Halloween marks the beginning of fall and its subsequent festivities. It’s a fun time to be spooky and to get spooked. However, it’s also a celebration associated with treats and sweets.
If you enjoy Halloween and underwent bariatric surgery, there are ways to celebrate it while still being in compliance with your eating plan. Here are expert tips from our specialists at Foothills Weight Loss Surgeons in Knoxville:
• Buy candy you don’t particularly like for trick or treat
Halloween trick or treat is traditionally done with candies. And candies, as many of us are aware of, are loaded with empty calories. A small candy bar alone can be a meal’s worth of calories, minus the nutrients your body needs.
If you want to stick with the tradition, you can do that by buying something you don’t really like. Trick yourself out of eating the treats! In that way, you’ll be less tempted to eat them.
• Look for healthier alternatives
If you don’t fully trust yourself in not giving in to your sweet tooth, you may consider getting other things aside from candy to give away. Think about temporary tattoos, small toys, writing stuff, raisins, cheese and crackers.
• Fill up before you attend a party
Halloween parties can be tricky especially after weight loss surgery. The good news is, you can still have fun without ruining your diet. The key is good planning and preparation.
Eat a full meal before you go to the party. If you want, you can also pack a small stash of healthy snacks in your purse just in case you get hungry. It can be a protein bar or anything that fills you up without adding too many calories.
• Give away leftover candies
Have some leftover candies from Halloween? Give them away. Having those candies lying around only increases your chance of eating them.
• Have a treat
Sometimes we just have that strong sweet craving. If that craving lingers even after drinking water or protein shake, then have a treat. Read the label to know exactly what you’re putting in your mouth regarding calories, sugar, etc.
• Keep up with your food journal.
Writing down your meals and snacks in your food journal will keep you on track after bariatric surgery. Doing this during a tricky holiday like Halloween will help keep you accountable.
Halloween is a fun time! Bariatric surgery should not restrict you from enjoying things like this. It’s in fact providing you with more opportunities to celebrate festivities like this.
Are you ready to start your weight loss journey? Our specialists at Foothills Weight Loss Surgeons in Knoxville, TN can help!
To start with the process, we require all our clients to watch our online FREE info series. This is to provide you with more information about the surgery and process. More questions? Call us at (865) 984-3413.
Foothills Weight Loss Surgeons is part of Premier Surgical Bariatrics in Knoxville, Tennessee. Foothills is affiliated with the Fort Sanders Regional Center for Bariatric Surgery, part of Covenant Health Bariatric Services.