Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Halloween is just around the corner, and while candy is not necessarily a healthy treat, it’s hard to resist. It’s easy to forget the high calories associated with candy - even bite size candies can add up! To manage calorie-intake this Halloween, check out CalorieCount.com for nutritional facts for all your favorite candy.
CalorieCount.com offers weight management tools, social support and nutritional info to help members reach diet goals. The Web site is based on the philosophies that every dieter is different and for a weight loss program to be successful, it has to be personal, and make sense with your lifestyle. Counting calories is a proven and highly effective way to lose weight.
CalorieCount.com Director of Nutrition Mary Hartley, R.D., has some great tips to avoid candy binges:
* The best candies are simple sugar creations like lollipops and hard candies (or gummy bears and licorice, although those stick to your teeth!)
* Buy candy at the last minute and make sure it’s not your favorite kind so you will not be tempted
* You can always choose your favorite candy, but limit snacking to Halloween night only
* Become a candy snob. Buy only really good candy (e.g. Godiva Truffles) and savor each piece mindfully. Take a piece, close your eyes, and see how long you can make it last. Think of words to describe the taste sensation.
* Conversely, don’t kid yourself into thinking inferior candy is good. Stale peanuts in the M&Ms, stale Rice Krispies in the Nestles Crunch, grainy chocolate, the vile after-taste of candy corn. Yuck! Who wants to eat that?
* Vow to eat only two pieces of Halloween candy everyday. Stretch it out until the kids forget about it.
* Play the game of keeping each piece of candy in your mouth for a full minute before swallowing.
* Put the candy in the freezer. Your teeth will break if you try to gobble it down.
* Give away half of the candy to the local Shelter for the Homeless or the Food Bank. Feel the joy of giving.
* Chop up the chocolate candy and bake it in to cookies. Throw a little party and serve them to the guests.
* Do not buy the candy on sale on November 1st!
* Save half of the candy for Santa Claus. Santa said he needs the candy as payback for the gifts. Want proof? See how fat he is.