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Friday, October 7, 2016

Help! Halloween and the Candy Craze

Halloween is coming and how do we enjoy the festivities without the sugar coma?

  • Put away the candy dish or fill it with cherry tomatoes.  No need to be noshing on mediocre sweets all month under the guise of being festive.
  • Focus more on your good eating habits - be sure to drink 8 glasses of water and try to get 9 servings of fruits and veggies in.
  • Stick to a regular meal schedule - don't skip meals in anticipation or imagined penance for candy consumption.  Halloween candy is not a meal substitute, and keeping healthy foods in your routine allows less room for excess sweets.  
  • Plan out and enjoy the anticipation of your favorite treats.  Mindfully eating a few pieces of your favorite candy is much preferred over mindlessly eating whatever is at hand.
  • Prioritize your candy consumption.  Have a piece or two of only your very favorites.  It's not worth wasting calories on mediocre sweets.
  • Have a plan in place for leftover candy.  Whether you donate it to the food bank, toss it in the garbage or save a few favorites in the freezer for later enjoyment, make a plan and stick to it - don't leave it out on the counter to tempt you the next few days.  (Notice I didn't say send the leftovers to work?  Healthy eating at work is hard enough without a bowl of Halloween-dregs candy at every turn.
  • October is a fabulous month to be outdoors on bike rides, hikes or walks or even inside with fun crafts, so don’t fritter this fun month away on the couch filling the cushions with empty candy wrappers.

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