Americans have an awful lot of holidays that focus on candy; Halloween, Valentine’s Day, and Easter. With Halloween just a few days away, October 31st for those of you not paying attention, I got to thinking about candy and ways to help me not train wreck all the healthful choices I have made over the summer. For now let’s look at some ways to keep that Halloween candy out of our mouths and subsequently off of our bodies.
- Buy candy you do not like. This is actually an easy one for me I just let my kids pick out our trick-or-treat candy. They are fond of Skittles and Nerds. Neither one of these is a temptation for me.
- Avoid candy all together and pass out trinkets to those trick-or-treaters. Small cars or plastic bracelets, even Halloween pencils. You can’t eat what you don’t have.
- Don’t let yourself get hungry. On Halloween night have a good meal. This is advisable for you and your children. It will stop your kids from scarfing their candy and it will keep you from over indulging.
- Chew gum. I find if I keep my mouth occupied I don’t put candy or food in without having to think about spitting out the gum. Gives me some time to reconsider before mindless munching.
- Place your last dentist bill near your candy bowl. Nothing can ruin a good sugar fix than remembering the physical pain and the financial pain of a dentist visit.
- If you are attending a Halloween party and dressing up wear a body conscious outfit. If your outfit is form fitting you won’t want to compromise your look. Use vanity to your advantage.
- Don’t purchase candy early and let it sit around and tempt you waiting for October 31st to roll around by the day of Halloween.
- The day after Halloween get rid of all your excess candy. Throw it away or donate it to a school or community center. You shouldn’t punish yourself with the temptation.
- If you know you are going to have a few pieces of candy at a party or sample your trick-or-treat bowl eliminate additional sugars you normally consume. Give up your soda, fruit drinks, sugar cereals or pancakes for a few days to even things out.
Keep in mind: Twizzlers 1 treat size package is 45 calories
1 small Tootsie roll 13 calories
Milk Duds 1 treat size package is 40 calories
Have a safe and Happy Halloween!