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Mindfulness Tips for Candy Season

Here are 10 proven ways to avoid consuming too much sugar during Halloween:

To avoid consuming too much sugar during Halloween, you can:

  1. Plan in Advance: Decide how you will move forward through Halloween and stick to that limit. Remember it is a Holi-DAY not a Holi-week.
  2. Choose Healthier Options: Offer or select snacks like fruit, nuts, or low-sugar treats as alternatives to traditional candies.
  3. Portion Control: Limit the amount of candy consumed in one sitting. Decide how many you will eat and stick to that. 
  4. Eat a Balanced Meal: Have a nutritious meal, focusing on protein, before going trick-or-treating to reduce the temptation to overindulge.
  5. Donate Excess Candy: Consider donating extra candy to a local food bank or organization.
  6. Avoid Overbuying: Don't purchase too much candy to begin with; buy only what you need. Just because it is on sale doesn't mean it is a good buy. 
  7. Be Mindful: Encourage mindful eating and savor each piece of candy instead of mindlessly snacking. You can also set an amount limit to enjoy each peice, making it more special.
  8. Set a Time Limit: Designate a specific time frame for enjoying Halloween treats, and stick to it. For example 2-3 days and then get rid of it.
  9. Offer Non-Food Treats: Hand out non-food items like stickers, toys, or small trinkets instead of candy at your home.
  10. Brush Teeth: Brushing your teeth to reduce the desire for more sweets, because we are more unlikely to brush our teeth all over again.

Remember, moderation is key, and a little enjoyment on Halloween is okay as long as it doesn't become a habit.

Sarah Eno Sarah Eno is passionate about supporting healthy lifestyle and mindset change. She graduated in Functional Nutrition in 2016. She has supported hundreds of individuals to a health-promoting lifestyle and believes that everyone has the opportunity to experience health. Sarah is a wife and mom of 3 boys. She loves cross-country skiing, yoga, her Peloton, and does fashion runway part-time.

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