A Fit Mom’s Guide to Surviving HALLOWEEN #wellnesswednesday

 

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I am thrilled to have a guest post this week from my friend and one of four ladies who help to launch the local Sweat Pink Ontario and Montreal Chapter, Jennifer Florence (known as Montreal Runner Mom).  She is here to share her tips and tricks for surviving Halloween as a Fit Mom (and Fit Family).  

 

Over to you Jennifer …

Here it is once again…that beautiful time of year when it’s so easy to throw away all your clean eating habits and go tumbling down the path of Cheetos, Swedish Berries and Caramilk bars. Ahhh… yes, it’s Halloweenmania.

Now, I like to think of myself as a Fit Mom. In my personal life, I run, dance, practice yoga and lift weights. Professionally, I am a health & fitness coach and dance teacher. Clean eating is a huge part of who I am and my family’s lifestyle. I mostly eat a combination of a vegetarian diet with just the occasional meat dish on special occasions. However when October hits, all and I do mean all (!) my bad eating habits tend to emerge! Before I became health conscious I was a big time candy and chip girl. Chocolate was never my thing but offer me a bag of Lays BBQ chips or Skittles and I could inhale them in seconds. During Halloweenmania, try as you might you simply cannot avoid temptation entirely. The aisles of every store everywhere are FILLED to the brim with ooey gooey deliciousness.

So what’s a Fit Mom to do? Well, here are some techniques that have worked for me and hopefully for you too!

Be prepared

I cannot stress this enough. DO NOT shop when hungry, irritable, cranky, upset, frustrated or God forbid when you are PMS’ing. Avoid stores at all costs during these moments. When you do venture out of the house, mentally prepare for what you are about to encounter. I always find that a strong mental picture helps. I start by imaging of myself scarfing down a huge bag of candy..that’s the good part 😉 Then I picture in my mind and “feel” in my body the results of the inevitable pain of regret and the stomach issues that follow such a huge spike in blood sugar levels. This highly scientific technique is usually pretty good at keeping my cravings under control.

Healthy “Candy”

This is what I like to think of a “backup”. When being prepared doesn’t cut it, have some “healthy candy” in your purse to help keep the junk out of your cart. Things like dried fruit and nuts have always worked well for me. Especially those dried pineapple pieces out of the average trail mix bag. Mmmmmmm……..These options may not things that you want to consume too much of either on a regular basis but they are a darn sight better than Aero bars, Fuzzy Peaches and Rocket Candy!

Small Packages

Well, good things come in small packages as the saying goes! If you do cave and buy some naughty treats then at the very least don’t buy the JUMBO size Oh Henry bars. No one in their right mind needs that much sugar. Even if it tastes good for the first 2 or 3 bites, guaranteed by the end you will be holding your cramping stomach and spending the rest of the day in the washroom. Stick to small, preschool size packages. Then aim to give most of it away to your neighborhood preschoolers (not your own children of course, no parent wants to subject themselves to that chaos!)

Hide and Seek

Whatever candy does make it home and into your house MUST be properly stored. Think of storage like a squirrel in hibernation mode. Squirrel away little bits in multiple places until you are so confused about where you started that you can’t find anything at all. Areas like very high cupboards, drawers that always stick and basement storage where you keep Christmas decorations are all good starting places. The kind of places that are easy to find the first time but even easier to forget about 5 seconds later.

These techniques have worked well for me but they are not fool proof. Just accept it, you will eat some candy. And all joking aside, the trick is to enjoy the small amount that you do eat and keep it within reason so that you don’t ruin all the hard work you’ve put in during the previous weeks & months.

So enjoy the season with your little ghosts and goblins and remember these Fit Mom techniques to surviving and thriving during Halloween. Good luck out there Moms! May the force be with you!

Disclaimer: The author of this article cannot be held responsible for any candy induced weight gain that the reader may incur during Halloweenmania.


Jennifer Florence, Runner, entrepreneur & personal development junkie. Inspiring fitness, health & well-being for busy moms everywhere!
 

#TastyTuesday Thanksgiving Treats Wrap Up

What a weekend of eating and treating! I couldn’t be more excited to hit the gym at lunch today to help get myself back on track. I really tried not to feel guilty for all my weekend cheats and frankly, the weekend was far more relaxing as a result.

While I am bubbling with excitement to share with you some of my favourite creations, I also avoided working over the weekend to spend time with the two people who I am most thankful for in my life (my husband and my sweet pea!).

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We spent a wonderful weekend, enjoying above average temperatures exploring local pumpkin patches, swimming and local parks and visiting with family and friends. Unfortunately, neither of us have our immediate families in the city so we celebrated and gave thanks in spirit.

So here it is friends, a wrap up of our weekend.

A taste of how the H-family spent Thanksgiving 2015.

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A glimpse of our successful trip to the local Pumpkin Patch. An afternoon spent running through Hay Stacks, playing in corn fields and picking pumpkins for Halloween.

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Beautiful sunny day! Enjoying the GG’s property.

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Fall leaves, and watching my two loves playing ball!


On Saturday evening, we hosted a few of our friends for a delicious paleo inspired dinner. While it was not 100%, I feel like we were able to enjoy a “healthier” dinner, which was focused on foods that help to fuel and energize our bodies.

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Lots of dark greens, leafy vegetables and delicious stuffed chicken breasts. We started the evening with a delicious potato leek soup, with sweet potato, new potatoes and coconut milk. It was creamy and delicious!

I am sorry, it turned out so good that I forgot to take a picture of the final product!

The next course was a delicious kale and beet salad, with homemade citrus salad dressing. The dressing itself was light, but with the dash of cayenne I added it was enough to pack a bit of punch.

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All salad ingredients were sourced locally, and from one of our favourite farms – Rochon Gardens. Our CSA basket has certainly treated us well this year. Keeping us on track with our eating and providing high quality ingredients for our family meals.

The meal itself was a combination of brussels sprouts sautéed with cranberries and bacon, with a slight hint of cranberries. I also prepared local carrots and cauliflower rice, given how heavy the stuffed chicken breast (with homemade wine sauce) was going to be, I figured there was no harm in changing up those traditional sides.

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Fresh ingredients for the chicken stuffing, which included homemade sun dried tomato pesto.

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Steaming my cauliflower, once this was done I sautéed it up with fresh onions and garlic.

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Stuffed chickens just as we were going to back them.

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Delicious, local brussels sprouts.