Halloween is coming up next week, and the chill is already in the air. Everyone has scary decorations up and there is a spooky atmosphere everywhere. However the most terrifying thing about this holiday when you are diabetic is the free flow of candy and being haunted by test strips. Though with a bit of planning you can take all the stress out of this holiday and instead have a ghoulish fun time!
Take the focus off candy
There are so many things that Halloween is all about aside from candy. Work on a creative costume, carve some pumpkins (you can even roast the seeds, check the recipe here!), watch scary movies, put up spooky decorations, or go apple picking with friends and family!
Don’t avoid treats, moderate
You don’t want to create guilt about eating, so don’t make candy “forbidden.” Having something be forbidden makes it much more likely you’ll binge when you finally cave. Have a candy from time to time; just be smart about your portions. Also consider saving some candy for lows!
Trick or treating
Having a solid stockpile of candy is important if you are in an area with lots of trick or treaters. Consider buying candy you don’t like to pass out so that you can avoid temptation. You can also buy little toys or trinkets to give out, or healthy alternatives to candy.
Volunteer to bring diabetes friendly food for potlucks to ensure there are some good options. Be sure to eat a good meal before going to any parties so you’re not tempted by snacks and treats. Finally don’t forget about the carbs in crazy themed cocktails, and drink responsibly!
Navigating the leftover candy at work
Often people bring the leftover candy to work just to get it out of their homes. This is a fantastic idea, but can also be incredibly tempting for everyone in the office. If your coworkers inundate the break room with candy consider bringing healthy alternatives to share, or if worse comes to worst try avoiding the areas with candy until it’s all gone.