THE REAL HORROR OF HALLOWEEN

Halloween is tomorrow. YIKES! This means that there is a good chance that there will be leftover candy lurking in your house. For some of you, this won’t be a problem. But for others, this could be a major DANGER WILL ROBINSON MOMENT. (Yes, I know I’m dating myself. Does anyone else remember “Lost in Space”?) There are a few things that you can do.

1. Try and buy candy that you don’t like so you’re less tempted. For many of you, that will mean not buying chocolate. I know that you want to have a “good house” on your block but dole out the non-chocolate, less tempting candy instead. I bought very unappealing stuff. The neighborhood kids will hate me. Tough.

2. When Halloween is over, if you can’t keep the leftover candy in your house for lack of control, just get rid of it. My friend in CT told me of a dentist who collected candy and shipped it oversees to the troops. I’m sure someone somewhere can use the candy. Not us!

3. If you are one of the lucky people who can eat candy in moderation, the best way to store it is to stick it in the freezer. No, I’m not interested in the shelf life. A bite sized frozen snickers will take you a lot longer to eat then one left a room temperature. (Notice how I said “bite sized”.)  Perhaps that slow chewing will give you a little time to think about the moderation rule. Decide ahead of time of how many pieces you are going to allow yourself to eat. And sorry, but keep it under 200 calories. You’ll be amazed at how little 200 calories worth of candy is.

4. If the candy is around in the freezer for a few days and you want to maintain your weight, try and cut back on other things. I’d hate you to cut out healthy options and substitute it for candy. However, if it’s just for a few days, it’s not going to kill you. You just don’t want to eat the candy in addition to everything else because then the scale will move for sure……… in the wrong direction

5. Finally, before you dive in, read the nutrition label on the back. Take the time to look at the sugar grams. Divide the sugar grams by 4 to get the approximate number of teaspoons. Grams of sugar don’t mean much to us but teaspoons do! One Tootsie Pop, for example, has 15 grams of sugar or 3.75 teaspoons. That’s just ONE lousy lollipop.

Hang in there and you can always call me if you’re having a candy attack. I’ll talk you down. If you have any other strategies to survive, please share them and send them in!

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