Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Trick or Treat...

Kids in costumes, and candy galore...Most holidays have become extremely commercial and have developed candy/chocolate accompaniments. It seems like Thanksgiving is just arriving and Christmas decorations and candy/chocolate are already lining the shelves. We don't seem to get a break from this toxic food environment. With Halloween this weekend, practice your portion control and healthy eating habits. Halloween candy/chocolate comes in bite size wrappers so it's great for portion control, but CONTROL is the key.

These temptations can make it difficult to stay on track, but if you want a sweet treat, have a moderate amount. As dietitians, we always focus on balance, moderation, and variety. So, maybe on October 31, you have a bit of chocolate, just challenge yourself to only have a little bit, and then come November 1, get it out of the house. If it stays there to tempt you, you are more likely to give in, so practice "out of sight, out of mind."

Focus your attention on time with friend, costume development, and conversations with neighbours.

Steph Wheler