It is official. The holiday season is just around the corner and Halloween kicks off this time of feasting, family and fun. This also means you are entering the season of over-consumption, meals loaded with temptation and sugar bomb desserts.
When it comes to treats, Halloween is one of the most festive times of the year. If you or your kids love to celebrate with all the plentiful goodies around, you know it can definitely be extremely challenging to stick to your Paleo diet during this time. With the rate of diabetes and obesity rising every year in both adults and children, it is even important to be mindful of what is really in your food, even during the holidays.
The most important factor in enjoying a treat is making the decision to eat it. Mindlessly grazing on leftover candy and eating snacks, sweets or desserts that may not even taste too good are easy traps to fall in to. Eating when the food is around, in plain sight, can be a mindless habit and not a great way to enjoy a true treat or indulgence. These habits are also easily passed on to those who are watching you – your kids!
Be sure to mindfully choose when you’ll enjoy a treat. Make the decision to savor the food and the moment and take the time to think about why that food or that occasion is worth it to you.
Paleo versions of your favorite candy along with baked goods and dairy free treats made with almond or coconut flours and milks, nut butters, and dried fruit are healthier choices than conventional baked goods. These Paleo versions, made without grains and refined sugar, are still treats, but they deliver the taste sensation of traditional goodies without the problems of gluten and refined sugar.
Choose your treats wisely and always read ingredient labels carefully, even if the treat is Paleo friendly.
Since most pre-packaged sweets and treats are not a Halloween option when following a Paleo diet, thinking ahead and planning these types of foods becomes important.
Making real food treats that are great for Halloween (or any time of the year) is a fun activity to do alone, with others and with your kids. Here are a few of our favorite Paleo friendly snacks and treats to make and share this year
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A few considerations when choosing a Paleo treat
Avoid snacking on these tasty bites alone. Eating carbohydrates without a protein or fat can trigger a blood sugar roller coaster. The spikes and dips in your blood sugar can trigger hunger, fatigue, crankiness, and cravings. This cycle then causes a desire for even more sweet-laden foods.
Eating a protein and/or fat with your carbohydrates slows down the delivery of glucose to your bloodstream. These 2 macronutrients do not spike blood sugar as quickly or as drastically as carbohydrates do
Try not to feed your kids, or yourself, too much in any one sitting. It can be way too easy to over-indulge on sweet treats. The body can only handle a certain amount of at any one time and excess food eaten that cannot be used by your body for immediate energy gets turned into fat tissue and food for pathogenic gut microbes. Especially when indulging in a treat, be mindful to not consume too much energy, especially in the form of sugar, at one time
Following a Paleo diet does not mean giving up on treat filled holidays and celebrations. With a little planning you can stick to your goals and enjoy your Halloween.
Michal Ofer is a wellness and digestion expert and nutrition coach. She is focused on assisting clients to take control of their health and happiness through the sustainable food and lifestyle choices that best support them. Through strengthening the body from the inside out, her clients are able to reach new heights of health, happiness and wellness. Michal obtained her Professional Training and Certificate from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York. She has a further studied through the University of Colorado (Boulder) and Stanford University and is a Certified 21 Day Sugar Detox Coach. Michal has also received a Bachelor’s Degree in Life Sciences and a Master Life Coach Certification. For further information and to connect with Michal visit her website at www.michalofer.com