Tricks to stay HEALTHY this HALLOWEEN!

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It’s hard to believe it’s already HALLOWEEN week!  Along with the jack-o-lanterns and costumes comes the temptation of sugar-loaded treats.  Just because Halloween is full of tricks and treats DOESN’T mean you have to give up your health and fitness goals.  Just because Halloween candy comes in small portions doesn’t mean it’s calorie or fat-free.  There is a good amount of sugar, calories, and fat found in fun-sized candy bars. 

Check out these tips to control your candy cravings! 

1.    If you plan to give away candy to trick-or-treat kids, buy your LEAST favorite kind of candy.

It’s MUCH easier to stay away from the candy bowl if you don’t find the contents to be enjoyable.  If your favorite candy is “Halloween” themed, you may be surprised to learn that most Halloween candies are available year-round.  Even candy corn tends to have a different shape and color for most seasons!

2.    Splurge on sugar the natural way.

If you’re constantly craving Halloween treats this time of year, satisfy your sweet tooth with naturally sweetened fruits!  Be sure to keep your fridge stocked with pears, apples, and grapes, so that you can enjoy natural sugar without the added calories and fat. 

3.    Wait until the last minute to purchase candy. 

If you purchase candy 2 weeks before Halloween, you’re MUCH more likely to open the bag and splurge on the treats before October 31.  Wait to buy your trick-or-treat candy until Halloween morning.  If you think about it, it’s probably better to buy less candy and run out than to buy too much and overindulge. 

4.    Eat candy with your non-dominant hand

This probably sounds crazy, but current research suggests that if you eat with your non-dominant hand, you can cut down how much food you eat by up to 30%.  This teaches you to slow down and actually enjoy the candy or food you’re eating.  Instead of focusing on the next piece of candy you’re going to eat, enjoy the one that’s currently in your mouth.

5.    Donate your leftover candy

If you find yourself tempted by leftover candy after Halloween, consider donating your candy!  There are many charities and organizations that send candy overseas to our US troops.  Click here to find an organization near you to donate your candy!

Halloween officially kicks off the holidays, as well as the final two months of 2017.  Use these tips and tricks to help you stay on track during the most festive (and indulgent) time of year!