Halloween gives some people a scare. Not because of the goblins and the ghouls. It’s because Halloween means lots and lots of candies. And it’s not easy to resist them. Candies are empty calories. It is going to add inches to your waist. If you’re the average suburban mom, you can expect some sweet temptations come Halloween. Sticking to your diet plan the rest of the year is a challenge at best. The holidays will test your mettle. And Halloween marks the beginning of the holiday season. If you are not exercising enough, read up on how to minimize candy consumption this Halloween.
Most of us, adults, love chocolates. Candies come in all shapes, sizes and flavors. Sweets you can’t resist may leave the kids cold, and vice versa. Instead of buying candies you love, buy what your kids like. Hard and gummy textured sour candies are popular among kids. These candies usually have no fat. Unlike chocolate, these are the kinds of candy that you do not usually overeat. At the office, ask your co workers not to display their candy jars on their tables. If you don’t see it, you won’t get tempted. If you must have your sugar fix, save it for the time that you can truly savor it. Depriving yourself totally can backfire and may lead to binge eating.
You can chew sugarless gum just to have your mouth do something. When you’re chewing something, it’s not likely that you’ll pop another candy in your mouth. It satisfies your sweet tooth and overcomes the urge to eat sweet candies. Instead of candies, you can fill your jar with nuts, dried fruits, and vegetables. It might not be totally calorie free but it’s better than candies. If you’re having a hard time ignoring the candy jar, move it. If you need to stand up to get that candy, it might not be worth the effort.
Bite sized chocolate bars are hard to resist. They’re cute, fun and look harmless enough. However, they contain an average of 100 calories each. If you’ve indulged yourself and can’t seem to stop, count your candy wrappers. You’ll be amazed at how fast it can subdue your appetite. Don’t skip meals and always eat your meals on time. Hunger weakens your resolve to resist sweets. Sipping water or tea can divert your attention from eating sweets. Thirst can sometimes be mistaken for hunger.
Halloween won’t be complete without candies. We just want to minimize its effects on our weight. With a little advance planning, it won’t be as bad as you’d expect. If candies are your weakness, practice a little self restraint. You can control your cravings. You can control what you eat.