Are Scary Cravings Haunting Your Halloween?

halloween candy

Halloween is just a few days around the corner and I don’t know about you but anytime I even pass my dining room table I get a strong whiff of chocolate coming from the candy bags I have sitting there awaiting the big event. I will say yes it is totally hard to resist opening up the bags early just to have “one”. Not to mention if I do open the bag the rest of my family takes that as a sign the candy is free for all!  Then next thing I know I’m out of candy before the trick or treaters even arrive!

No joke, short story… last year I had the candy neatly set in a bowl by the front door and I was diligently working from home at my computer that day in the other room.  My daughter who was 7 at the time was watching Halloween movies on tv.  An hour goes by and it’s time to go trick or treating and she’s like “my tummy hurts”.  Ok… so why does your tummy hurt you haven’t eaten a bunch of candy yet.  I shit you not, she comes clean and shows me a hidden garbage can with 10 FUN SIZE SNICKER wrappers!  WTH?!?  No wonder the tummy ache… needless to say the candy will NOT be placed anywhere near the room my child is in this year.  The little thief!

Anyways, my point for today is to let you know that it is OK to have Halloween candy and not sabotage your diet. In fact denying yourself the candy actually could cause more harm but causing unnecessary stress….  Now this does not give you the license to eat the whole damn bowl but 1 or two “fun” or “bite-size” treats will not destroy your world.  If I was counting calories then I’d say 100 calories in candy on Halloween would be a good budget just eat clean for the rest of the day/calories AND – this is important – do not continue to eat candy daily until you finish what your trick or treaters did not!!  Get rid of that shit, take it to work, give it to a homeless person, or just dump it.  The faster you remove it from your house the less temptation there will be.

Did you know that according to a study from the journal Appetite the actual mood boost you obtain from eating that snickers or reese’s is a whopping 3 minutes???  Yup 3 minutes of pleasure…so knowing that make sure you ask yourself is it really worth it?  Again maybe the answer is yes for the first piece, but do you really need that 2nd, 3rd, 4th?

So now, we cleared the air about what is and is not acceptable in the realm of candy eating habits.  Let’s look closer at if you are going to indulge your top choices to go for:

The below calories are for 1 “fun size” treat:

  • Reese’s Peanut Butter cup – 110 calories
  • Butterfinger – 83 calories
  • Twix – 80 calories
  • Snickers – 80 calories
  • M&M’s – 73 calories
  • Kit Kat – 70 calories
  • Nerds – 50 calories

If you’d like to see the full list, check it out in this Pop Sugar article: Calories in Halloween Candy

Keep in mind a lot of these candy favorites also have a “bite-size” version.  That would be the smarter way to indulge in let’s say a snickers and butterfinger with minimal guilt.

To sum it up, don’t stress, enjoy the holiday and treat yourself as long as it’s in moderation!

What’s your favorite Halloween candy???

 

 

Advertisements

Workout Review: 21 Day Fix Extreme

21 Day FixExtreme

It only takes 21 days to create a habit.  By now many of you are well familiar with Autumn’s first life changing program, 21 Day Fix.  The 21 Day Fix fitness program has been sweeping the nation helping everyday people get back on the horse through cleaning up their nutrition and exercise habits.  But for those of you that maybe are in the been there done that stage, or perhaps are wanting something a bit more challenging, a bit more extreme, Autumn released the second training series based on 21 Day Fix called 21 Day Fix Extreme.  And it’s no joke.

The title says it all.  This, my friends, is not for the faint of heart.  If you found yourself in a pool of sweat during the original 21 Day Fix prepare yourself as this program will have you literally sweating buckets and blasting through plateau’s.  Much like 21 Day Fix, Extreme features the best of cardio, resistance training, and those feel good classes like pilates and yoga for a full body transformation. The eating plan is similar to  21 Day Fix with the containers however it’s even more strict cutting out loving elements like your wine and guilty pleasure of dessert.

What are my thoughts?  I LOVED it.  In fact after completing the program two years ago I still incorporate at least one of her workouts like the lower body workouts, cardio fix extreme, pilates etc within my weekly routine. I really like how she diversified the timing for each exercise.  Before she primarily used the one minute interval approach, which that’s fine but i get bored easily and need changing interval times, exercises etc to keep me engaged.  21 Day Fix Extreme included that.  She mixed things up with one minute intervals, 30 second intervals etc.  Bottom line, if you have been working out on a somewhat regular basis for >6 months this is an excellent workout for shaping up for that wedding, bikini season, or a random trip to the islands.

Let’s take a deeper look into the workouts and nutrition, shall we?

# of workouts included: 6 main workouts, 3 additional workouts

Cardio workouts:

  • Plyo Fix Extreme – jumping, jumping, and more jumping…. oh but with weights, like 10lb weights!
  • Cardio Fix Extreme – cardio intervals mixed with strength intervals
  • the Fix Challenge – no equipment, 13 moves in a pyramid style routine
  • ABC Extreme – Abs, Butt and cardio to finish you off

Resistance Routines:

  • Lower Body Fix Extreme – Every muscle in your lower half will feel it 5 minutes in, sooo good.
  • Upper Body Fix Extreme
  • Dirty 30 Extreme – upper, lower and abs
  • Power Strength Extreme

Flexibility and Core: 

  • Pilates Fix Extreme –  pilates on steroids with bands
  • Yoga Fix Extreme – dynamic yoga flow
  • 10 Min hardCORE abs

I’m not going to go into crazy details on the nutrition plan. Fact of the matter is, I love the containers. I use them daily to transport things to and from work or anytime i need a quick measurement on something but I do not live and die by this plan. If you do not eat the cleanest or are trying to diversify your eating habits then I do recommend you give the nutrition program a chance as it can really help you understand the fundamentals of what you are eating and why and it takes the guesswork out of prepping meals for the week.

Want more insight into the program itself or the nutrition?  There are a lot of great reviews out on the web.  Here are a few of my favorites I recommend checking out:

21 Day Fix Extreme – A Review From a P90X Junkie and Marathoner

How do I get ripped?

The Dysfunctional Parrot – Review: 21 Day Fix Extreme

So did you try this program?  If so what are your thoughts and would you recommend it to a friend?