Getting ready for a pumpkin-carving party at home today and thinking about all the candies that are coming our way . . . what to do, what to do . . .
Great article for helping our children manage their candies:
Tips for Dealing with Halloween Candy Overload
And here are some tips for the grown ups courtesy of "GaGa Sisterhood"; for the complete article visit "9 Tips to Tame Your Halloween Candy Monster"
- Buy Halloween candy you don’t like. You’ll be less likely to eat it.
- Buy the bare minimum you think you’ll need for trick-or-treaters. Halloween falls on Sunday this year. Since it’s a school night, you’ll probably have fewer visitors.
- Don’t buy the candy until October 31. It’s often on sale then, too. If you must buy it sooner, don’t open the bag until Halloween night.
- Count the empty wrappers. If you’re popping fun-size bars in your mouth, you can lose track of how many calories you’ve eaten. If you leave the wrappers out, it will remind you how many you’ve eaten.
- Give away the leftovers the day after Halloween. Don’t bring it to work and tempt your co-workers with sweets they don’t need.
- Plan a conscious indulgence. If there’s a time of day when you crave sweets, wait until then and savor the moment. I like to suck on a Tootsie Pop while I’m watching television. They last a long time, have chocolate in the middle, and they’re only 60 calories per pop.
- Avoid the post-Halloween candy sales. It may seem like a good bargain, but you know you’ll regret it later.
- Write down the things that trigger your indulgences. If you skip a meal, for example, you’ll be more likely to crave sweets.
- Commit to yourself and a friend. Make a pledge with a friend that this holiday season will be a healthy one and list three reasons why.