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Give your sweet tooth a break
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By Joseph Rios

Itís that time of year for costumes and spooky movies as the month of October comes to an end. Halloween is here.

With Halloween comes sweets at every corner of the neighborhood for your children to grab Ė and in turn, those sweets come into your household. According to a survey, around 72 percent of parents admit to stealing candy from their children.

Some of those fun-size candy bars are typically harmless, if you can successfully avoid eating them. Those candy bars can start adding up and so can your weight.

One successful tip for avoiding eating too many sweets is to keep candy out of your sight. If youíre giving away candy this Halloween, you can avoid being tempted to eat it by buying candy that you donít like. That will make it easier to avoid eating candy meant for neighborhood children.

It is also important to limit how much candy you eat. Savoring one piece of candy each day can help with that. It can help to set a specific time of day for when you enjoy your one piece of candy. Chewing gum can give you the sweet taste that you may be craving. According to Brian Wansink, a Cornell researcher, studies show that chewing gum can relieve stress, help you mentally focus on other tasks, help overcome the urge to eat candy and helps to manger hunger until you eat your next meal.

One common sense approach to avoiding sweets is to replace candy with better choices. Candy can be replaced with healthier alternatives like fruit or vegetables. Lona Sandon, a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association, says keeping track of your empty wrappers will remind you of how much candy youíve ate and maybe will inspire you to go to the gym.

Eating a regular, nutritious diet is another way to avoid a sweet tooth. Eating breakfast is important and having healthy snacks in your diet can be helpful. If you drink low-calorie drinks like a cup of hot tea, a glass of water and even light hot chocolate is a proven tactic of satisfying a sweet tooth.

It can be hard to avoid candy and sweets, especially this time of year with Halloween upon us and Thanksgiving coming up. The important thing is to moderate how much candy youíre eating, exercise and eat a healthy diet. In America, people purchase almost 600 million pounds of candy each year for Halloween. Temptation can be everywhere from your home to your workplace.





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