halloween candy

           Halloween is the official kick off of the holiday season.  Did you know the average American gains between 7 and 12 pounds between Halloween and New Years? Here are some tips for keeping your waist line in check during Halloween. 

  •        Watch portion sizes: There is no such thing as a bad food as long as you keep how much of it you are eating in check.  The fun size treats are a great way to get a portion controlled satisfying treat.
  •         Make a plan:  pick one or two of the candies you really like instead of grabbing a handful of ones you marginally like.
  •         Avoid all or nothing mentality:  it will lead to feelings of deprivation and eventual bingeing.   If you blow it one day remember tomorrow is a new day and get back on track.
  •        Buy Halloween candy you don’t like: You can donate the leftovers to a good cause, or instead of buying candy, buy small non food toys/goodies.  As a bonus, they don’t go bad so you can use the leftovers next year.
  •        When snacking pick low calorie alternatives to candy: Try trail mix, popcorn, or pretzels.
  •         Pick healthier candy for your treat bowl: here is a list of 5 of the more sinister pieces of candy and alternatives:
    • o   Instead of Butterfinger fun size bar try 3 Musketeers fun size bar
    • o   Instead of 3 Airheads try 3 Dum Dum Pops
    • o   Instead of 3 Twix Miniatures try 3 Tootsie Rolls
    • o   Instead of 4 Brach’s Milk Maid Caramels try 4 pieces of Now and Later
    • o   Instead of A Reese’s Pumpkin try 11 pieces of Candy Corn

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