When you are trying to live a healthier lifestyle and the holidays come up, things can get tricky! You see, we all know that sugar is the culprit of many issues such as an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and cancer, just to name a few. But then there is real life, and in real life the temptations are all around us - especially during the holidays - and with Halloween around the corner, I decided no better time than now to give you some tips to help you slow down on your sugar consumption.
Susan's top tips for avoiding the candy bowl:
Buy your candy the day before or the day of Halloween (you may even get a discount at the store)
Place your candy out of view, perhaps putting it in the basement or the linen closet
Buy the types of candy you do not like
Buy large size candy bars. The snack size or even mini's can trick you into thinking you are eating way less, but over a week you will eat more than a full-size candy bar worth of calories and sugar alone.
Just a little data: A regular-sized Snickers bar has 490 calories and 29 grams of sugar, and 4 Snickers Minis (which is considered a serving) have 170 calories and 19 grams of sugar. If you ate one Snickers bar before Halloween and stopped at one, you would be better off than eating 4 Minis every day for 7 days.
Let's do the math for the sugar alone:
One snicker bar = 29 grams of sugar.
4 pieces of mini Snickers (19 grams of sugar) x 7 days before Halloween = 133 grams
Now that is scary!
Every time you want to eat a piece of candy, grab a fruit instead. Apples are great this time of year. Be kind to yourself and be mindful of the excess sugar you will be putting in your body the week before Halloween. Eating this much sugar can send you into a spiral effect and you will just crave it more and more, which can lead to those scary diseases I mentioned above. If you are going to eat the candy please read the labels and pay attention to what and how much you are putting in your body. Happy Halloween! XO