Candy: The Real Demon Of Halloween

Candy: The Real Demon Of Halloween
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Candy: The Real Demon Of Halloween

This Halloween, do not be afraid to...

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Form Daily Restrictions.

Put restrictions on how much candy they can eat each day.

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Offer Candy Alternatives.

Give out candy alternatives to trick-or-treaters; pretzels, stickers, cash ... whatever it takes. If you are having a party, make sure there is just as many healthy choices as there are unhealthy ones.

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Give Candy Away.

Throw candy away or find an organization sending it to our troops. After a couple of days, the novelty should have worn off, and you can quietly and covertly start dumping the stash, piece by piece.

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Eat Just A Bite.

Let your kids eat only a bite. There is nothing wrong with wasting the rest.

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Fill up on Healthy Food First.

Insist that your kids eat something healthy before they pop the Reeses. A handful of baby carrots or a celery stick will go a long way toward offsetting the bad stuff. Plus, it will fill them up, making less room for candy. Remember, when you do this, the candy isn't a prize. Explain to your kids candy can make them feel sick if they eat too much on an empty stomach, and the veggies will help keep things in check.

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Be Weary of Scary Sugar.

Remember when we used to hear stories of people tampering with un-wrapped treats, even fruit like apples? Maybe we should be more afraid of the well-wrapped candy!

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Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year. Pumpkins, costumes and the best part ... CANDY! I have a sweet tooth that some days takes up my whole mouth. I mean it. There is literally no room for any of my other teeth until my sweet tooth is satisfied and crawls back into her cavity-created hole. I live with six other people and only one shares my obsession with candy. So, I am happy to report evolutionary selection is still at work. It tastes too good to be good for you, and somewhere deep down, our DNA knows it.

Scientifically, sugar has been accused of causing:

  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • Cancer

Sugar is proven to:

  • Cause tooth decay
  • Be a source of empty calories
  • Cause tooth decay .
  • Be a source of empty calories

My own theory, based on personal experience and observation, is that sugar:

  • Decreases the effectiveness of our immune system .
  • Disrupts our sleep habits .
  • Causes night terrors in small children .
  • Causes fatigue and the blues .
  • Decreases attention span .

Check out the slideshow above for tips to cut back on sugar this Halloween.

We are showing you how to eat, drink and be scary this Halloween season.
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