How to indulge not splurge this Halloween?

If you have a sweet tooth, Halloween can be an especially scary time to try and curb sugar intake. But regardless of when the craving for candy strikes, there are some strategies you can use to take control and stick to your wellness goals.

Shop at the last minute

Don’t buy candies ahead of time- this is one time when waiting till the last minute is very helpful! Having a stock full of treats sitting in the pantry is going to unnecessarily tempt you and the other sweet tooth(s) in the home!

Eat before you treat

Ensure everyone eats a plate full of fall vegetables like pumpkins, squashes, sweet potatoes, {download your Fall Produce Guide here}, topped with some good fats like coconut oil/ghee, avocado oil, paired with plant or animal protein before they step out to Trick or Treat.

Walk a little further

Rather than following your usual trick or treating path, take the longer route or walk the same block twice. Need some motivation? Think about how much walking will it take to work off the calories in various types of candy? Hershey’s Kisses are about 50 calories. {source} You’d need to walk 0.5 miles, 0.80 kilometres, or 1000 steps, assuming you cover one mile in 2,000 steps! Remember to wear a comfortable pair of walking shoes.

Drink a little more

Drink more water throughout the week leading to Halloween. On 31st October, take special care on keeping yourself hydrated. Drink at least half your body weight (lbs.) in ounces of water. And don’t forget to carry a water bottle with you as you are out trick or treating.

Sit down

Take a seat; slow down before you un-wrap the first candy for the night. Make a rule of not eating any candies on the go or when you are distracted (by goblins and ghosts).  Eat it mindfully, with all your senses engaged. Take the time to savour its deliciousness. Feel no guilt, just enjoy the moment.


Sort out the candies into two (unequal) piles, keep the smaller pile for the family to enjoy over the next few weeks, and donate the second pile (larger of the two) If you cannot convince yourself or your kids to donate-Halloween Buyback might be a great option. They buy back Halloween candy at a scheduled event with $$cash$$, or other in-kind exchanges!

Want more tips and tricks to end the sugar cravings, get rid of the unwanted weight, ditch the belly bloat and have your energy back? Join this webinar, packed with action steps on how to Curb Sugar Cravings.

How do you manage sugar intake during the holidays? Would love to hear what works for you. Email and let’s exchange ideas.

About the Author

Ruchika Behal is a Sugar Land Momma, a Board Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Detox Specialist and Nutritional Therapist. She is currently pursuing further studies at the School of Applied Functional Medicine. She is the founder of “Nourish your life”, which is not only the name of her practice but also her mantra.

She supports individuals who are ready to change their food and lifestyle to end their struggle with unmanaged weight, poor digestion, lack of energy and other chronic health conditions. Ruchika works with those you want to take responsibility for their wellbeing. Her techniques are free of deprivation, or calorie counting. Her intention is to empower you to make food and lifestyle choices that best support your unique body and are sustainable in the long run. When it comes to food… she believes “healthy has to be delicious”.

To learn more about her visit , connect with her on Facebook, or Instagram Become part of her coaching circle, where she shares lots of videos, recipes and inspiration for a nourished life. Request access here

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