Have a Healthy Halloween
Even if you’re not a parent, Halloween is an exciting time of the year. It’s also a tempting time of the year. From festively spooky cocktails to sugary treats, it’s difficult to stay on track during this holiday. But Halloween is actually a great time of year to begin practicing balance and mindfulness when it comes to eating, since it’s the official kickoff of the holiday season.
Watch calories and portion size. It’s so tempting to eat king-sized candy bars, but opting for the smaller snack-sized versions can keep your calories in check.
Don’t buy candy too early. Unless you have extremely good willpower, avoid buying your Halloween candy until just before the holiday. Having it in your house for days or even weeks on end can lead you down a path of eating a whole 10-pound bag before you know it.
Be careful to not overdo your celebrations. Going to Halloween parties can be fun, but overindulging in themed cocktails, party food and candy can derail your diet plan and may throw off your workout regimen if you’re partying too hard.
Get Ahead of the Flu
Flu season typically runs from October to May. However, most flu cases occur between December and February. That’s why the CDC is strongly recommending that you get vaccinated as early as possible.
Each year, the Food and Drug Administration works with the World Health Organization to create a vaccination that contains three or four different strains of the flu. Most of the shots available provide protection against four different flu strains. The CDC recommends that everyone older than 6 months should get the flu vaccine.
You can get vaccinated against the flu at your doctor’s office, in a clinic or pharmacy, and sometimes, at your employer. Some urgent care clinics or local health departments will provide flu vaccines as well.
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