"Don't you know what's goin' on out there? This is no Sunday School picnic!"
Ben, in Night of the Living Dead
Beating the Holiday Boos By Denis Faye
Beachbody's Guide to a Healthy Halloween
Halloween kind of sneaks up on you, doesn't it? One minute, you're fretting over how to eat healthy during the upcoming holidays when suddenly BANG! It's midnight on October 31st, and you're dressed as a giant M&M, going through your kid's trick-or-treat booty looking for a little treat before bed. They're just little Snickersyou can eat three or four guilt free, right? Wrong. Oh, the shame.
Well okay, so maybe that exact thing hasn't happened to you, but something close has, surely. So what's a giant M&M to do? As usual, Beachbody has come up with a few suggestions.
Candy ain't that dandy.
If you decide to allow trick-or-treating, the first thing to do is make sure kids hit the sidewalk with a big, healthy dinner in their belly. This can inhibit urges to sample the loot en route. When the kids get home, insist they turn over the goods. Then you can dole it back out to them a few treats at a time over the next few weeks. If you really want to get Machiavellian about it, once Junior hits the hay, throw half of his candy away. He'll never know the difference.
Finally, lead by example. Just because your neighbors are handing out sugary junk doesn't mean you need to. Although we live in an age when giving out homemade snacks or fruit is frowned upon, your local discount shop should have all kinds of cool little doodads that any kid would be happy to have, from crayons to rubber spacemen to our favoriteChinese finger traps.
Customize your costume.
It's all about the costume, man. So the first thing we advise is that you throw out that aforementioned M&M outfit. You've been working out all year! You've got a fit body now, so don't hide it! America needs fewer M&Ms and more shirtless barbarians and cheerleaders!
While you're designing your costume, think props. Idle hands are the snacker's worst enemy. If you're a naughty devil carrying around a pitchfork all night, it's a lot harder to get your hands on those nachos. Same goes for masks. There's no way around it; you're going to eat and drink less if you wear a gorilla mask.
With a few simple shifts in thinking and a little planning, Halloween can be turned into a pretty healthy holiday. If you can get by all those candied apples and individually wrapped snacks without gorging, congratulations. Thanksgiving is going to be a snap!
5 Fat-Fighting Foods to Add to Your Diet!
By Monica Ciociola
Here's a twist on dieting you might like: instead of pointing out all the forbidden chocolates and other sweets and treats you can't have, let's talk about what you can have! Of course, just adding these "fat-fighting" foods to a poor diet of pizza and potato chips won't give you a figure like Anna Kournikova. But if you replace some of the bad calories you're currently consuming with calories from these foods, you might just be nicely surprised next time you step on the scale.