On Halloween, candy can be found everywhere, kids dress up as their favorite character, and it is the official start of the holiday season.
But how do you prepare yourself for all the sugar that seems to be at arm’s reach everywhere you turn?
The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends that men should not consume more than 38 grams of sugar per day and women should have no more than 25 grams of added sugar per day. However, a 2 oz TWIX bar has 28 grams of sugar alone! Keeping your Halloween indulgences reasonable can feel like a losing battle sometimes. Don’t worry, we’ve got your back.
Here are some tips to help you get through Halloween and still crush your wellness goals!
Buy the candy the day of Halloween:
If you don’t have candy around the house, you can’t eat it. Wait until October 31st or the night before to stock up on treats. The less time you are around it, the less temptation you will have.
Pick your least favorite candy:
Don’t buy your favorite candy – buy what you don’t like! For me, it’s gummy candies. You’re less likely to eat the candy if you don’t like it.
Keep it out of sight:
If the giant bowl of candy is tempting, leave it outside for the trick-or-treaters. Then, do something active to take your mind off the candy. If you still want to see the adorable kids dressed up, leave the candy bowl near the door – out of sight, out of mind!
If you are going to eat candy (and occasionally, you should) enjoy it! Pick your favorite, sit down, and savor it. Remember – it is all about moderation. Enjoy it slowly and don’t overdo it. Most importantly do not feel guilty!
Get rid of it:
Finally, once all the festivities are over on Nov. 1st, bring your left-over candy to a local shelter or pack a care package for the troops overseas. This is a great way to bring in the season of giving by giving away leftover candy.