How to Avoid Halloween Candy Ending Up on Your Rear

Every year I struggle with he same thing all dieters do. halloween candyThe isles that fill up with candy starting in September and don’t empty until January. If I could avoid the store for all of those months, my butt would be a little bit smaller. Here’s my strategy to avoid Halloween candy ending up on your rear and mine.

Leave Halloween candy in the store.

It’s hard when you go into the grocery store and see the aisles socked with tons of candy and not buy a bag. What’s even harder is when it’s 50% off the day after Halloween. Make a point to leave the candy in the store. Nothings a good deal if it ends up on your rear.

Say yes to candy on occasion.

To avoid stockpiling and having candy in my house 24/7, I’ve made it a rule to drive or walk to the convenience store and buy a candy bar when ever I want one. Because I’ve allowed myself that freedom, I don’t stock candy in my house anymore and don’t struggle with multiple runs to the candy jar. I also don’t drive to the store to get candy because it’s too much of a hassle.

Try fruit first.

Sometimes my need for candy can be satisfied with a piece of fruit. If I choose fruit instead of candy I generally end up eating less calories and am more satisfied due to the extra fiber and nutrients in the fruit. Occasionally, the fruit doesn’t work for me and I end up eating the candy too. More often than not, it does.

Take your vitamins.

Your body craves missing vitamins and may turn to candy to make up for a loss of nutrients. Before you down your second Hershey bar, stop to assess if you might be missing a few key vitamins.

These four tips should give you a great start on reducing the amount of candy you buy and eat. I know they help me with my struggles each and every day. I hope that this year less Halloween candy will end up on your rear as well as mine.

4 Easy to Follow Travel Tips for Dieters

September is a busy travel month for me and I’ll spend almost half of it away from my tips for dieters It’s a dieter’s nightmare. In fact, while I write this post on the plane, the snack cart that’s filled to the brim with cookies, chips and other food items passes me by. I quietly flip it the bird in my head and reach for the nuts I stored in my bag. If you’re headed somewhere during this winter’s season, here are my favorite travel tips for dieters.

#1 Start your day with a high protein source.

I always start my travel days with a protein or juice drink. Having something high in vitamins and protein helps me start my day off on a healthy note. It also helps me avoid that queasy feeling I get when we hit a lot of turbulence.

#1 Plan for delays.

Delays happen. Even to the most prepared people. Your flight could be delayed, you could volunteer to take a later flight in exchange for a travel voucher or the weather could cause a hiccup in your plan. When you plan for delays, you can be better prepared to meet your hunger and snack needs with what you have in your purse. I carry nuts, gum and Tootsie roll pops in mine.

#2 Make good travel choices.

For those of you who forget to plan or are so delayed that you’ve eaten all of the nuts and Tootsie pops in your stash you’ll need to be prepared to make good choices. The in flight food menu that’s available on my current flight includes:

  • Fruit and nut mix ($5.00)
  • Goldfish Cheddar & Pretzel Mix-up ($2.00)
  • Hummus & Veggie Chips ($4.00) – the only Gluten-free item on the menu
  • Pringles Potato Chips ($4.00)
  • Chex Mix ($3.49)
  • M&M’s Almond Chocolate Candies ($3.00)
  • Tapas Snack Box ($7.99) filled with salami, peppercorn parmesan cheese, crackers, pitted olives, almonds and nuts
  • Fruit & cheese plate ($8.79) that includes fresh fruit, almonds, walnuts, crackers, Brie,
  • Cheddar and Muenster cheese
  • Continental Breakfast ($4.99), which contains a bagel, cream cheese, jelly, granola bar and banana
  • Egg Salad Croissant ($6.99), including egg salad, turkey bacon, Monterey Jack cheese, lettuce and a croissant
  • Pastrami & Rye sandwich served with kettle chips ($9.99)
  • Asian Chicken Salad ($9.49), with sliced chicken breast, romaine lettuce, wonton strips and sesame oriental dressing, mixed greens, broccoli slaw and cilantro

Depending on my mood, I’d choose one of the following:

  • Fruit and nut mix
  • Tapas snack box without the crackers
  • Fruit and cheese plate minus the crackers
  • Asian chicken salad less the wonton strips and most of the dressing.

I don’t always pick the healthiest menu item, but I try my best.

#4 Sit Down to Eat

It’s hard to take a moment to sit down and eat when you’re travelling. I try to have a sit down meal once a day when I travel. I love trying new restaurants in different cities so I use my Yelp app to find the secret spots that everyone loves. I check out the menu and plan what I’m buying before I walk through the door.

Travel Tips for Dieters

A little planning can make the difference between maintaining your weight or gaining ten pounds. Although I never plan to lose weight while travelling, I get pretty darn excited when I step on the scale and the needle moves to the left.

What are your travel tips for dieters? I’d love to hear your advice in the comments below.

How to Prepare Your Meals for a Week

When it comes to eating, preparation is the key to success. As a matter of fact, a study released by the American Journal of Preventative Medicine indicates that preparing and cooking your meals at home has been linked to healthier dietary habits.Prepare Your Meals for a Week

The best way to start is to plan your weeks worth of meals and snacks around the main dish. You can use the front page of your weekly advertisements to find protein and seasonal vegetables that are on sale, saving yourself money while you’re at it.

Portion Control Made Easy

Make portion control easy by using small, portable containers and jars to pack healthy choices like soups, sandwiches, veggies, nuts, fruits, pretzels and even salads. It’s easy to go overboard, mindlessly chomping away if you leave snacks like nut and pretzels in the big bag that they come in.

By using small containers, you’ll have just enough to enjoy a smart portion for a snack, lunch or dinner. These mini containers are available at Walmart. Save 1% and get a $10 gift card by signing up for Ebates here.

Chop Up Vegetables in Advance

Cut veggies in bulk ahead of time and avoid wasting precious minutes on those always busy weeknights. Firm vegetables like zucchini can last for up to 5 days in the fridge while bell peppers, onions and carrots can last up to a week.

Cut Up Fruit

Cut up fruit for a Healthy, Tasty and Convenient Snack. Keep prepared fruit handy in the refrigerator for wholesome and tasty snacking. Apples are the best and typically are cheap when they’re in season. Apples are one of those fruits that are great by themselves, sprinkled with a bit of cinnamon, dipped in walnut, almond or peanut butter.

If you don’t have one already, invest in an apple slicer/corer. With one swift motion, you can have apple slices in just a few seconds.

Pears are great too, hearty, sweet and full of fiber. Just about any fruit can be cut up ahead of time, it’s just that some last longer than others. To keep your apples and pears from turning brown, just soak them in some lemon juice for about 5 minutes.  The citric acid in the lemon juice prevents oxidization and browning.

Prepare Your Meals

Last but certainly not least, choose recipes that you can make ahead to make things easier for you during the week. In other words, which recipe, if you made it ahead of time, would make being able to eat a healthy breakfast easy?

How about having handy microwaveable unsweetened oatmeal on hand or Greek yogurt, berries and pre-cut fruit? For dinner, usually the most stressful time to have to prepare food and cook, how about having the prepared ingredients ready to make two or three slow cooker recipes? By slow cooking dinner, you’ll have food ready to eat when you get home.

Avoiding the Vending Machine

If you find yourself rushing to the vending machine in the afternoon for an energy fix, skip the candy bar and keep some small containers with almonds, walnuts, cut up veggies or fruit handy. Even a few chocolate covered raisins are better than an entire candy bar.

When you prepare your food in advance, you’ll notice that your days flow better. You’ll feel great having your healthy meals ready for the week in advance.