Don’t Get Tricked by Treats
By: Elana Safar
Want to hear something scary? Halloween is right around the corner, and candy is about to be everywhere: apartment lobbies, offices, audition centers, oh my! I don’t mean to rain on your costume (let me guess, Back to the Future Marty?) parade. However, I wish I could transform myself into an invisible ghost and sneak behind you as your hand mindlessly grazes a bowl of candy corns.
“BOO!” I’d cry, scaring you away from dumping hundreds of empty calories into your mouth. You’d thank me, because you would actually have to walk for nearly 40 minutes in order to burn off just one serving of those devilish horns, I mean, candy corns. Creepy, isn’t it?
I get the appeal of an instant sugar rush. As an 80’s baby, there was no shortage of artificially-flavored, colorfully-wrapped finger foods in my house. My inner child still bursts with excitement when I spot Jelly Bellies, Jolly Ranchers, and Three Musketeers bars for the taking. Even Jerry Seinfeld jokes that his childhood revolved around getting candy!
Friends, it is time to call upon your inner reserves of discipline and make a deal with yourself to stay on track before the fall festivities sweep you away. Flex your willpower muscles now, before the scary movie marathons, couples costumes, and grinning jack-o’lanterns seduce you with their promise of fun! The truth is that Halloween is not a friend to your well-being.
As a performer, part of your job means being proactive with self-care. You must stay in good physical and mental shape and minimize your risk for injuries and illness. Above all, as a human (which you are, right?), you are entitled to live well and feel good each and every day. While you cannot avoid stress altogether, nor can you control everything around you, you are the gatekeeper to everything that passes through your lips, and into your stomach.
The road to wellness starts with the right fuel. Think of your body as a high-end, luxury car. Would you put regular gasoline in that engine, or diesel? Only nutrient-rich, real food is going to satiate you and efficiently power your system so you can deliver optimal performance on stage, on-screen and in all areas of your life. In contrast, sugar-laden indulgences zap you of your much-needed energy and focus. Don’t sabotage your fitness and wellness goals because of a weekend worshipping a Hallmark holiday.
Beware the cumulative effects of random snacking. Munching a little bit here and crunching a little bit there adds up to alot of sugar and saturated fat, wreaking havoc on your waistline. Don’t sabotage your wellness and fitness goals in the name of a Hallmark holiday.
To prepare for this upcoming All Hallows’ Eve, take a cue from the dessert-declining Larry David and decide to pass up on the excessive delectables. You do not have to please the party host, taste test your roommate’s array of caramel-dipped apples or politely consent to your boss’s batch of ‘spooky’ brownies.
That’s not to say that you can’t celebrate with your entourage of vampires and superheroes. Plan ahead with my SMARTY-PARTY DO’s and DONT’s so the festivities don’t come back to haunt you!
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