Healthy Living | How to Handle the Halloween Candy Rush

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Good Morning! This week’s Healthy Living Monday Minute focuses on trying to eat healthy around Halloween, and how avoiding the tasty treats can benefit your health.

Todays healthy tip is: have an apple at work instead of the Halloween candy that may be floating around. Now I know trying to avoid eating your kids (or even your own) stache of hard earned candy might be hard to do, but avoiding that sugar rush will pay dividends in the weeks to come.

According to WebMD “All it takes is one snack size candy bar or an additional 100 calories and most adults will experience weight creep up on them before they even know it.” So how can we avoid these extra calories while at work or home? Here are some tips to help you avoid the temptation of candy during Halloween:

| Buy candy that you don’t love – If the candy that you fill your cupboards with is stuff you don’t enjoy but your kids like then it will be easier to resist binge eating.
| Have one piece of candy a day – I know it’s tough to completely shun candy during Halloween! So choose one time of day that where you can enjoy your favourite treat.
| The best tip that I can provide to you is to substitute eating candy for eating fruit or snackable veggies. The sugars in these healthy substitutes will satisfy your cravings and help disperse energy evenly throughout the day.

Making the effort to stay on top of your candy eating habits will help you feel satisfied and less likely to raid the candy bowl while nobody’s watching. But at the end of the day it is Halloween and it is nearly impossible to avoid a little candy. So if you decide to indulge in sweet treats here’s a healthy tip to offset those candy calories:

| 1 Hershey’s milk chocolate bar = 15 minutes of dancing
| 1 Milky way, Twix, or Snickers = 9 minutes of jumping jacks
| 1 Reese’s Peanut butter cup = 7 minutes of jogging