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Height of Halloween

My Healthy Journey: Mixing Procrastination and Halloween

So, I know I’ve mentioned before now that Halloween candy is hard for me to resist, but I’m not sure that I’ve mentioned that Halloween is also my favorite holiday.

I did theater as a kid, and dressing up and doing fun makeup is my favorite part, but I love lots of things about Halloween.

I have enough candy in the house all month long to really damage a person’s insides. (There are candy dishes in multiple rooms of the house, and bags of it stashed in other multiple rooms.) I love caramel apples. I love Curtis Orchard, for you Champaign area residents, and their cider and donuts. I love the creepy and cute decorations. I love horror movies, even the bad ones.  I love seeing little kids in costume all over the neighborhood, and I’m not normally a kid-person either, so that’s saying something. (I have an irrational fear that my arms will suddenly give out, and I will drop and kill any child I am holding.)

Halloween Decorations 1


Halloween Decorations 2

So, every year around Halloween, my life gets a little crazier and busier. Most years, I make homemade candy and popcorn balls and eat way too much. This year, I was good and resisted the urge, (even though our Pinterest has some really great lighter candy recipes, if you too have a sweet tooth problem,) and instead snacked on microwave kettle corn.

I also plan elaborate costumes and carve lots of pumpkins, and I usually try to use some of the wasted seeds and pumpkin in recipes. This year, my roommate and I even went a little crazy on decorations.

Halloween Decorations 3
And these are just the big displays. We also have Halloween hand towels, an all-black candelabra in the dining room, and candles everywhere…

I had to cut back my Halloween love this year though because we’re all still pretty busy here at Health Alliance with the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period going on, and with the regular Open Enrollment Period about to begin.

Why am I telling all of you this? Because I’ve sadly been too busy for my Rally goals. I started out good on the stretching, but it didn’t last once I hit last week. The only mission I’ve really been doing is the bedtime routine, and even that’s been thrown out of whack with how busy I was. Which is why I haven’t blogged. I don’t have much good health news to report.

So while I didn’t make a lot of food, (truthfully for the best,) I did still carve seven pumpkins and go costume crazy. (Both of which my dog hates. She does not appreciate my cuddling pumpkins on my lap every night for a week instead of her, nor does she enjoy not recognizing me and getting makeup in her mouth when giving kisses.)

So, because November is the month where I stop eating candy, and start making good, you get one last post all about my distracted failures. To make up for the fact that I’m not much of a health inspiration, let me be your holiday one!

I went with Disney themed pumpkins this year:

And finally, just for kicks, here are some pumpkin oldies from a few years ago, when I did my personal favorite theme, ’80s horror movie villians:

I apologize for my lazy journey progress, but take comfort in knowing my punishment, as I’m now nursing a sugar hangover and seriously abused skin, and yet I encourage you to waste a little time on the things you love! Happy is an important part of any healthy journey.

Have your own awesome costumes or decorations? Feed my obsession and share in the comments or on our social media!

Making Fall Treats

Healthy Fall Treats

This week on social media in food, we brought you some fall treats that are perfect for the weather and won’t hurt your diet.

Don’t forget to follow us on Pinterest and look at our Healthy Desserts board for lots of healthy treats!

Try this Fresh Ginger Cake with Candied Citrus Glaze. This peppery twist on 7UP pound cake is just 284 calories a serving.

Fresh Ginger Cake with Candied Citrus Glaze
Image and Recipe via My Recipes

 

Try these Baked Apple Pie Fries for a delicious treat that’s a serving of fruit without the fat of piecrust.

Baked Apple Pie Fries
Image and Recipe via Averie Cooks

 

Use pantry staples and fresh vanilla bean to make these Vanilla Bean Shortbreads with just 101 calories a serving.

Vanilla Bean Shortbreads
Image and Recipe via My Recipes

 

Make this classic Swedish treat, Apple Kuchen, with just 251 calories per serving.

Apple Kuchen
Image and Recipe via My Recipes

 

Pumpkin lovers will love this Double-Ginger Pumpkin Flan. With just 224 calories, it won’t hurt to indulge this fall.

Double-Ginger Pumpkin Flan
Image and Recipe via My Recipes

 

Make this Maple-Walnut Apple Crisp for a yummy, comforting classic at just 208 calories a serving.

Maple-Walnut Apple Crisp
Image and Recipe via My Recipes