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When temptation comes knocking on All Hallows Eve

If orange is the new black, then Halloween is certainly the rising star of the holiday season…at least when it comes to retail sales.

So while you’re stringing spider webs, digging a graveyard in the front lawn, and stocking up on sugar shockers for the goblins and ghouls, consider that Halloween is just the beginning of food season. Come January, “fun size” may not be so fun without a little healthy planning.

Here are a few strategies to make this Halloween a little less scary on the candy-indulging front:

 

* Wait as long as possible to buy candy so you’re not tempted to tear into your stash before the big day. And as an added bonus, you might even find great last-minute sales.

* Avoid buying your favorite candy for trick-or-treaters so if there are leftovers, you won’t be tempted to polish it off yourself.

* Cravings are typically strongest when food is in view and within reach. Try the “out-of-sight, out-of-mind” principal by storing candy in places that are hard to reach.

* Your mother may have made you clean your plate, but that doesn’t mean you have to eat the entire treat. For instance, if your favorite part of a cupcake is the icing, just eat that part.

* Before heading to a Halloween party, eat something healthy first so you don’t walk in hungry. And instead of diving straight into the food, enjoy the company first.

* Don’t completely deprive yourself. Indulge in a small amount of candy, but rid yourself of the excess by sharing it at the office or sending it to school for teacher rewards.

 

And just in case you’re wondering, if Brach’s laid out the candy corn kernels it sells each year end-to-end, it would wrap around the Earth 4.25 times…proving the need for healthy Halloween planning!

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