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Avoiding Halloween Candy (Fight Sweet Tooth Cravings)

Dr, Donna Restivo

Posted on October 09 2018

It’s officially October, which means that we are going to be bombarded with candy everywhere we go. From the aisles in department stores to candy dishes at work, sweet treats packed in orange and black festive wrapping seems to be everywhere this time of year. This influx of sweet treats can put a major obstacle in your weight loss goals. Here are some tips to avoid caving into the cravings.

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  1. Wait until the last minute. When we know that there is a tasty treat in the pantry, we will naturally think about it all the time. So, do your body a favor and wait until the night of Halloween, just moments before the little ones start ringing your bell, to buy your candy. This way, you won’t be tempted to sneak into the pantry in the middle of the night.

  2. Buy smart. Are you a chocolate fan or someone who opts for Skittles? Most of us prefer one over the other and it’s up to you to determine what gets your mouth watering more. If it’s the chewy, bright colored gems that tend to make you binge, then buy a chocolate treat to give away. And if you happen to be a huge fan of both, well, search for something that doesn’t temp your taste buds, and give that out.

  3. Toss it. After your kids come home from filling their bags with sugary treats, ask them to pick their faves and toss the rest. While this sounds like something that would deem you as ‘the worst parent ever,’ it will prevent dental pain for your little ones in the long run.

  4. Keep it minty. One way to avoid the craving is to keep your mouth fresh. By chewing minty gum, you will be less likely to pop a handful of black and orange M & M’s into your mouth when you pass that decorative dish at work or at a friend’s house.

  5. Try not to overspend. This one will save you some cash and some calories. Instead of buying candy in bulk, just buy enough to fill a big bowl. The last thing that you want to do is set yourself up with leftover candy. And toward the end of the night, if that bowl is still pretty full, start letting the little goblins and ghosts take more than one. Remember, if you run out, you can always get more.

  6. You could also give out quarters and avoid having the candy in the house. The kids will like the coins. 


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