Tips to Avoid the Candy on Halloween

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How to Avoid Eating all the Halloween Candy

Whether it is extra candy left over from trick or treating or the candy jar at work, it’s everywhere! Eating a candy bar a day can really add up the calories and lead to weight gain, so how can we still enjoy the holiday without packing on the pounds? Create less temptation, simple as that! Here are some easy tips to help you limit your consumption and stay in the spirit of Halloween!

  1. Buy candy that you are less likely to eat. If you buy candy that is not your favorite, you will be less likely to indulge or take a piece when you pass by.
  2. Move the candy jar. Stash the candy in a cabinet in the house or in the office break room so you won’t be tempted every time you see it. If candy is out in the open and more convenient to you, the greater the chance you will grab a piece.
  3. Know what 150 calories looks like: 7 Hershey’s Kiss, 6 rolls of Smarties, 6 mini Musketeers. It is easy to over do it with those smaller sized treats. Keep in mind how much you are eating so you can stop at a reasonable amount! Maybe even keep the wrappers out to keep track!
  4. Be mindful. Dedicate a certain time of the day where you can have that special treat and savor the moment. It is easy to eat candy mindlessly and not fully enjoy it, so by doing this you only need one piece to satisfy that sweet tooth. Don’t plan to do this often, but occasionally it is okay to indulge.
  5. Plan meals and snacks ahead of time. Make sure you wake up early and make yourself breakfast instead of using the candy bar as the last resort. Bring healthy snacks and a lunch with you to work so you are satisfied and less likely to reach for the candy.
  6. Chew gum. Too keep your mouth busy, try chewing a piece of sugarless gum after a meal. This could help satisfy your sweet tooth while also keeping you occupied and not urge you to eat candy!
  7. Trade it in. Have left over candy and don’t know what to do with it? Freeze some so your kids can have a treat once in a while and have them trade in the rest for spending money! Then either throw it out or donate it. This way you get the candy temptation out of sight and out of mind!

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