Ways to enjoy a healthy Halloween

Last Modified: 10/19/2021

Diabetes and halloween

This post was written by Kaitlyn Creager, behavior change specialist, Diabetes Care Services, Parkview Health.

Whether you have prediabetes or have recently received a diabetes diagnosis, you can still have a happy and healthy Halloween. There are plenty of ways to enjoy the festivities without going overboard. Try a few of these pro tips and tricks to start the spooky season off right!

Avoid the guilt when passing out candy
  • Undesirable options: Only buy treats you don’t enjoy. This will eliminate any temptation to keep munching on delicious sweets.
  • Set limits: Be sure to set limits for yourself. Only indulge in one or two fun-size pieces of candy.
  • Candy alternatives: Instead of purchasing candy this year, try passing out small toys to eliminate the issue of excess. You can donate any leftover toys (or sweets) to places like the Ronald McDonald House.
Indulge with the help of your own trick-or-treaters
  • Worthwhile exchange: Buy a few pieces of candy from your child’s haul. This not only helps them learn moderation but also allows you the opportunity to enjoy a few pieces without melting into a hypoglycemic (low blood sugar) episode.
  • Nothing’s off-limits: It’s also important to remember that no foods are forbidden. You can have candy, but moderation is key. Just be sure to set yourself up for success by having a game plan.
Make your own traditions
  • Friend-O-Ween: If you don’t have many trick-or-treaters in your neighborhood or your kids are all grown up, start your own Halloween with friends! You could host a dinner party, pitch in with festive snacks and entrees or have a spooky movie night. The possibilities are endless!
Managing your child’s diabetes
  • Fan favorites: Prioritize your child’s favorites by picking out the candy they like best, then getting rid of the rest. Remember, candy isn’t off-limits, but you must account for other or additional carbohydrates when dealing with insulin dosages.
Be strategic with your sweets
  • Deserving dessert: Consider having a piece of candy as dessert after a healthy meal (ideally consisting of protein, healthy fat, fruits and vegetables) rather than a snack. The MyPlate Method is a great approach.
  • Don’t discipline: Please do not punish yourself with exercise. Physical activity should be a celebration of what your body can do, not retribution for enjoying yourself.
  • Self-compassion: Don’t forget to show yourself some grace. It’s okay to enjoy the holiday.

For additional questions or concerns about managing diabetes, please call Parkview Diabetes Care Services at 260-373-4280 to speak with a diabetes educator, registered dietitian or behavior change specialist!

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