- Buy Individually wrapped candies- If you are tempted to eat more than 1-2 pieces of candy at one time, you will be less likely to over-indulge if you have to physically open more wrappers than if you had the unwrapped candy already at your fingertips.
- Out of site, out of mind. Don't leave a bowl or jar of candy out in your living room or coffee table. That will only tempt you.
- Eat dinner before Trick or Treating so that your hunger is satisfied before being exposed to tons of candy.
- Eat with your non-dominant hand. You will be more likely to pay more attention to how much you are eating and you will be eating slower since it isn't as reflexive as your dominant hand.
- Freeze any chocolate and take out one 1 piece only each day so that you can have a small treat at night by the time it is thawed. Since the others are still frozen, it will force you to pace yourself and inhibit you from over-eating at one sitting.
- Only buy a small bag of candy so you are less likely to have any leftovers after the trick or treaters come.
- Recycle/Give Leftovers- If you do have leftovers, you can put them in your gift wrapping area of your house for filling future holiday gifts/stocking stuffers, OR you could give the rest of the candy to the last trick-or treater. BONUS: You will have the best house reputation in the neighborhood.
- Give out toys, stickers, glow in the dark sticks instead of candy! BONUS: Glow in the dark toys will help kids stay visible and safe at night, and what kid doesn't like things that glow in the dark??
Whether you are going out trick or treating, or staying home to hand out candy, you will want to listen to these tips to stay healthy and in control tonight on Halloween.
For more tips about how to stay healthy during the holidays, check back around Thanksgiving and Christmas for new posts!
I am a Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator, and a self-proclaimed foodie currently living in Washington D.C. I genuinely want to help people enjoy healthy eating. I hope that through my blog you will learn a bit more about nutrition, share with me in my love-hate relationship for exercise, eat well, and feel good :)