Halloween is fast approaching and everywhere you look there’s bags of candy begging you to buy them. Do you indulge or do you avoid buying the bag with every effort you have? Keep the candy after Halloween or throw it out immediately? Here’s our dietitian’s suggestions:
- Wait until closer to Halloween to buy the candy – there’s not necessarily a need to have candy in the house (if it’s not usually there) starting in August.
- Once the candy is in the house, keep it in a cabinet. You’ll still know it’s there and can have some when you’d like but it won’t be a constant temptation. You might find that once it’s regularly available to you, the excitement wears off!
- After Halloween, separate the leftover candy into piles of “keep” and “not-to-keep” based on your preferences. Bring the “not-to-keep” pile to work or donate it. The “keep” pile should be your favorites.
- ENJOY your favorites throughout the week by choosing one to two pieces to have after a nutritious meal. Enjoy is emphasized because there should be no guilt about having a sweet treat after a meal. Here is another instance where you might find that once it’s regularly available to you, the excitement wears off!
- While we certainly don’t recommend routinely eating bags of candy, we do believe in teaching ourselves to fuel our bodies with nutrient-dense foods most often, while enjoying pleasurable foods in moderation, without guilt.