Halloween Doesn't Have to be Scary for Your
FRIDAY, Oct. 28 (HealthDay News) -- Trying to avoid eating the
entire bag of candy bars you bought for Halloween before the big
night arrives? Worried that you won't have the willpower to resist
midnight raids on your child's Halloween stash?
Halloween doesn't have to be scary for your diet, according to
Kara Smith, special project coordinator for the Loyola Center for
Fitness. Smith offered several tips on how to limit empty Halloween
- Buy candy at the last minute and choose treats you don't like
to avoid temptation.
- Choose sour or gummy candy over chocolate. Research shows
people tend to eat more chocolate than these alternatives.
- Make sure your family eats a filling and healthy meal before
trick-or-treating so they don't eat as much candy.
- Chew a sweet, sugarless gum to curb sweet cravings.
- Save the wrappers of the candy you eat to serve as an accurate
reminder of what you've consumed.
- Set limits on how much candy you and your family can eat and
store extras out of sight.
- Consider giving out calorie-free treats, such as Halloween
pencils, stickers, temporary tattoos or vampire teeth.
- Give out healthier alternatives to candy, such as sugarless
gum, instant cocoa, microwave popcorn, 100-calorie packs of snacks,
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides
Halloween health and safety tips.
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