The Healthier Halloween Candy Guide

woman thinking with her hand over her mouth(BlackDoctor.org) — All those miniature candy bars lining the Halloween candy section of your local store look so harmless. But will the calories from that candy come back to haunt your waistline in the weeks ahead?

Candy in general is a big trigger for overindulgence, says Jayme Albin, MA, PhD, a cognitive-behavior therapist in private practice. Not only that, but our cravings for carbohydrates tend to increase as the weather gets colder and daylight hours get shorter. These two factors align at this time of year to make Halloween the perfect storm for calorie overload.

As any true candy-craver knows, trying to pass up Halloween candy completely may only make you want it more. But if you enjoy favorite treats in moderation every day leading up to the holiday, you may be less likely to overdo it when you’re nose-to-nose with that big bowl of goodies on Halloween night.

“Repeatedly behaving in moderation practices self-control around the stimulus and also encourages mindfulness,” says Albin, who believes that for many people mindfulness (being fully aware of what you’re eating while you’re eating it) is the secret to managing food cravings.

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