Tips for Managing Halloween Candy
First, the bad news:
The average trick or treating jack o lantern bucket holds about 250 pieces of candy, which averages out to roughly 9,000 calories!!! Another way to think about it, if an “acceptable” candy consumption is 2 - 3 pieces per day, those 250 pieces of candy would last 3 - 4 months. Kids definitely do not need to be snarfing down candy for months after Halloween!
In addition, Halloween can be the perfect excuse for adults to over do it too, and it’s easier than you think. Many “fun sized” candy bars still have almost 100 calories in them! Even eating one per day is almost enough to make you gain a pound over the course of a month, and seriously, who eats just one?
Here are some tips for managing candy this Halloween:
Halloween is a hard time to stay on plan. At the store you’re confronted by aisles overflowing with 5-pound bags of candy, your kids come home with bags of loot from parties and trick-or-treating, and at night’s end you’re inevitably left with half a bowl of candy by the front door. How can you be expected to resist your favorite candies when they are within arm’s reach, wherever you go?
Here’s how. Try these tactics for staying calm and cool in the face of nightmarish temptation.
Resist the sales. Don’t fall for coupons or BOGO deals. A 5-pound bag of candy on sale is still a 5-pound bag of candy.
Buy late. The closer to Halloween you buy the candy, the better. And once you bring it home, don’t even rip open the bag until the first trick-or-treater comes. That way, you’ll have less total temptation time to cope with.
Choose candy you don’t like. Hate coconut? Load up on Mounds and Almond Joy. You get the idea.
Devise a game plan. Start giving out more candy to each costumed kid as the night wears on, so there’s less left over. If there are still remainders, get them out of the house. Give the candy away to a food charity, collect it all and offer it to the neighbors, or bring it to work (and drop it off in a different department!).
Go out on a full stomach. If you have to walk your kids around to trick-or-treat, make lunch your big meal of the day, so you’re not walking around hungry with bags full of candy. Carry a thermos of something hot to sip on, or chew mint gum throughout the night. It’ll help kill your urge to put candy in your mouth.
Manage the kids’ haul. When the candy’s at home, work with your kids to decide what to do with it. Have them pick their 10 favorite pieces and save the rest for lunches and parties.
Freeze it! Put left-over favorite candy in the freezer. If you get weak and find yourself digging into them, they will be rock solid and it will take time to get through even one. (Note: This won’t work with candy that’s especially delicious when frozen, like Snickers.)
Ditch the sense of occasion. Remind yourself that you can buy yourself candy any time of the year. There’s no need to load up on fun-size bars on October 31 when you can enjoy them whenever your heart desires.
Keep things in perspective. Eating a little bit of candy on Halloween doesn’t make a person overweight — it’s constant overeating that can pile on the pounds. So don’t assume you can’t enjoy even a single treat, especially since deprivation is a dieting tactic that often backfires.
(from weight watchers)