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10 Tricks to Avoid the Halloween Treats

How to Enjoy the Holiday without Overindulging in Sweets


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  • Living in a senior community, we don't have trick or treaters, so we're not tempted or need to buy candy. I used to love sugary treats, but since joining spark, I have been able to totally eliminate refined sugar. I substitute fruit for my snacks now and fresh veggies too. Very surprised that I could do this and feeling much healthier as a result. - 10/21/2016 5:05:04 PM
  • I wholeheartedly disagree with a "healthy diet" includes sweets, sugary stuff, etc. Almost everyone I know or speak to has a really tough time with "just a few" or "everything in moderation" -- why do nutritionists (and companies who benefit from people overindulging) keep saying this??

    Science now proves sugar is addictive. Are nutritionists being taught this nonsense by food company-funded nutrition classes and studies?

    Get with it! Look at the new research and stop pushing that this garbage is okay. - 10/21/2016 5:09:51 AM
    Halloween is no fun when you are older, we don't get treaters, so not buying anything. Christmas is more of a treat time. Thankfully.... - 10/22/2015 3:12:33 AM
  • As a single person with no kids, I'm avoiding the whole thing! No candy will be purchased. I won't be home that night (or I'll be hiding in a dark house!!) . I will go to an adult party the next day. Eating on the low end of calorie range and then I'll work out double that morning and splurge a little. - 10/28/2014 7:26:00 PM
  • FITNESS386
    LOL IIFYM - 10/28/2014 7:20:54 PM
  • I hate coconut candy so much----that I would feel cruel giving it out to the children. LOL
    (I'll give out M&Ms and use personal restraint) HA! - 10/21/2014 12:51:50 PM
  • I buy candy that I don't particularly care for, which fortunately happens to be the ones that the kids who come seem to like BEST (I found this out by buying all sorts of candy one year, counting how many I started with, letting the kids choose what they wanted, then counting what was left to see what they chose most. Snickers, M&Ms, fun dip, skittles, and Reeces were the favorites).
    I already bought candy this year, but I may give out quarters next year (great idea!!). I remember when I went that I liked finding money at the bottom of my bag among all the candy. Maybe kids today do too. - 10/21/2014 11:31:39 AM
  • ANNAS7
    Thanks for all the tips, I don't give out anymore, I go celebrate moms birthday! But I always have a piece of cake! I'm so bad, I have a hard time staying away from cakes! I'm not baking anymore! Lord help me, I really need to lose these 50 lbs. Instead of losing, I was gaining! I need to be more careful of what I reach for!
    - 10/21/2014 11:20:02 AM
    My favorite treat to give is a quarter. It doesn't cause anyone an allergic reaction, it will never be suspected of containing some hurtful object and if there are any left over, I can use them myself without departing from my diet. - 10/21/2014 6:12:16 AM
  • These are good tips if you're out of control, but let's face it--we learn over and over again that a healthy lifestyle is a lifelong commitment, so one day of indulging (not bingeing) is natural. I agree with taking precautions to avoid over eating, but until the bitter end this makes it sound like Halloween candy is evil and to be avoided at all costs. That's just not realistic for a lifetime. - 10/1/2014 10:32:21 AM
  • I have no "unfavorite" candy, so I don't have any, don't give any out. - 11/1/2013 9:26:42 AM
  • Sorry, but there's no way I'm gonna work with #5 - just can't stomach the taste of pumpkin :( - 10/11/2013 5:53:25 AM
  • I don't buy candy. That is the easiest way to avoid temptation! - 10/5/2013 10:37:16 PM
  • The nice thing about Halloween for us is that my son isn't really into candy (the night walk & knocking on doors is the fun part still). He has a small container that he fills in a really fun neighborhood (lots of good decorations). This year we are doing Mad Hatter, March Hare & Dormouse as costumes so we've decided to take a pot of either herb spice tea or hot cider to sip at while walking. After Trick or Treating, the son picks out the candy he wants (we give a piece or 2 a day, takes about a week to finish) & the rest of the candy goes into the break room at my work. ;)
    - 10/5/2013 3:15:31 PM
  • I have to admit. I did buy the candy corn with pumpkins in it today. I then later ate two very small dishes of it. Was a great reminder of what I used to like when I wasn't worried about the sugar. Glenn . - 10/5/2013 6:52:21 AM

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