How to Make It Through Halloween Without Sweets
Halloween trails in its wake an endless sea of sugary delights and tempting indulgences. While we’re all for satisfying a sweet tooth urge every now and agian, avoiding sugar all-together is a necessity for some and a high-minded health ideal for others. If you’re looking to stay away from the sweet stuff this holiday season, here are some helpful suggestions to keep you feeling empowered and satisfied, sans desert. Keep scrolling to hear our tips.
Sugar takes a major tole on glucose levels. The highs and lows of sugar intake can result in glucose spikes and crashes, the results of which equals fatigue, brain fog, and irritability. When taken as a supplement, chromium assists insulin in regulating blood glucose levels. A dose of 200mcg of chromium with breakfast will prevent insulin spikes and dips throughout the entire day. If you find yourself consistently craving sweets at the same time daily, it may be due to to a dip in blood sugar. Instead of reaching for sweets, opt in for more satisfying proteins and good fats.
Avoiding refined sugar doesn’t mean you have to feel deprived. There are plenty of amazingly delicious and satisfying alternatives that don’t involve the white stuff. Dr. Oz endorses a mix of nut butter and dark chocolate, a naturally low-glycemic treat. We’re loving raw almond butter and refreshing fall apples for a creamy, crunchy delicious snack. This baked apple recipe from glamazon, Karlie Kloss, contains only one tablespoon of maple syrup in the whole dish. Oh-so enticing.
Passing on candy feels like less of a sacrifice after refocusing one’s attention on healthier indulgences. Instead of reaching for sweets, try lower glycemic index, savory options that won’t spike your insulin. Popcorn is always GMO free and a healthy, flavorful snack. As an added bonus, without the glucose rush, you’ll stay satisfied longer.
In the words of author and wordsmith Sylvia Plath, “There must be quite a few things that a hot bath won't cure, but I don't know many of them.” The allure of splurging isn’t just about the treat itself, it’s the attitude involved. Instead of getting an emotional fix from deliciousness, make a to-do list of your favorite “me time” activities and start checking boxes. Treat yourself to a bubble bath, mani-pedi, or binge session with your favorite guilty pleasure TV show. It's the thought that counts.
If you’re looking to stay on track health wise or simply make it through a detox, keeping your eyes on the prize is essential. Eliminating sugar from your diet has many long term benefits, from increased focus to more consistent energy levels throughout the day. Be kind and remember that forming any new patterns takes time and patience. The sugar struggle is real and quite pervasive in our culture. Reward yourself for each successful, well-disciplined day with a healthy splurge of a different nature.
Sugar releases endorphins that help us feel calm and relaxed, along with the feel good hormone, seratonin. Give your brain the same fix with a little exercise. Hitting the gym for a good sweat session will release the same chemical high with a healthier long term payoff. If you’re not in the mood to crush a work out, take a stress free, chill yoga class. An hour of detoxifying deep breathing will naturally lower cortisol levels, reducing stress and channeling in all the good vibes to help you stay happy and fulfilled.