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10 Ways to Resist Halloween Candy Cravings

candyHalloween can be a difficult time to avoid chocolatey, sweet, gooey temptations. Here are a few ways to keep yourself from indulging in too much candy this Halloween.

  1. If you don’t have kids in the neighborhood, don’t buy candy for trick-or-treaters. Just get a small bag of candy, just in case someone comes knocking. But if you didn’t have trick-or-treaters last year, chance are you won’t have them again this year. Don’t create the temptation of candy in the house if you know you won’t be giving it out.
  2. Buy candy for trick-or-treaters that you don’t like. Then you’re not tempted to eat it.
  3. Wait until the last minute to buy candy for trick-or-treaters. You don’t need candy in the house any longer than necessary.
  4. Buy candy with less calories and fat. Avoid chocolate bars with higher fat and calorie content. Here’s a link to a great comparison of candy nutrition in a table by CNN Interactive: http://www.cnn.com/FOOD/resources/food.for.thought/sweets/compare.candy.bar.html. Stick to hard candy and bubble gum that have no fat, but remember that sugar in these sweets turns to fat eventually also.
  5. Get yourself sweet alternatives that will satisfy your urge for chocolate, like healthy granola bars. These do have fat, but they also have protein and other nutritional value. And they’ll curb your craving for chocolate.
  6. Have other healthy snacks available in the house, like sweet fruits, raw veggies and low fat yogurt to eat instead of candy.
  7. Set a daily limit to the amount of chocolate and hard candy you’re allowed to eat. Having one bite size chocolate bar in a day won’t be the end of the world. When you keep your portions under control, you satisfy your cravings without consuming too much of the bad stuff. If you go cold turkey and eat no sweets for a whole week, you could cave eventually and pig out on 3 king size candy bars and a bowl of candy corn! You don’t want that.
  8. Play “hide the candy” with your kids, spouse or roommate. Hide candy from each other, and then give each other a limited number of pieces per day. Sometimes it’s easier to control what others eat than what you eat yourself. But make sure this won’t cause any fighting, especially with the kids!
  9. After your kids have been able to enjoy some of their candy, start to slowly take some away. Pick out a few pieces of candy from their trick-or-treat bags per day and throw it out. When the kids are young, if you do it carefully enough, they won’t even notice. As they get older, be sure to leave their favorites and take what you know they won’t eat as quickly. Most of the time, bags of Halloween candy can last a month or two… then it will be Thanksgiving and Christmas, so they’ll get even more sweets and candy.
  10. Even better than wasting the candy and creating garbage, give the Halloween candy away! It will need to be individually wrapped pieces, and it’s best to put the candy in plastic bags. Check online for local charities that will take the candy. Some food banks will accept it, or maybe a church or school will take it. tons-of-candy
    • A local option might be an area Ronald McDonald House chapter:  http://www.rmhc.org/about-us. 
    • Another great group that might like your Halloween candy is our military troops! Soldiers overseas, on base in the U.S. and their military families would be happy to receive your candy. Again, it needs to be individually wrapped or in an unopened bag/box, and it’s best to put the candy in sealable plastic bags before sending. They will appreciate the treats and you won’t be wasting it… or eating all of it yourself!
    • Here are a few websites that will help you find a place to send your candy: