Halloween fun without the sugar high

Monday, 30 October 2017

Samhainophobia is the fear of Halloween (the festival of the dead), and if you’ve had a negative diabetes-related experience at Halloween in the past, the excitement of this holiday may diminish.

Here are some tips on how to minimise the risk of a hypo when trick-or-treating on foot, and float through Halloween feeling positive, without the hyper.

Get into the spirit of things by putting emphasis on the spooky costume, face paint, home decorations or arts & crafts projects.

  • Treats don’t have to be sweets, so pave the way by stocking up on ghoulish non-food treats to hand-out to trick-or-treaters like stickers, novelty toys, fake spiders, fake blood, glow-in-the-dark wrist bands…
  • Be prepared: Eating dinner together as a family before you go trick-or-treating reduces the risk of a hypo and minimises the temptation to trick-and-eat! Enjoy a carved Jack O’Lantern yellow capsicum stuffed with mince & rice.
  • Trick-or-treating is exercise in disguise, so take the opportunity to enjoy the evening stroll as a family.
  • Be strategic: Saving treats for when you get home plays it safe. Get your trick-or-treater to decide on quality over quantity. Ask them to choose their favourite fun-sized treat to savour and then ration out their excess loot. Dietitans Tip: Package non-chocolate lollies into 15g carbohydrate exchanges for future hypo treatment.
  • Get creative: Pinterest has tonnes of fun and easy ideas for making your own horror d’oeuvres. We loved the “boo”nana ghosts (1/2 banana decorated with choc chip eyes/nose), clementine pumpkins (peeled mandarin with celery stalk), Jack O’Lantern fruit cups (carved Jack O’Lantern orange, flesh scooped out, diced & returned along with fresh berries), Devilish eggs, make your own vegetable skeleton or Jack O’Lantern yellow capsicum and fill with a healthy hummus dip served with veggie sticks/ crackers.
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