Sunday, October 12, 2014

10 Tips on staying out of the Halloween Candy!

Halloween officially marks the beginning of the holiday season!  For anyone who is trying to watch what they eat this can be a depressing time of the year when it comes to food!  Those fun sized candy bars might seem harmless but in all honestly they contain sugar and empty calories.  Most of us don't exercise enough to warrant those extra calories either.  
When your pantry is loaded with candy from your kids treats, it can seem impossible to resist.  Many people try to lesson the temptation by bringing their extra candy into work. 
DId you know that simply thinking of food can make you hungry?  This explains why when you see or smell something associated with food, like the shiny foil-wrapped Kisses, it can actually make you salivate.
But there are ways to keep your hands out of the candy jar so you can avoid packing on some extra pounds even before the holiday season starts. Here are 10 tips to help you avoid the temptation of Halloween goodies, at home and at the office.

1.  Buy candy you don’t love OR Don't buy candy at all!  If the candy in your pantry is stuff kids like but that you don’t enjoy, it will be easier to resist opening those bags and diving in. For most of us, that means anything but chocolate. You can also purchase pencils, stickers, juice boxes, play dough or anything else fun to hand out for Halloween. 

2.  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.

3.  Savor one piece of your favorite candy a day. Decide what time of day you most relish the sweet stuff, and save your special treat for that time. Then sit back and slowly savor the taste sensation. It is so easy to just pop a small hershey kiss into your mouth and not truly enjoy it.  Make sure to indulge your sweet tooth on occasion, because denying yourself completely could lead to an all-out binge.

4. Chew gum. Sugarless gum gives your mouth a burst of sweet sensation for very few calories. Chewing gum  has been shown to help relieve stress, mentally focus on tasks, satisfy a sweet tooth, overcome the urge to eat candy and help manage hunger pants.

5. Replace the candy with better choices. At Halloween parties or gatherings make sure to bring your own dish!  Create something FUN and festive like one of the images below.  Super easy and healthy!


6. Move the candy jar. If you have to get up to get a piece of candy, it is not always worth the effort.  If you have a candy jar on your desk at work it will be almost impossible to avoid temptation.

7. Count the empty wrappers. It's so easy to pop fun-size candy bars into your mouth that you can lose track of how quickly the calories are adding up.  Keep a stack of your wrappers on your desk so you can be reminded of how many you ate!  It should also be a good reminder to exercise and eat healthy.  

8. Take a walking break. Getting away from your desk for a breath of fresh air can invigorate you and help you get over the mid-morning or mid-afternoon slumps that are often mistaken for hunger. 

9. Manage your hunger. Eat breakfast before coming to work and plan for a few healthy snacks along with a satisfying lunch. Your preplanned meals with keep you feeling satisfied and make you less likely to raid the candy bowl.

10. Sip on a low-calorie beverage. Keep your hands and mouth busy by drinking a zero-calorie cup of hot tea (rich with disease-fighting antioxidants) or big glass of water. And light hot chocolate can satisfy your sweet tooth for few calories than most fun-size chocolate bars.

If you want to take charge of your Halloween eating indulgences or to set up a new workout plan  and meal plan please feel free to contact me!  I run monthly challenge groups that can give you the support, motivation and accountability you say NO to all the leftover candy.  I would love to help you establish a meal plan and exercise routine!  I can be reached via email or facebook.


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