Trick-or-treat, trick-or-treat, give me something good to eat!
Halloween, All Hallows Eve, Trick R’ Treat, whatever you want to call it, is here; that time of year where all ages dress up and indulge in candies and sweets. However, Halloween doesn’t always have to be about how much candy you eat. In fact, too much candy can leave some ghouls with a sour stomach. Just ask our doctors!
Each year, Americans purchase over 600 million pounds of candy to hand out and celebrate the holiday. From that 600 million pounds, each individual American will consume almost 4 pounds of candy during the month of October. A majority of that will be consumed on Halloween day, with kids eating an average of 7000 calories! Those are some stupefying statistics to gnaw on. However, Halloween can still be enjoyed so long as you establish some guidelines for you and your family.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
Sending your child out with multiple king size pillowcases may not be the best idea if you’re trying to limit their candy intake. Instead, head to your local crafts store and pick up a canvas tote or a small pumpkin basket. This will limit the amount of candy your child can acquire. As a bonus, you can spend a day personalizing and decorating your children’s bags for the big night.
Adults, Halloween isn’t an excuse to binge drink and eat. While it is ok to enjoy the holiday, do not take it to the extreme! Limit your alcohol consumption and avoid binge-eating candy. You can achieve this by tossing or donating any leftover candy in the house once the holiday ends. You can also replace some of the festive treats and traditional candy with healthier options like pumpkin risotto, roasted pumpkin seeds or a pumpkin shaped vegetable tray.
Remember, you can always text your doctor anytime for any further questions on planning a healthier Halloween.