I can help with your weight loss woes, but maybe I’m not the best person to give Halloween advice. As for my Halloween costuming skills, they would hardly cement me as a finalist for Project Runway.
Exhibit 1: My first Halloween as a “princess”- definitely before Disney had the market cornered
Exhibit 2: Surfer girl outfits, complete with paper surfboards
But Halloween isn’t just a time for jaded adults to dress up as their childhood hero and pretend they don’t spend their days warming a chair at their desk job, or for kids to gorge on candy until they puke. Well, maybe it is. But, even during this holiday high on sugar and fantasy, you can still be a skinny witch.
Find a Lean, Mean Costume for Halloween
I know, I know. Though I already cautioned you against using me as your costume fashion muse, here are some ideas. Hide inside the number 1 searched costume this year: an Angry Bird! If you want to flaunt what you’ve got: go monochromatic. My costume fallbacks have included underrated classics like wearing scrubs, pajamas, or any solid color with animal ears. Hey, I warned you.
The Big Night
Trick or treating is not a marathon event. Take your little gremlins out for a set period of time, or somewhere with a lot of space between houses. If you don’t have little ones, reclaim your pride and stop begging other people for candy. For those of you manning the fort, buy candy that you don’t love so you will be less tempted to go for the classic, “one for you, one for me.”
Halloween After Party
Once the kids have returned, sorted through the sugar bombs, and have eventually passed out in a food coma, the hard work begins. How do you resist the innocent looking wrappers filled with refined sugar and fat? The first step is moving it out of sight. When you do partake, focus on the flavor. Eat one piece of your favorite candy and enjoy it instead of mindlessly popping it in your mouth on the way out the door.
Thinking about resorting to sugar-free candy to save your ass this Halloween? Read my LIVESTRONG article to find out if artificial sweeteners can really help you lose weight.
How are you going to have a slimmer Halloween?