More (Healthy) Tricks than Treats

UH OptiWeight Blogger Lynn Eastep

Lynn Eastep

October 31st, 2012

For me, the scariest part of Halloween is not ghosts and goblins but the ever-abundant Halloween candy.

Here’s a spooky fact: According to The National Confectioners Association, 41% of adults admit that they sneak sweets from their own candy bowl, and 90% of parents admit to sneaking goodies from their kids' Halloween trick-or-treat bags.

Here’s how I plan to avoid overindulging during Halloween parties and trick-or-treating.

  1. I’m going to buy candy that I don’t like. While I may risk getting my house egged by the neighborhood kids, I won’t be tempted to eat directly out of the candy bowl. According to WebMD, sour candy, gummy candies, hard candies and other non-chocolate candy are lower in fat and calories and typically not the candy we overeat.
  2. I’m going to eat a hearty and healthy meal before I pass out candy. The fuller I feel, the less likely I will be to indulge.
  3. Out of sight, out of mind. After he enjoys some of his Halloween bounty, I’m going to make sure that my son hides his candy from dear old mom.

I’m not going to promise that I won’t eat some candy – that’s just not realistic. I want to avoid bingeing, and resist opening those candy bags and diving in. I want to be healthy and successful!

Happy Halloween!

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