For those trying to lose weight, or just stay in good shape get quite scared this time of year. Now, we’re not talking about the endless list of ghouls and goblins knocking at your door all night long, but the sugary treats they will be begging you for.
Each year we try to be the best neighbors by buying our candy early to make sure we don’t run out, and keep buying more and more candy up until the hour before dusk to ensure our little ones have no reason to give us the “trick” in the “trick or treat”. But, have you been there? You followed all the rules to ensure you have plenty to give, yet the night of Halloween...Umm, where’s the candy??? Yeah, it appears the occasional piece here, or the thought that Halloween isn’t for a few more weeks, and I won’t miss it, they seem to have added up.
So, here’s the idea and the below recommendations to ensure your little ones knocking on the door are forced to give you the required “trick” due to your lack of “treats”, and well...your costume still fits! :)
1. Choose one type of candy (chocolate, gum, hard candies)
2. Only buy one brand, and only that one type of candy
3. Don’t open the bags
4. Keep in a closet (out of sight, out of mind)
5. Do not buy you or your family’s favorite candies
Here’s the thought process here, even if you do “break” recommendations 3 and 4, you only have one type and one kind of candy on hand. So, you will hopefully get bored with eating the “type” of candies you have on hand over and over, and basically stop eating it. This will be a great plan, so you won’t find yourself eating your candy stash instead of saving it to pay the candy ransom due on October 31st.
When all else fails, you can always just give out little bags of pretzels or toothbrushes, but I will forewarn you, you just may have a pile of toothbrushes at the end of your driveway. But, at least you did well. Happy Halloween
By: Kimberly Schorn, MS, RD, CSSD, LDN
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