There are many things that are more scary than ghosts and goblins, like saturated fats, college loan payments, and the check engine light on your car. BUT, it’s Halloween so in the spirit of keeping things fun, calming, and light, I wanted to discuss the importance of keeping mental wellness in check during the holiday season AND the best candies for you to “borrow” from you kiddos. Let’s chat about some ways to be Hallo-Winning this Halloween!
First order of business!
Hallo-Wellness brought to us by Mental Health First Aid USA! We are getting into the holiday season, which for many can be a hard time mentally and emotionally. Mental Health First Aid USA shared a quick infographic about how “self-care isn’t just a bunch of hocus pocus”. As life speeds up during the holiday season, it feels important to share reminders to take care of yourself before entertaining friends and families. These simple tips remind me (and hopefully you), that self-care is not scary and it is not hard. Personal time-out’s, exercise, adequate sleep, and fresh air…simple, yet enough to keep your mind clear and calm. Sometimes we convince ourselves that we don’t have enough time to exercise or we must stay up late to get work done. Scary myths those are! The national guidelines for physical activity for adults states adults should be getting “150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) each week of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity (such as brisk walking or tennis)”. That sounds like a lot, but they also recommend “…physical activity in episodes of at least 10 minutes and, if possible, spread it out through the week”. Go ahead, read that again…just 10 minutes a day! Those 10 minutes can be spent doing up and down your home stairs, a brisk walk with the kiddos, or a walk alone for peace and quiet. How easy is that?! Improving and maintaining Mental Wellness does not cost a lot and does not require a lot of planning.
Second and final order of business!
NBC News Health shared this lovely article on the least scary Halloween candies to eat because sugar, calories, and fat can be scary! Although, in terms of mental wellness, EAT THE CANDY. If you want to eat some candy, eat it. You deserve it. You managed to trick or treat with sugared up kids, maybe only lost your cool once because they kept getting too close to the road, but EAT THE CANDY! Don’t let the thought of nutrition stop you from indulging in moderation from time to time. Again, during the holiday season we sometimes “fall off the wagon” with eating habits as we attend family or friend holiday parties left and right. Thankfully, there are many articles highlighting ways to be aware of what we consume and ways to make better choices if you are like me and can’t pass up the dessert table! Do you want the good news or bad news first?
I’ll start with some bad news: A list of candy to be more cautious of-
- Twix Caramel Cookie Bars Mini’s– 150 calories and 15 grams of sugar
- Kit Kat Mini’s– 170 calories and 17 grams of sugar for four pieces
- Twizzlers Strawberry Twists– 120 calories and 16 grams of sugar for three pieces
- Tootsie Roll Mini’s– 150 calories and 19 grams of sugar
- Candy Corn– one serving size (19 pieces) 140 calories and 28 grams of sugar
The article is not stating that you should forgo these treats altogether, but simply be more cautious of how many you are eating at once. The miniature size of many Halloween Treats make it that much easier to eat more in one sitting. Moderation is key!
Good news: A list of nutritionist recommended candy-
- Trolli Sour Brite Crawlers– 100 calories and 14 grams of sugar for 8 pieces
- Snack-Size Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups– 110 calories and 11 grams of sugar BUT 2 grams of protein and one gram of fiber
- Charms Blow Pop– 70 calories and 13 grams of sugar
In all honesty, I think those were both good news. Large amounts of candy are not good for anyone, but in moderation and with awareness of nutrition values, candy can be a key to a happy soul. The best way to achieve lifelong happiness is complicated and unique to everyone, so until there is a simple and universal way, do what is best for you to take care of your mental wellness and don’t let anyone take your candy!
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