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Halloween Treats without a Trick

Feeling scared by Halloween? Are you haunted by the thought of neverending Halloween treats? As scary as it may seem, this holiday does not have to disrupt your weight management efforts.

Use the following tips to create a weekly action plan for Food. Enjoy the chills and thrills of Halloween, while you continue to stay focused on your program and meet your weight loss goals.

Use these tips to make your Halloween less frightening to your weight loss efforts:

  • Remember that Halloween is a holiday, not a holi-week or holi-month. Treat yourself to a"splurge" on Halloween, and then get back on track with your normal diet plan.
  • To reduce temptation, wait to open the bag of Halloween candy until the first trick-or-treaters arrive at your door. In fact, just keep the bag out of eyesight until the first doorbell rings.
  • Slip on a scary Halloween mask or costume yourself. You'll have fun and be less likely to sneak in candy.
  • Hand out individually decorated packages of non-sugary treats, such as pumpkin seeds or animal crackers. Chew sugar-free gum or keep a snack dish of crunchy vegetables with low-fat dip by the door for you to nibble on instead of trick-or-treat candy. This will help you stick to healthy snacking.
  • Pop in a scary movie and a low-fat crunchy snack such as unbuttered popcorn while waiting for trick-or-treaters to arrive at your door. This will help to distract you from the candy bowl while you enjoy a low-fat, portion-controlled snack.
  • If you have extra candy after the last trick-or-treater is gone, bag it up right away and take it to work or give it to the neighbors.
  • If you are going out with your children to trick-or-treat, be sure to eat before you leave the house. This way you won't be hungry and tempted to eat candy.
  • Take the focus off food and focus on enjoying activities with your children.
  • Record your body's food cues/satisfaction signals in your food journal to self-monitor your internal signals. Use those signals to help rate the value of an unplanned Halloween treat.
  • Purchase candy that isn't your favorite and give all of the candy away so you aren't tempted by any leftovers.
  • Above all, keep in mind that Halloween is a day to enjoy time with your family and friends-it's not all about candy!

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