Enchanting and festive to some and downright ghoulish to others, Halloween is that spooktacular time of year when we can dress up as someone else and revel in sweet treats. But if you live with chronic pain, Halloween can mean a fight against food allergies, uncomfortable costumes and painful trick-or-treating walks through the neighborhood. While you might not partake in Halloween like everyone else, it’s perfectly fine to find your own special way to enjoy October 31. Beat the season with these tricks so you can enjoy Halloween with chronic pain.
Avoid the cookie monster
Candy binges can lead to sugar-induced mood swings, inflammation in your body and weight gain. Candy is often filled with high-fructose corn syrup, which can have negative effects on your health. We often get the message that it’s OK to indulge in sweet treats this holiday season (and throughout the year), that it’s OK to treat ourselves. And maybe it is OK in moderation, but that’s subjective.
While everyone else is crashing from their sugar buzz, you can find other fun ways to enjoy Halloween. Instead of passing out candy to trick-or-treaters, consider treats like small toys or party favors (available at your local dollar or party store), temporary tattoos, silly putty or vampire teeth. Or if your heart is set on passing out candy, look for more natural options. And avoid being tempted by leftover candy the next day.
You might already be used to saying no to treats due to dietary restrictions, but that doesn’t mean the temptation isn’t there. If you really have a sweet tooth, try a quick frozen waffle, apples paired with almond butter, a smoothie or a vegan dark chocolate bar. Healthier alternatives will help satisfy your craving and pack more of a nutritional punch that won’t send your sugar levels into a tailspin.