth is our
health. Isn’t it worth your time bring it into peak condition
and maintain it? Diet fitness is all about an accurate mix of
diet and an appropriate fitness program.

This basically includes three levels of consideration:

1. Balance-A balanced diet must contain carbohydrate, protein,
fat, vitamin, mineral salts and fiber in well proportionate
quantity. Carbohydrates are the source of energy so these play
an important role in balanced diet. Intentional inclusion of all
foods from fruits to vegetables and meats to grains.

2. Moderation- portion control, small quantity at regular
intervals. I had to laugh when I heard the results of a 5-year
study costing millions of dollars the government ran to find out
why the population of the US is getting heavier. The
results…they determined we eat larger quantities! ‘Super Size

3. Variation – wide variety in foods,means higher chances of
complete nutrition. And variety in your workout routine means a
greter chance of sustaining it.

It is a well-known fact that poor diet leads to diseases, like
obesity, even cancer and heart disease. The link between diet
and physical fitness has well been established and recognized as
a science in itself. It’s the basis of dynamic and creative
intellectual activity. How do you balance diet and fitness?
What changes in your diet and fitness regimes will prove to be
the most beneficial ones?

These questions may have been on your mind for a long time but
you didn’t know where to start. I let the paralysis of analysis
prevent me from getting started for a long time. I wanted the
‘perfect’ fitness plan. My advice? Just get started anywhere,
but get started. There are the solutions at your doorstep. First
and foremost, you need to ensure that the diet you are on,
supplies you enough strength and energy to carry out the fitness
training which means:

The basic fitness diet should:

1. Have a wide variety of foods– wholegrain breads and cereals
for vitamins and minerals, leafy green vegetables for iron
fueling, fruit for adequate fiber, lean meat and Fish (lowers
cholesterol and helps prevent cancer) and low fat dairy

2. Enable you to have optimal weight and energy to carry out
daily activities with ease.

3. Enhance quick and complete recovery during exercise.

4. Supply enough fluids to have maximum hydration. 5. Provide
both short and long term benefits and ease of maintenance.

When the above criterion is satisfied, you can confirm that you
are on a diet that is not starving you or running you the risk
of malnutrition and weakness. Fitness programs can include not
only basic gymnasium but modern techniques like dancing,
aerobics and yoga for variety and fun. If it is enjoyable it
will be easier to maintain.

Make no mistake about it, fitness regimes help you speed up the
process of loosing weight along with the diet. That is the key,
the magic diet accelerator. So eat healthy, exercise and be wise!

About the author:
Bill Urell reviews only the best diet and fitness plans, tips, and articles that promote healthier lifestyles. Visit us and claim your FREE E-Cookbook, as a welcome gift.


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