November 3, 2013

Recovering from Halloween

If you refrained from eating Halloween candy, I'll give you $100. No, not really, but I will be extremely impressed. I thought this would be my year to resist the chocolatey temptations, but I caved the day before and kept the sugar fest going through Halloween night. I paid the price too with two solid days of mood swings and low energy. Does that happen to you too when you eat too much candy?

If you're just looking to work off what you ate, check out this chart that my friend shared.

Looks like I'll be doing about 1,000 minutes of elliptical. 

And what is Physique? I'm going to guess that it was probably developed in California. Isn't that where all new exercises are developed? No one ever blames Alabama for starting a new exercise or healthy eating craze. Dang it!

Every time I eat a bunch of candy I start chugging water to help wash it out. I don't even know if that is effective at all, but I tend to not drink enough water regularly anyway. So it's a win wither way. 

There are also the few days after the candy-go-crazy day that I am battling cravings. This creamy chocolate avocado smoothie helped me bridge the gap back to eating slightly healthier this time around. 

The recipe is from Against All Grain.

Just add and blend the following:
  • 8 ounces almond milk
  • ½ cup crushed ice
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 3 dates, or 1 tablespoon honey
  • ½ avocado (about ¼ cup)
  • 2 tablespoons raw cacao
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1½ teaspoon golden flax seed

I liked this one because the ingredients were so simple, and we had all of it on hand already. Except for almond butter, so I used cashew butter instead. Oh, and it tasted pretty descent. I mean it's no Reese's Peanut Butter Cup, but it also won't make you feel (and/or look) like you got punched in the face when you wake up the next morning. Am I the only one who gets really swollen eyes the next morning when I eat sweets?

How crazy did you go with Halloween candy this year? Are you still going? The leftover candy is definitely taunting me from the highest shelf I could find to stash it on. I should just get rid of it, but I can't bring myself to throw "food" away.

What do you do to recover from Halloween? 

Do you feel like you have to eat or work out differently during this time of year? It's so hard for me to stay on a healthy eating track from October 31st until New Year's, and I probably exercise less. So, yes, I am more lazy all around. 

Note: when this posts, I'll be out pacing my friend to 100 miles. Send all the good thoughts you can muster our way!


  1. Love that chart! This year was not too bad. We live in a secure building so no need to buy candy since sadly that means no trick or treaters....though a bit was bought and consumed but overall no sugar coma so a win! Hope those 100 miles are flying by!

  2. oooh ILL TAKE THE HUNDY :-)
    but only because Im a salt addict :-)


  3. See, I would just grab a candy right off of that chart and eat it, and pretend like I didn't see the calorie count :)

  4. i only had 3 miniature pieces- 1 snickers, 1 milky way, 1 twix. I went to my sisters to give out candy (condo living means you don't get any). So had I skipped my sisters...i would've had 0!! :) But just talking about it all makes my mouth water!! fall in general makes me way more aware of my food- football season and tailgates, birthday, and holidays are all trouble for me.

  5. I love that you have been drinking lots of water to push the candy through. I do the same thing when I eat junk! I normally drink a lot of water but especially after eating something I shouldn't, I pound like 2 glasses of water. I haven't been terribly tempted by the Halloween candy but the sugar cookies my boss made, well, I ate WAY too many of those.


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