5 Tips for Staying Safe and Adhering to Your Diet Plan This Halloween
It’s the spookiest
day of the year and that means all manner of parties, festivities, and
ghouls roaming the streets looking for candy and a fun time. Halloween
is the time of the year where people dress up and consume to their
heart’s delight. While this particular day celebrates fun and fright,
it’s important that the necessary precautions are made to stay safe and
keep on track.
Themed days such as
this always mean events where people can get together and enjoy
themselves. It also means a host of food and beverages. Adults will
usually dig into the harder drinks while kids will go roaming for candy.
Let’s face it; you’re an adult and you’re going to let go and eat
whatever you want. It’s great to have fun and let loose, but not if
you’ll feel guilty or like you’ve taken several steps back after.
Halloween might be
the pickup we all need after a hard season, but first let’s make sure a
few pieces are in place before slipping into costume and yelling
“trick-or-treat”. It’s important to have a plan of attack; it’s always
positive to plan your meals and Halloween is no exception. Since you’re
going to consume all manner of food and beverage, it’s important that
you have a plan in place so you don’t get off track.
Here’s a short checklist to stay safe in and out of costume:
1. Plan your adventure
adventure starts with knowing where you’re going and who’s going with
you, and transitions into how much you plan to consume. Think about how
much you’ll eat at each outing. It’s a good idea to plan ahead so you
don’t over eat when you get there.
2. Watch your alcohol intake
It goes without
saying that you’ll be downing a few beverages. Be prepared to stay
within a safe limit especially if you’re driving. If you don’t think
you’ll stay in your limits take a trusted friend who can also drive you
home later. Alcohol has a nasty way of packing on the calories without
you noticing so decide early what and how much you’ll be having.
3. Drink plenty of water
This may seem like
the strangest thing you’ll hear on Halloween, make sure to drink plenty
of water. It’s not just about hydration it’s about flushing all that
candy, junk, and alcohol out of your system at some point. If you know
you’re loading up on the sweet stuff, wash it down with water instead of
more sugar. It’s that simple, but it’s oh so important to keep your
water intake in check.
4. Portion your candy and other treats
Of course you’re
going to eat some Halloween candy, who skips the Halloween candy? From
chocolates to candy corns, to whatever is in the bowl on the table or
getting tossed into a trick-or-treat bag it’s all game. The treats are
really tasty, but if you eat too much too soon you’ll end up with a
tummy ache or other issues in the long run. Portion your treats; they
aren’t going anywhere and you shouldn’t snack on them if you’re working
or watching TV.
5. Stay safe
While it’s a given
that you’ll need to stay safe, pay attention to who’s around you when
you’re consuming drinks in particular. All manner of person will be out
and about so you need to mind what you eat and drink, and watch the
company you keep. Don’t leave your drinks or snacks unattended and above
all stay safe when going anywhere.
On a more serious
note, safety is one of the biggest concerns on Halloween. Under the
guise of Halloween and costumed mayhem, many people walk the streets
with all manner of intention. It’s important you develop a strategy to
keep your food intake under control, but that you also keep you and
yours safe this Halloween.
The last day of
October shouldn’t meet you without any options to further your career or
to stay certified and qualified. If you need CEC/CEUs we’ve got the courses that fit your needs. From exercise science to nutrition, we’re here to help move you forward.
To check out the Continuing Education courses click the link here and remember to stay safe this Halloween.