Healthy Lifestyle: Trick or Treat

October 24, 2011 By: consultant 4 Comments

It is almost Halloween. The “trick” is to not overdo it with the “treats” during this holiday. To stay on track with your healthy lifestyle and weight loss goals learn how to still enjoy the treats with healthy moderation. Here are some tips to stay on track:

  1. Shop last minute. Put off buying Halloween candy until the night before or day of Halloween. Then you will be less tempted to dig into the treats earlier. Also, buy candy that you don’t like, so you are less likely to indulge – in between trick-or-treaters and with leftovers.
  2. Out of sight out of mind. Don’t leave a bowl of candy out on your desk at work or your counter in the kitchen. Other colleagues may not be as health conscious, and it’s easy to just pop a little candy in your mouth every time you walk by their stash. Try chewing a piece of gum to avoid the temptation. If you decide to have a piece of candy, that’s okay. A trick to monitor your treats so you don’t over indulge is to keep your empty wrappers. If you keep your empty wrappers it will remind you of how many you ate and motivate you to stop at one or two.
  3. Keep eating healthy. Make an extra effort to stick to your well-balanced diet. Your healthy diet will keep you satisfied rather than raiding the candy bowl.
  4. Exercise. A great time to get in some extra walking exercise is Halloween night by taking kids trick-or-treating.
  5. Don’t stress. Halloween is one single day of the year. Enjoy a treat. Keep up with your healthy lifestyle and enjoy treats in moderation.

Here is a nutritional breakdown of your favorite Halloween candy:

1 fun size   Calories Fat Sugar
Snickers 72 3.7 7
Reese’s 80 4.5 7
Almond Joy 91 5.1 9.2
Milky Way 76 2.9 10.9
Butterfinger 100 4 10
M&M’s 90 4 11.5
Peanut M&M’s 93 4.7 9.1
Nestle Crunch 51.3 2.7 5.6
Peppermint Pattie 47 1 8.6
Kit Kat 73 3.7 6.7
Dots 70 0 11
Skittles 80 .8 15
Jellybeans 35 0 7
3 Musketeers 63.3 2 10
Milky Way Dark 81 3 11
Hershey’s Bar 66.7 4 7.7
Take 5 105 5.5 9
100 Grand 95 4 11
Nerds 50 0 12
Whoppers 100 4 13
Mike & Ike  

50

0 9
SweeTarts 10 0 2.4
Milk Duds 40 2 6.3
Babe Ruth 85 4 10
Heath Bar 77 4.7 8.7

Source for calorie counts: http://www.fitsugar.com/Calories-Halloween-Candy-Fun-Size-Treats-5452936

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