With the rising obesity epidemic in our nation and the ever-approaching holidays that seem to revolve around food it makes anyone wonder how we can stay healthy and keep our family’s healthy too!
Halloween often means candy and too much of it. Eating too many sweets may increase your risk for developing the top chronic diseases in our nation like heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
Worse, eating too many sweets on any occasion can increase your palate preference for sweeter foods the following days setting you off track right when the holiday season begins.
Candy, often the focus of Halloween, is the second largest culprit of sugar intake in our country next to soda.
Try These Healthy and Bariatric Friendly Halloween Tips to Keep Yourself on Track:
- Keep your usual healthy routine for the day. Be sure to get your exercise in and hydrate with at least 8-10 cups of water. Exercise and good hydration have been shown to help minimize unhealthy cravings.
- Eat at regular meal times and include a protein rich food at each meal. Protein has been shown to improve mood and energy production thereby minimizing unhealthy sugar cravings.
- The average American consumes more than double the recommended sugar intake. Pick a favorite holiday treat and stick to one. Quality over quantity is a new concept for many people. Teach yourself and share it with your family and friends.
- When all else fails, chew sugar free chewing gum. Chewing anything has been shown to increase your body’s natural “feel good hormones” like serotonin.
- In our food obsessed culture, be a trend setter and redirect your attention to include healthy activities and celebrations with friends this holiday season. Get your best costume and really create a buzz this Halloween!
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