According to one report Americans $2.5 billion on candy. That is a ton of candy. As we prepare for Halloween and “the Holidays” we need to think about this with a logical point of view.
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Don’t buy the candy until the last minute. You can’t eat what you don’t have.
Keep Them Hidden – Out of site out of mind.
Take the Kids Don’t Feed the Kids – Try to avoid be the one handing out the candy, instead be the person walking around with the kids
Buy Candy You Don’t Like – If you hate butterfingers, pass them out to the kids
Eat Before You Do Anything – Don’t go to a party or any event on an empty stomach. If you need a sweet? Go for fruit.
Pitch the Candy the Day After – Anything not passed out, throw away. Homeless people might want a Reese Cup.
Two to One – If you do drink alcohol, drink two glasses of water for every glass of alcohol. Use this for food. For every candy you eat, consume two healthy choices.
Go For Minis – If you are going to fall off the wagon, go for the short one. But realize they still add up
M&Ms, plain, Fun size (18 g) – 88 calories and 12 g carb
Snickers Bars, Fun size (17 g) – 80 calories and 10 g carb
Smarties Candy, Roll – 25 calories and 6 g carb
Candy Corn, Brach’s – 11 pieces – 70 calories and 18 g carb
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, Miniature (about 9 grams each) – 44 calories and 5 g carb per cup
Tootsie Roll Mini-Midgees – 11 calories and 2 g carb
Read the Label – You may be surprised and back away after seeing what is in the candy
Tell yourself you don’t want candy. Psychologically it’s much easier if you’re making a conscious choice not to eat sweets and less likely to feel deprived.
Get Reinforcements – Be sure to let people know you are watching your weight.