Monthly Archives: October 2011

Halloween treats can be tricky!

For many of us, having pounds and pounds of Halloween candy in the house is scarier than any horror movie or haunted house attraction! Before you know it, you’re picking up bags and bags of candy “just to have it” and find yourself pigging out on it well before All Hallow’s eve. If this is you, here are a few tips to ward off the evil chocolate delicacies:

  • Don’t buy your Halloween candy until a day or two before Halloween. Don’t worry that the store will be all sold out. They know what day it is and they’re not going to miss out on making a buck on candy sales.
  • Buy a candy that you don’t like. If you hate coconut, plan on giving out Almond Joys. If you’re not a fan of dark chocolate or mint, think about peppermint patties.
  • Go with the bag of mixed candy that includes hard candies, lollipops and tootsie rolls. You’ll find yourself less tempted and it’s actually a better treat for the littler ones who come to the door.
  • Don’t give chocolate! Give gum, gummy bears or similar fat free candy and lollipops. Don’t be afraid to buy popcorn balls or Doritos or chips in small bags. Kids get sick of chocolate after a while and welcome a little change of pace. Look for light up necklaces or other trinkets that kids will go crazy for.
  • Give out cold waters or juice boxes to the trick or treaters. They’ll appreciate the treat they can use right then and there. It’s a pretty good gamble that they didn’t bring anything to drink, and after traversing around the neighborhood and sampling their goodies, they could use a cold drink.

Don’t let Halloween be an excuse to get all scary with your sweets. Take a few precautions and keep Halloween healthy for you, your family and your trick or treaters.


Rebel and break some diet rules!

Don’t eat after dinner. Don’t mix carbs and protein. Don’t ever eat fast food again! It seems that just as you’re about to enjoy something delicious, someone comes along and tells you a diet myth that will make you wonder…“should I eat that?” There are so many of these “diet rules” that keep you guessing. Obey or nay? Well guess no more! Break a few rules and still lose weight.

#1 Don’t eat after dinner

If you’re hungry, denying your body of fuel will only SLOW your metabolism, which in turn makes your body hold onto fat. So if you’re hungry after dinner, just choose a healthy snack. If you usually want a snack after dinner, plan your day so you can afford those extra calories.

#2 Avoid forbidden foods

Indulge yourself — in moderation. If you try to substitute your way out of a craving, you might end up eating more calories than if you had just eaten what you wanted!

#3 Bread is the devil

Your body craves carbs because they are the body’s preferred source of energy. Whole grain bread is a complex carbohydrate, which contains provide filling fiber. Skipping carbs altogether can set you up for an all-out carb binge.

#4 Don’t eat any fast food

Eating a real meal will be more satisfying than a protein bar or shake. If that meal has to be at a fast food place, there are many choices these days to help you eat healthy. Skip the cheese, mayo, and creamy sauces; ask for grilled, not fried, and order the smallest size available. Your best bets are a grilled chicken sandwich, hamburger, or a salad with grilled chicken (get reduced-fat dressing).

When you limit yourself, you psychologically set yourself up for a binge. If you eat smart by breaking a few rules, you set yourself up for success.

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