Three Bewitching Ways to Avoid Adult Sugar Shock this Halloween

I don’t know about you, but just thinking about Halloween gives me a sugar high. Although I’m super excited about spending this fun holiday with my kiddos and friends on a Halloween that falls on a Friday, I’m already thinking about how I’m going to fend off those dreadful sugar cravings.

Research suggests that your brain reacts to sugar much the same way that it does to cocaine which makes sense to me, especially after last year’s Halloween nightmare.  After diving head first into the candy bowl, I awoke at 4:55 the next morning with a raging sugar hangover and a massive zit. I drove straight to FlyWheel for a 5:30 AM spin to try and mitigate some of the damage which thankfully worked (minus the skin flare up)!

I refuse to have another Halloween hangover this year, so I’m putting three strategies in place to help all of us avoid Adult Sugar Shock.

Buy yourself some top notch dark chocolate and grab for it when the cravings for Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and M&M’s kick in. Dark chocolate is high in antioxidants and can help reduce blood pressure (among other things). Buy a brand that has 70% cocoa or more to get the most out of the benefits; I like Trader Joe’s, Theo’s and Lindt.

Treat your kids’ trick or treat bag like it’s a disease. Get it out of your sight immediately or maybe do what we do every year, donate it to the poor children in “X” country in exchange for a toy. You’re teaching your child a lesson and preserving your ability to slip into your skinny jeans.

Eat a filling, heart-healthy dinner on Halloween night with veggies, satiating fiber and overall goodness. When you put something good into your body, you have a tendency to steer clear of bad things later that day.

Got a strategy we should know about for circumnavigating the candy bowl? Please share!

Happy Halloween!