Your Halloween Recovery Plan: Top 5 Things to Do & Eat Right Now!

November 1, 2018homemade
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So I got roped into a little bit of last minute Trick or Treating with my little girl last night…

 

And of course, we all went totally overboard with the candy…and woke up with ‘sugar-hangovers’.

If you can relate, then check this out:

Your Halloween Recovery Plan: The Top 5 Things to Do & Eat Right Now! 

1. Get Rid of your Halloween Candy Haul (and other temptations…)

At the Homemade Method, we believe life is for enjoying to the fullest – so no foods are off limits – including special treats like Halloween Candy! So I was able to get into the Holiday spirit and enjoy last night ‘guilt-free’.

But after we’d filled our stomachs (and souls) with sweets & treats, there’s no need to keep going…

I always say to my Members: Your health & weight is NOT what you ate on Halloween, or at Thanksgiving or on your Birthday.

Your health & weight are the result of your COLLECTION OF HABITS – the things you do every day, over and over and over.

So the SECRET is to get back to your normal healthy eating lifestyle as quickly as possible.

And my number 1 advice to do that is to get rid of your Halloween Candy haul ASAP – Set yourself up for success & remove the temptations.

When we were walking home after trick or treating, we went past an ice cream parlor – I poured our entire candy stash on the table and told the surprised customers to enjoy! (I admittedly set aside my favorite 3 treats first… you can do this too 🙂

This morning I woke up and was back on track straight away.

 

2. Drink your Fibre

Your body ALWAYS thrives on lots of fiber.

BUT after you’ve over-indulged in sugary foods, fibre is your BEST FRIEND.

Here’s why:

After you’ve eaten a lot of sugar, your body releases insulin to control your blood sugar levels AND the insulin tells your body to convert the glucose in your blood into fat if it’s not needed for energy.

When you add fibre in the mix, you slow or stop this reaction – meaning your blood sugars don’t spike as much, your body doesn’t release as much insulin, and you give your body a chance to burn up the excess energy before it’s stored as fat.

Of course, you can eat high fibre foods like beans, veggies & fruits. But to get maximum bang for your buck:

I recommend drinking a high-fibre blend in a cup of water, such as a teaspoon a psyllium husk, ground flax, or chia seeds.

As an added BONUS, the fiber helps clear out your intestinal tract, removing the heavy, bloated feeling you may have after consuming a lot of refined sugary foods (which typically contain no fiber and so can clog up your digestive tract).

I did this last night & repeated again this morning and definitely feel that it helps me with a quick recovery!

 

3. Eat Alkalizing Celery, Cucumber, Beets, or Parsley

Sugary foods have an acid forming effect on the body when they are digested.

This acid forming effect is linked with inflammation and also a host of chronic diseases (including hypertension, stroke, obesity, being overweight and chronic pain).

This also contributes to the ‘sugar-hangover feeling you can have after eating lots of sugar!

The ‘antidote’ is to eat an ‘alkaline diet’ – or a diet high in foods that have an alkalizing effect on the body. This includes ALL fresh fruits & vegetables – and especially veggies like celery, cucumber, beets and parsley.

So try to eat abundant quantities of these in some fresh salads today or in the form of a real vegetable juice.

 

4. Watch your Appetite and Nourish with Whole Foods

One of the hidden dangers of junk foods and candy is they cause your blood sugars to spike and drop – which actually makes you crave more sugary, refined foods.

In other words, your body interprets your blood sugars dropping quickly as hunger and tells you to eat more – even though you definitely don’t need more calories!

I experienced this myself last night when I actually woke up hungry in the middle of the night – even thought I’d definitely blown my calorie budget for the day in candy!

So my number 1 tip here is just to be conscious that this is going to occur and when it does, don’t deny your hunger or go hungry, but immediately nourish your body with some good, whole, natural foods.

If you do this, your body will quickly return to a healthy appetite and equilibrium.

 

5. Let it Go – and Enjoy Yourself!

Often the biggest damage we do to our healthy eating goals is not on Halloween or Thanksgiving – but rather all the guilt-fueled and emotional eating we do after.

Whatever you ate last night or this week is OK. Trust me when I say you are NOT going to do yourself any favors by beating yourself up over it!

In fact studies show that guilt and negative emotions around food actually CAUSE disordered eating patterns and binge eating.

So let it go! 

This is such a special time of year with family, friends & colleagues, so give yourself permission to deviate from your strict healthy eating goals and enjoy it!

At the same time, listen to your body, choose quality over quantity and eat lots of nourishing foods and fibre to help balance out the extra sugar.

For more tips & support, come say hi & meet our community in our private Facebook Group!

warmly
Anna & the Homemade Team

 

 

 

 

 

16 Comments

  • Shelli

    November 1, 2018 at 5:29 pm

    Thank you for this, it was exactly what I needed today!

    1. Maddy Kuhn

      November 1, 2018 at 11:42 pm

      You are so welcome Shelli! Keep on remembering to check in with yourself and listen to your body about what you are actually craving and when you want to reward yourself with something special. You can do this!

  • Dianna

    November 1, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    Thank you for the incredibly practical and helpful tips for managing ourselves after too many sweets. I love the way you relate to real life, Anna, and help us to get back on track!

    1. Maddy Kuhn

      November 1, 2018 at 11:44 pm

      You are welcome Dianna! We are all about meeting you where you are at so you can make small sustainable changes to your every day life for life long health!

  • Donna

    November 1, 2018 at 8:00 pm

    Thank you. Nice article.

    1. Maddy Kuhn

      November 1, 2018 at 11:45 pm

      Thank you Donna! We hope you are able to take a moment and remember some of these points as we enter the holiday season where they are extra treats and temptations around. Listen to your body and don’t waste your time with self judgements or guilt. Enjoy!

  • Lisa

    November 1, 2018 at 10:47 pm

    Thank you so-o-o much Anna!! I know I really needed to hear this so I’m sure others did too. And not just about Halloween but anytime I get off track. Being a nurse I often tell people about their blood pressure or blood sugar….’we never look at just one number, we look at a trend.’ I now tell myself the same thing if I ‘slip’ I say ‘OK self, that wasn’t the best/healthiest choice, it’s done, next time you’ll choose better.’ And now even though I’ve only been doing HM for a good month, I’m finding those old choices don’t even taste as good as they used too!
    Thanks for all you and your team do for us daily 💖
    Sincerely,
    Lisa

    1. Maddy Kuhn

      November 1, 2018 at 11:48 pm

      That is so wonderful to hear Lisa! We love that your mindset has shifted towards taking baby steps towards healthy life style changes that will last a lifetime. Continuing to check in with yourself, listen to your body and reflect on how each meal or snack felt is crucial in making those baby steps. This is a marathon, not a sprint and we are here to support you.

  • Maureen Bester

    November 2, 2018 at 1:37 am

    Wow! This is all starting to make more and more sense! Thank you for the practical suggestions and the very human approach!

    1. homemade

      November 2, 2018 at 7:36 pm

      Awesome Maureen! So happy to hear it! I see time & time again Members coming to us frustrated with failing their diets all the time… and then going on a fun learning curve as they discover how to just listen to their bodies and eat Nourishing & Satisfying foods again – and then being so delighted with the results they get. So I’m really glad to have you with us, and please reach out if we can support you in any way!

  • Sharon

    November 2, 2018 at 1:55 am

    Thanks for reminding me to get the candy out of the house and eat fresh fruit and vegetables. It helps to “hear” it again. I feel your support and will keep this post so I can reread it when needed. This is an especially tempting time of year. Thanks again.

    1. homemade

      November 2, 2018 at 7:37 pm

      So great to hear it Sharon! It’s so nice to feel ‘normal’ and be able to enjoy the Holidays and not say ‘no’ all the time to all the treats and candy… And yet it also feels really empowering (and not that hard) to say, ok, I’ve had enough now, and more is not going to benefit me. So it’s back to the ‘Homemade way of eating’ which is yummy and satisfying anyway… AND makes you feel good!

  • Debra Cathey

    November 2, 2018 at 5:51 am

    Anna,
    Your knowledge is never ending and what you say is truly inspiring and very helpful. This is the information I was looking for on how to get rid of the sugar spike and bloated feeling. I stayed away from Halloween candy as I have been resetting my thinking to a healthier choice, We now have Thanksgiving coming up which entails a lot of cooking of some great foods. I will enjoy and also be Thankful that you have touched my life in a positive way. Happy Holidays to you and your Family and the new little one when he or she decides to Bless your home

    1. homemade

      November 2, 2018 at 7:39 pm

      hi Debra, Thanks so much for your kind words. I am so proud of you for staying away from the candy while you work on your own body & mind reset. AND even better that you have it in your head that you CAN enjoy your favorites treats at Thanksgiving without feeling guilty or going too far off track. This is the Homemade way! Enjoy and happy holidays to you too! warmly, Anna

  • Mercy Fernandes.

    November 5, 2018 at 2:12 am

    Halloween has just got over, Thanksgiving is round the corner, my grandson’s 2nd birthday 2 days after Thanksgiving. I just don’t know how to cope with all the pies, turkey, mashed potato and the birthday cake in the house. It is going to be rather tough for me, but I do not wish to spoil the care I have taken of my diet the past many months. So tempted and feeling guilty. Can you please suggest some serious tips.

    1. Maddy Kuhn

      November 5, 2018 at 7:45 pm

      Hi Mercy, we know just how challenging the holidays can be, especially with extra family birthdays on the horizon as well. Our motto is to cook, eat and listen! We encourage our members to try to prepare a nourishing dish for any social engagement they attend so they know they will be able to partake in the festivities but also provide their bodies nourishment. Try to eat without guilt, even if you have something that you would consider unhealthy. Try to listen to your body about what it needs for nourishment and satisfaction so you can approach the holidays with grace and the knowledge that you will do your best to make each small choice feel good. You can do this! Warmly, Maddy

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