Halloween Health

the words halloween health spelled out in candy corn

Halloween will soon be here, and we all know that the arrival of this holiday means the appearance of massive amounts of candy!

Although a bite of chocolate can go a long way in turning a bad day around, excess sugar can also make you feel sluggish and lethargic. While it’s great to treat yourself, we’ve got some tips for keeping your sweet tooth from getting the best of you:

1. Wait it out.

This is a simple and effective way to improve your self control when you’ve got sweets within reach. When a candy craving hits, make a habit of waiting an hour before indulging. This will help keep you from impulse eating or mindlessly snacking on empty calories and excess sugar.

2. Set a limit.

Set some boundaries on the amount of sweets you’ll allow yourself to consume. This could be a certain number of candy pieces, or a certain calorie count. Setting a limit will help you pace yourself and recognize when it’s time to stop for the day.

3. Try a substitute.

Artificial sugars can be addictive, and the more you eat, the more you’ll want! Try substituting with treats that contain natural sugars. Fruit is a great option, but you can also try desserts that have been sweetened with honey or pure maple syrup. These may seem like small changes, but eliminating artificial sugars from your diet can have a big impact on your health!

4. Mix it up.

When you need a sweet treat, try a combining a healthy snack with an indulgent element. For example, slice up an apple and dip it in caramel, or try drizzling a banana with chocolate sauce. Even though this is still a treat, it’s a much better option than a candy bar loaded with empty calories.

These easy adjustments will help you keep your sweet tooth (and waistline) in check during Halloween and the upcoming holidays. If you’ve got more candy than your family can eat, there are a lot of great options for donating it!

Check out these charities that accept candy donations:

Operation Shoebox is an organization that will send your excess candy to military service people at home and abroad.

Operation Gratitude also accepts donations of candy to send to those serving our country. Their website has resources that will assist you in hosting a candy drive in your community or business.

The Ronald McDonald House is an organization that helps provide food, housing, and other forms of financial relief for families whose children are experiencing long hospital stays. They accept candy and food donations for the families they assist.

Lastly, we’d like to invite everyone to our Halloween Downtown event, presented by Kelly Services! This event is free and open to children 10 and under, and will feature trick-or-treating, live entertainment, inflatables and more! We hope to see you there, and we’re wishing everyone a safe and healthy Halloween!