This past weekend I stayed at a friend’s house in Austin, TX and she had a Halloween costume party. When I arrived at her place, I first noticed the large bowl of chocolate fun size bars in the center of the living room. Then as I walked into the dining hall, I saw she had one table devoted to sweets. There were brownies with orange frosting and black sprinkles, pumpkin flavored cupcakes with spider web designs, and a large bowl of sherbet punch that was calling my name. I was reminded of my messages that I’ve been posting this past month on how to take control over our candy addictions and I took a step back. I realized at that moment that I needed to follow my own advice.
As Halloween approaches, we are focusing on how to strategize a plan to reduce the possible damages that the overwhelming presence of candy can cause. Therefore, this month we are focusing on how to make the best choices possible when faced with such temptation. Last week, we found that the top choices of chocolate flavored candies are York Peppermint Patty and 3 Musketeers because they offer the lowest calorie and saturated fat per fun size serving (63 calories, 1 g of sat fat.)
Keep in mind, the whole point of this is to help you make better choices and to make you aware of how to fit them into your diet. If you have just started on your weight loss efforts or if you know candy is one of your trigger foods, this might not be a good time to start adding in sweets into your diet until you know you can control the amount and have learned how to include it into your healthy meal plans. Continue reading “Halloween candy breakdown – part II”
If you got a chance to read last week’s post, I hope you are already working on a plan to have self-control over the candy bowl this year. Remember, the goal is to avoid eating candy altogether! However, if you’re the type that just has to have your sweets, let’s recall last week’s suggestion for setting limits.
“ Set limits on how much you can have on Halloween and every day after that. Tell yourself how much candy you can eat each day and set aside the rest for another time (such as 1 or 2 small pieces.) It is a good idea to have a family member or close friend keep you accountable for this one.”
Is Halloween day one of the only exceptions you give yourself to binge eat on candy? The spirit has always been centered around dressing up and “trick or treating”. Somehow, candy can become the focus once all is said and done – either you’re the one stocking up on loads of candy and sitting by the door with a bucket of temptation or you are the one receiving large amounts from neighbors and/or your children.
Let’s be honest, candy does taste delicious but it doesn’t feel good after eating a large amount. Not to mention, it will hinder your weight loss goals. Remembering past experiences can be a frightening but don’t fret, here are some tips so that this won’t happen to you this year or ever again!