Heather Reese Health Guide
  • The weather is getting cooler and it’s getting dark earlier… I’m beginning to see the autumn themed door decorations pop up. This is my favorite time of the year. Fall has arrived and with it comes all of my favorite things: football, beautiful foliage, sweaters and boots. Unfortunately, fall also brings that dreaded Halloween Candy!

    You can’t walk into a grocery store or pharmacy without walking right into the Halloween candy aisle and it can be very tempting! For some, Halloween candy is a welcome respite from the temptation of full-size candy bars. My roommate Delight can sit down with a bag of Halloween candy and eat only one or two fun size candy bars while I have to be careful not to eat the whole bag. For many people like myself, the beginning of fall requires a whole new level of willpower. And even if you don’t buy Halloween candy in the month leading up to October 31, you still have to buy some for the trick-or-treaters and resist the urge to nibble while you’re passing out the candy.
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    While I can’t make the stores stop carrying Halloween candy for the entire month leading up to the actual holiday, I can provide some suggestions on how to handle the temptation.

    • It’s never a good idea to go grocery shopping on an empty stomach, it becomes even harder to resist high calorie, high fat snack foods and this is especially true around holidays when the stores stock up on seasonal snacks. The good news is that these treats are usually shelved together in one aisle, so if you can avoid that aisle than you’re probably going to be able to pass them up.

    • Denying yourself a small treat when you want one can set yourself up for failure. If you really want some candy and continue to deprive yourself, you may give in to the craving later and eat more than you would have liked. If you’re craving for candy just isn’t going away than have some. Buy a bag of your favorite candy and eat one or two pieces, then get the rest out of the house! Take them into work or give them to a friend. If you don’t want to spend the money on a whole bag of candy that you aren’t going to eat, then you might be better off buying a regular sized candy bar and eating that. But be sure to avoid the king-sized versions.

    • When Halloween finally does roll around, don’t buy your favorite type of candy because then you are just setting yourself up for failure. Purchase a candy that you don’t like so that you won’t be tempted to do the ol’ “one for you, one for me.”

    • Consider allowing yourself to eat candy on Halloween. While starting to eat Halloween candy as soon as it appears on the shelves that can lead to unwanted weight gain, there is nothing wrong with eating some on the actual holiday. In fact, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2005 include added sugars as part of healthy diet when consumed in moderation. So, indulge and enjoy.

    As for me, I plan to purchase my candy on the way home from work on October 31st and ask my roommate to take the leftover candy into work with her the next day. Of course, I’ll probably have a couple of pieces that evening.

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Published On: October 17, 2006