Ooh! Halloween Candy!

Yes, the dreaded Halloween candy season is here. Worse yet, tomorrow if you have kids they will be bringing home bags full of the stuff after trick or treating. You may even have a lot left over if you don’t get as many kids as you expected trick or treating in your area.

It can make avoiding temptation more difficult than usual. And the holiday season is just beginning.

Different families have different ways of coping with this influx of sugary treats. Some avoid having candy leftovers by handing out something healthier than candy. This can be challenging since few things are quite as popular as candy with all ages, but it’s not impossible.

Some parents only allow the candy to stay a short time, then dispose of the rest one way or another. I’ve always thought this wasn’t fair to kids, especially those who aren’t currently facing weight problems. Better is if you can teach them how to enjoy it in moderation, in my opinion.

But it may be your own self control that is the real issue.

If it works for you, try having a favorite, yet much healthier snack available and try to stick to it when the candy comes calling. This won’t work for everyone, but if it does the job for you, it’s a fairly easy solution.

Limiting how much you can have works for adults as well as kids. If you tell yourself one piece a day and stick to that rule, the Halloween candy can only do so much to your weight loss efforts.

Think of the Halloween candy as practice for the challenges of the holiday season. Keeping control of your dieting and eating habits only gets harder as we go through Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Is Obesity Inevitable for Many?

I meant to blog this the other day. I really did. But then the California fires started, including some near enough to my home that I had to evacuate. Kind of put a kink in a lot of my plans.

There was a story on Reuters about how obesity is primarily a result of modern life. Sad as that makes me, it also makes sense. High calorie foods are very easily available now, so people tend to stock up too much and eat too much. After all, you used to have to eat whenever possible to get by.

Add that to more and more sedentary lifestyles and of course people are going to be having weight problems.

But that doesn’t mean you have to sit and take it. It just means you have to think more about what you eat and how sedentary you are in order to fight it.

From the article:

Tackling obesity, like tackling climate change, requires a range of changes in society, from increasing everyday activity through the design of the built environment and transport systems to shifting the drivers of the food chain and consumer purchasing patterns to favor healthier options.

That sums it up pretty well. Most people don’t mean to get overweight or obese. It happens because they do what comes naturally. To cut down on obesity rates is going to take very specific efforts that will make it easier to be healthy than unhealthy.

Bored? Try Something New!

Getting fit isn’t always that much fun. It can be a lot of tedium as you work toward the body you would like to have.

While a good exercise routine can help you to get fit, varying it is a very good idea. It can help you avoid the boredom that makes it easier to quit working out.

Varying your workout can be tricky. You don’t want to change to something that will bore you more and you don’t want to go to something so easy that you aren’t challenging yourself.

Sometimes it can be as simple as going out and doing something fun and active. Take a hike. Swim in the ocean when the weather is warm enough. Pick a new class at the gym. Do your routine in reverse order… except the warmup part, of course. Change the music you workout to, or add music if you haven’t had it in the past.

There’s no reason to stay bored with your workouts. There’s much more to getting exercise than doing a routine at the gym.

Too… Much… Water!

It’s important to keep hydrated when you work out. That’s why the need to drink plenty of water or other fluids is always emphasized when people talk about exercising.

But do you ever worry about overdoing it? Possibly you should.

It doesn’t happen often, but there is a condition called exercise-induced hyponatremia (EAH). It’s most common in endurance activities of 4 or more hours. It is the result of drinking too much water and it can be fatal. And don’t assume that sports drinks will take care of it. From the article:

Verbalis also says that sports drinks, which contain some sodium and potassium and carbohydrates, are basically water with a few additives. “There’s a misconception among the sports community that consuming sports drinks rather than water will protect you from becoming hyponatremic. That’s simply not true,” he says. “Drinking too much of anything puts some people at risk for potentially dangerous levels of hyponatremia.”

This can result in there being too much fluid for the kidney to process, and so the fluid goes into the blood, diluting the level of sodium.

So what should you be doing?

Drink when you’re thirsty. Don’t keep drinking just because you think you need to keep to a certain level of fluid intake.