The holiday season is here, and with them come sweets, treats and other holiday goodies. To help you stay on track, implement these tips to avoid Halloween temptation.
It’s that dreaded – or for some, anticipated – time of year. It starts with Halloween, then moves right into Thanksgiving. Next comes Christmas, Hanukkah and other winter holidays, then it’s right into the new year. With candy, chocolates, and assorted sweets at every turn in the grocery store, what’s a person to do?
Keep in mind that the holidays are more than sweets and treats. On Halloween day, start the celebration with a Halloween themed dinner, then have fun collecting the loot. The key to success is not letting the holiday turn into a two weekk long celebration.
In the days leading up to the holiday, you can avoid Halloween temptation by keeping these tips in mind.
Keep Candy Out of sight, So It’s Out of mind
Dr. Brian Wansink, author of Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think, found that we tend to eat more when something is conveniently in sight. For example, if you have a bowl of sweets sitting on your desk, you’re more likely to eat twice as much, than if that bowl was six feet away.
The lesson – keep those holiday sweets out of an arm’s length away!
Avoid Buying In Bulk
Again, from Dr. Wansink’s work, his team of researchers found that buying in bulk increased consumption. Buying in bulk may be lighter on the wallet, but more candy in your pantry just means you’re more likely to eat it. Though tempting, avoid the one-stop shopping and buying your Halloween candy at Costco or Sam’s. Buying less will help keep your impulses to open that bag and sample some of the candy, at bay.
Keep Portion Size In Check
In addition to buying in bulk, the package size can also influence eating habits. If you pour out of a larger bag, you’re more likely to pour more and eat more, too. Big rewards come from smaller packages.
When it comes down to it, moderation is key. But, these tips to avoid Halloween temptations can sure help. Happy Halloween!