Halloween for Dieters

Friday, October 25, 2013

Halloween is a day when most people will come in direct contact with a large variety of food that they shouldnt eat, including a lot of candy. That can be a nightmare for dieters. Dr. Edward Hill discusses some ways that dieters can survive Halloween with their diet intact.

Dr. Hill:

Halloween can be a scary holiday for grown-upsnot because of the spooky costumes or haunted houses, but because of the havoc it can cause to those who are trying to diet.

Here are some tips that may help you survive Halloween night with your diet intact.

Buy candy youre not crazy about. If you're a chocolate lover, give away Skittles or Twizzlers.

Give out nonfood treats such as small toys, stickers or pencils instead of candy.

Offer healthier treats such as raisins, sugar-free gum or nuts.

Dont skip supper. Its much easier to resist candy when youre not hungry.

Keep your hands and mouth busy while you hand out treats on Halloween night by sipping hot tea, decaf coffee, apple cider or light hot cocoa.

Avoid boredom. People often end up munching mindlessly when theyre bored, so keep busy Halloween night. Go trick-or-treating with the kids, go to the movies or attend a Halloween celebration.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.