Halloween is a festive time of year, but it can also be a mine field for temptations in bite-sized form. From October on it becomes harder to resist the sweets that are constantly being offered. At the office you will probably encounter a community candy bowl or homemade treats, now that the weather’s cooled and people have begun baking again. Parents that take kids trick or treating will have bags of candy around the home to resist. In reality, a small piece of candy will probably not affect you, however for those of us who are still learning to control our sweet tooth, having a game plan for holiday eating can keep our progress running smoothly through the season. Our goal at CHRIAS is to help you maintain the good habits you have been building since choosing to have bariatric surgery at our Delaware weight loss surgery center. Here are a few tricks for controlling treats during Halloween:
Move the Treat
“Out of sight, out of mind” isn’t a saying for no reason. If someone planted that community candy bowl near your desk, move it to a location across the office. Temptation to snack will be less if the candy isn’t within your view, or you have to get up each time you want a treat.
Bring Your Own Treat
It’s easier resisting a treat when you have your own tasty snack waiting for you. Instead of eating candy, which can cause dumping syndrome (when food in the stomach of a gastric bypasspatient moves too quickly through the small intestine), we recommend choosing a high-protein snack like nuts sweetened with few chocolate chips. Additionally, a small piece of quality dark chocolate has less sugar and contains healthy antioxidants.
Enjoy One Candy
If going through an entire October without eating a fun-sized candy bar wrecks Halloween for you, have one and give the rest away. Wait to buy candy for trick-or-treaters until the night of Halloween, enjoy one, than wrap up the remaining candy to send to soldiers or a local shelter.
Start a Health Challenge with a Friend
Having someone who will support your health goals is a helpful resource for keeping on track. Enlist a friend to start a health challenge during October. Make a specific goal, like only eating one fun-sized candy per week, or creating yummy bariatric treats to eat rather than eating a candy bar, and stick to it. Reward yourself for completing your goal at the end of the month.
Another helpful reminder is that many “Halloween” candies are really just regular candies in Halloween wrappers. If you really, really want something, you can get it any time of the year. Knowing they’re available year-round may help reduce the urge to overeat during Halloween. These tips can also help you remain focused after Halloween and throughout the holiday season. To learn more about the Lap-Band® or Realize-Band®, or to find more info on the gastric sleeve, attend one of our free weight loss surgery seminars, or contact us at 302-892-9900.