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Costumes Over Candy: Halloween and Diabetes

It can be easy to feel like you’re missing out on the sugar high if you have diabetes, especially on Halloween. But Halloween isn’t just about gorging on goodies; there are lots of other ways to have “frightful” fun without going candy crazy!

Curb the Candy Craving!

If you have diabetes, or even if you just want to stay healthy you might get “spooked” about sugar this Halloween, but there are lots of ways to still enjoy this haunted holiday without being chock-a-block full of chocolate. Don’t miss out, instead show your friends this year that there’s more to trick-or-treating than candy-eating with these tips!

  • Tricks, not treats.This year, set an example in your neighborhood by asking your parents to give out “tricks” like dollar store toys, funny sunglasses and yoyos!
  • Spooky supper. Make sure you eat full dinner before heading out with friends door-to-door, this will stop you from eating too much candy all at once, and feeling sick if you do!
  • Visit a Haunted House. Trick-or-treating isn’t the only Halloween activity, lots of cities and neighborhoods set up haunted houses which can be way more fun with friends that just eating candy.
  • Save some for later. Eating your treats all at once means that they’re gone all at once, you’ll enjoy them more if you save some for when you’re really craving sweet treats, or you’re at school and really need a snack during low blood sugar moments. If you are diabetic, it’s good to keep in mind that each Halloween candy is between 8-15 grams of carbohydrates.
  • Costume Crazy. Get creative with your costume this year instead of focusing on candy, and see if you can get your friends to do the same so you can scare each other at school.
  • Pumpkin Patch it! Instead of heading straight out the door, why not ask your parents to take you to a pumpkin patch and learn to carve your own design in a Jack O' Lantern. Carving out the insides can be goopy fun, but remember, candy’s not the only treat you can have this holiday, save those pumpkin seeds for roasting. They can be a delicious homemade salty snack to offset all the sugar.
  • Have a Party. Why go door-to-door when you can be the haunted host! Halloween parties are a great way to get your friends into making costumes, showing off your spooky skills and playing some ghoulish games!

Have Your Say

What are you planning to do this Halloween? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Do Your Parents Check Your Candy?

  • Yeah, every year.
  • No, but they will from now on!
  • No, it's not important.
  • I'm too old for trick-or-treating!

Dear Dish-It In The Forums

EndlessDream
EndlessDream posted in Style:
You need breakfast and lunch. Starving yourself, even if you aren't hungry, makes you loose energy to the point you could pass out from not eating. Keep your diet healthy. For breakfast, at least have yogurt, fruit, and juice. Drink at least 4 full glasses of water a day. Trim down on the snacks. Everyone has different bodies and build. You may just be large-boned. And that's not bad! That makes you stronger and higher ability to gain muscle. Loosing weight doesn't happen over night. It can take months. 
reply about 15 hours
Nekogirl101
Nekogirl101 posted in Style:
For years my parents would tell me I'm skinny but compared to other people, my waist was bigger and I would always hide it. Though it was obvious I weighed more, I've only been doing this for a week and I didn't ever tell anyone what I was doing until my parents found out. I would skip lunch and breakfast and say I was full. I only ate a big dinner every night. Once my parents found out, they said it was unhealthy and if I didn't  stop, I would develop an eating disorder. I obviously listened to them, but I've tried as best as I can so far. I have barely lost any weight from exercise and my parents won't let me go on a diet because I already 'eat healthy enough'. I want to lose weight without exercising being 3/4s of my lifestyle. I know, I'm a lazy idiot for saying all this.
reply about 16 hours
rainbowpoptart
Yes, purely for the fact that you should not "hate" your sister (or anyone, for that matter).  I'm guessing by "get in trouble for her", you mean she does something wrong and the blame is all put on you? Yeah, little siblings tend to do that a lot. My brother did for the longest time, until my parents found out how much a liar he is. She, hopefully, will grow out of this eventually. Either that, or your parent[s]/guardian[s] will eventually see through her. You lose your friends to her? By this do you mean your friends want to hang out with her and they want you to tag along and you don't? Or do you mean your friends chose your sister over you? If it's the latter, then perhaps you shouldn't have ever referred to those people as friends. You'll find friends who'll prefer you over your sister, I'm sure of it. The only thing I can tell you to do is try to get along with your sister. Every group of siblings has their cats and dogs moment in life, but they grow out of it (most of the time; there are, of course, circumstances where it doesn't work out that way). Please be grateful for your sister, even if you two fight a lot. You never know how much you need something until it's gone.
reply 1 day
liddielover
i hate my little sister because i get introuble for her and lose my friends to her.is that wrong?
reply 1 day
skylar245
skylar245 posted in Friends:
"rainbowpoptart" wrote: "skylar245" wrote: Teacher said to wait for the Bus Driver and the counselor, she just talks to me and doesn't tell The Princible Then maybe try telling the principal yourself, and you should also report that the driver, teacher, and counselor haven't done anything to help you. If that fails, tell another trusted adult, like your mother. I'm sure someone you're close to would do their best to get justice. This is a major problem and it's a shame no one's done anything to help. ​No one listens to me anyway but my friends
reply 3 days