Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, which is a family-, fun-, and food-filled holiday for many people. If you’re on a diet or have a weight-loss goal in mind, however, Thanksgiving is probably causing you more anxiety than excitement. You may be wondering, How am I supposed to stick to my diet or eat healthy on Thanksgiving? While the holiday is centered around eating delicious and rich food—there’s the turkey, the stuffing, the cranberries, the candied yams, and, of course, the pie!—the day does not have to completely sabotage your diet or weight loss progress. I, for one, have been adhering to my meal plan and training program for the past three weeks and have lost three pounds; I’m not about to let one day set me back. Continue reading
Fall is my favorite time of year, so it only makes sense that Halloween is my favorite holiday. I love the chill in the air…the spooky decorations…the fun festivities like carving pumpkins, going on haunted hayrides, and dressing up in costume…the scary and not-so-scary movies (hello, Hocus Pocus!)…and the way Halloween lets you go back to feeling and acting like a kid for a day. And then, of course, there’s the candy!
While I’m all for indulging in moderation—sometimes you just need a piece of chocolate and not a carrot!—I think it’s a good idea to have healthy alternatives on hand to lessen the damage when a severe craving strikes. I also think it’s important to have a game plan for avoiding treats around Halloween—as well as the ensuing holiday season—so that you stay on track with your goals and don’t fall (back) into unhealthy habits.
Here are some ideas for healthy Halloween treats as well as some tips for avoiding that evil candy bowl. Continue reading