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LMQC Nutritionist blogger, Jeni Tackett, shares her top tips for controlling the urges that often accompany a successful night of trick or treating this Halloween holiday.

by Nutritionist Blogger, Jeni Tackett, RD, LD

The season has begun where sugary treats, parades, and parties are plentiful. You can take steps to reduce your intake of sweets this time of year while still enjoying the season.

Try these tricks to cut back on your intake of holiday treats at home, school, and the office:

Stay fueled:

When you wait more than 4-5 hours to eat, you can become very hungry and avoiding tempting treats is nearly impossible. This is an important time of year to stay fueled throughout the day. Each every 4-5 hours, don’t skip meals, and bring healthy foods with you. Have healthy snacks (think fruits, veggies, nuts) in your car and with you at work to avoid that famished feeling.

Stay hydrated:

Make sure to have water with you to stay hydrated all day long. Being hydrated can help you resist the urge to munch. Some foods contain fluids which can lead us to eating when we are actually thirsty. Having a favorite water bottle with cold water can keep us hydrated and away from unnecessary treats. When it’s cold, hot tea is a cozy option for hydration.

Be choosey:

Some treats during the Halloween season are very easy to overeat and high in calories. For example, a bowl of candy corn or M&M’s is easy to consume quickly by the handfuls resulting in hundreds of extra calories. Alternatively, a lollipop takes a while to consume and has under 100 calories. If you like caramel apple suckers or tootsie pops, you can enjoy something sweet that takes a while to eat and has much fewer calories.

Be educated:

Look up the calorie content of your favorite treats. I love peanut M&M’s but instead of having a bowl of them in my home, I enjoy having some individual packs this time of year. Control your portion with smaller sized options this time of year. Portioning your treats makes mindful eating much easier.

Be stingy:

Do not purchase too much candy this time of year. If you are handing out candy on Halloween, buy what you need but not too much that you end up with leftovers. If you enjoy baking, just make one batch of your favorite dessert rather than doubling recipes or making multiple desserts. You can still enjoy special treats this time of year without getting out of control.

Halloween is a fun time for people of all ages. Start the holiday season off right by practicing some healthy habits while still enjoying special treats.

by Nutritionist Blogger, Jeni Tackett, RD, LD

The season has begun where sugary treats, parades, and parties are plentiful. You can take steps to reduce your intake of sweets this time of year while still enjoying the season.

Try these tricks to cut back on your intake of holiday treats at home, school, and the office:

Stay fueled:

When you wait more than 4-5 hours to eat, you can become very hungry and avoiding tempting treats is nearly impossible. This is an important time of year to stay fueled throughout the day. Each every 4-5 hours, don’t skip meals, and bring healthy foods with you. Have healthy snacks (think fruits, veggies, nuts) in your car and with you at work to avoid that famished feeling.

Stay hydrated:

Make sure to have water with you to stay hydrated all day long. Being hydrated can help you resist the urge to munch. Some foods contain fluids which can lead us to eating when we are actually thirsty. Having a favorite water bottle with cold water can keep us hydrated and away from unnecessary treats. When it’s cold, hot tea is a cozy option for hydration.

Be choosey:

Some treats during the Halloween season are very easy to overeat and high in calories. For example, a bowl of candy corn or M&M’s is easy to consume quickly by the handfuls resulting in hundreds of extra calories. Alternatively, a lollipop takes a while to consume and has under 100 calories. If you like caramel apple suckers or tootsie pops, you can enjoy something sweet that takes a while to eat and has much fewer calories.

Be educated:

Look up the calorie content of your favorite treats. I love peanut M&M’s but instead of having a bowl of them in my home, I enjoy having some individual packs this time of year. Control your portion with smaller sized options this time of year. Portioning your treats makes mindful eating much easier.

Be stingy:

Do not purchase too much candy this time of year. If you are handing out candy on Halloween, buy what you need but not too much that you end up with leftovers. If you enjoy baking, just make one batch of your favorite dessert rather than doubling recipes or making multiple desserts. You can still enjoy special treats this time of year without getting out of control.

Halloween is a fun time for people of all ages. Start the holiday season off right by practicing some healthy habits while still enjoying special treats.

Jeni Tackett

Jeni Tackett

Nutritionist Blogger

Jeni is a registered and licensed dietitian for Rock Valley Health. Jeni counsels her clients on weight loss and nutrition.