Even when you’re well past the recommended cut-off age for trick-or-treating, Halloween can be a tempting time of year for even the most health-conscious individuals! From bags of sugary and chocolatey candy to bowls of sweet punch at Halloween parties, it can be difficult to pass up these delicious treats this time of year.
However, if you have diabetes, it’s important to make smart decisions at Halloween time. After all, indulging too much will send your blood sugar through the roof and can result in complications that negatively affect your health.
Diabetes and Halloween: Avoiding Tempting Sugary Treats
When you’re on a diabetic diet, trick-or-treat time can be a harrowing time of year. But, if you remember that moderation is key while making better choices about indulging, Halloween doesn’t have to be so scary! Here are a few tips to ensure you stay as healthy as possible and keep your blood sugar in check at all those Halloween festivities this season:
Keep portion control in mind.
You don’t necessarily have to deny yourself treats altogether. If your sweet tooth really needs satisfaction, try setting aside one small piece of your favorite candy or chocolate that you can enjoy after a healthy meal. You can look forward to this treat, knowing it will satisfy your urges without skyrocketing your blood sugar by indulging too much.
Purchase treats that won’t tempt you.
When shopping for candy for your trick-or-treaters, avoid the temptation of opening those bags before Halloween even arrives by buying candy you don’t enjoy yourself. If you don’t like the type of candy you’ve bought, you won’t feel like you’re missing out!
Bring a healthy snack to the party.
Everyone loves a good costume party at Halloween. However, parties generally equal a variety of unhealthy, rich foods or baked goods. If you’re heading to a party this season, offer to bring a more nutritious option that’s part of your diet for diabetes already. This way, you know there will be at least one healthy snack you can enjoy that can help you eat less of those sugary treats.
Choose your treats wisely.
Again, you don’t necessarily have to deny yourself all the treats of the season. However, try to choose them wisely. For instance, go for “fun-size” candy bars instead of full-size, sugar-free gummy bears, dark chocolate, or hard candy.
Stick to your eating routine as much as possible.
When in doubt, stick to your recommended diet for diabetes and your normal eating routine. Eat a healthy and fulfilling breakfast, lunch and dinner to stay satisfied and keep you away from those sugary goodies calling your name. The less hungry you are, the more willpower you’ll have to make those smarter choices.