10 Tips on How to Avoid Halloween Candy Temptations
Posted on Wednesday, October 26th, 2016 at 11:22 am
Halloween marks the beginning of the parade of holidays that tempt us with sweets at every turn. While I believe in all foods in moderation, sweets are particularly challenging for most of us. Sweets, similar to antidepressants, increase the brain chemical serotonin, which improves mood. Serotonin levels in the brain drop when days get shorter and there is less sunshine. Sugar cravings can be caused by the change in season and also by stress and depression. Here are some tips that will reign in the sugar monster in you this Halloween!
1) Wait to buy the candy closer to the day of Halloween, so it is not sitting around for weeks before.
2) Buy candy that you don’t like all that much. For me, that means avoiding anything chocolate.
3) Buy a healthier treat for Halloween, like granola bars or crackers. Less tempting and better for the kiddos.
4) Don’t leave the candy sitting out in a bowl. Hide the candy on a high shelf. Out of sight, out of mind!
5) Chew sugarless gum. Chewing gum can satisfy your sweet tooth and reduce the urge to eat candy.
6) Savor one piece of candy a day. Make it a mindful eating experience. Depriving yourself from sugar could lead to an all-out binge.
7) Get the candy out of your house after Halloween day. Lots of dentist offices accept donated candy.
8) Fill up on healthy carbohydrates, like fruits, vegetables and whole grains to reduce sugar cravings.
9) Get 30 minutes or more of direct sunlight a day to boost serotonin levels. Go for a walk during lunch.
10) Most importantly, if you do go overboard on the candy, don’t dwell on it. Think about what you could do differently next time.
Yours in Health,
Frankie Wilson, M.S., R.D.