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Avoid the Halloween candy trap

They say Halloween is for kids because of all of the candy but adults garnish as much as they can handle, too. Of all candy consumed, around 4% occurs on Halloween. Almost every child will have candy on Halloween while about half of the adults will eat some. “That compares to 24% of all adults and kids who have candy on a typical day.” www.usatoday.com It is evident that most everyone loves candy and Halloween makes it easy to excuse the diet, falling off of the wagon of healthy eating.

If you’re watching what you eat or are dieting, to make it easy to enjoy Halloween and stick to your healthy diet regimen, here are some quick tips to avoid the sugar rush during this time of year:

1. Purchase just enough candy to handout. Any leftover candy, donate!
2. If you have children that trick-or-treat, allow them only so much that is manageable and discard the rest or take to work.
3. WebMD suggests that you chew sugarless gum. This gives the sweet sensation that may stave off the desire for additional sugar, i.e. candy.
4. Choose candies that you know you won’t eat. Trick-or-treat is for kids and their coup de grate is how much candy is collected. A lot of children will not eat everything that is collected. So the trick here is to buy candy that you particularly do not like to give away. If there are leftovers, the temptation is minimal.
5. “Out of sight, out of mind. Ask your co-workers to keep their candy jars and bowls inside their desks or stashed in a cabinet in the break room so you won’t be tempted every time you see it. If they want to keep candy on their desks, ask them to use a colored container with a lid so you can’t see inside.” www.webmd.com

Candy is basically sugar but before the sugar candy was made from honey. During the early centuries, the flavor was added to candy and served as a special delicacy. Sugar cane was also used as candy particularly in the south, Asia, and India but came to America in the 1800s from Europe. Since candy is widely delectable it is no wonder that the first thing to eliminate if you’re dieting is candy. Sugar accounts for most weight gain. Once ingested, sugar in the bloodstream turns into fat from what is not used as energy. Get rid of sugar, lose weight.

The problem with giving in to those sugar craving during this time of year is that once it starts it is hard to stop. Halloween signifies the beginning of the holiday season; first Halloween then comes Thanksgiving and Christmas with all of its festivities and large menus that includes a variety of desserts and candy. The weight gained during this time of year is said to be somewhat difficult to take off so it is best to avoid the sugar rush, starting with Halloween. Practice or continue healthy eating to maintain or lose weight and eliminate the guilt of these end-of-the-year festivities. If you know there’s a possibility to cheat, try loading up on veggies, fruits, and low calories foods so there’ll be no room for sweets and drink plenty of water that will give you the feeling of being full. Finally, enjoy Halloween and the upcoming holidays for what they are and don’t put too much energy into the associated foods, take it one day at a time.

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