Managing Halloween sugar damage

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(KTVI)- Halloween can be a scary holiday for some kids and parents. That's why Jen McDaniel stopped by to show us three tricks to not only manage the sugary treats of Halloween, but any other 'scary' temptation in your house!

Jen McDaniel is a Licensed Dietitian with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Helpful Tips:

1.  Hide It
a) You are 3x more likely to eat the first thing you see in your cupboard than the 5th one, so arrange your kitchen so the first foods you see are healthy ones.

b) Simply keeping your counter top clear can help you lose weight! In one study kitchen counter tops were photographed, and the women who had a bag of chips, cookies or cereal on the counter top weighed 8-22 pounds heavier than women with nothing on their counters.

c) There are many ways to hide tempting foods - place in the back of your pantry, keep healthy food in the 'clear' and less healthy foods in the 'dark.' Designate a place of less healthy foods like a cabinet in your garage or basement! These simple steps make tempting foods invisible and inconvenient.

2. See It
a) If you take part in eating candy or any other treat, do it mindfully - and make sure you see it while you eat it! This means putting snacks on a plate, not eating out of bag or box.

b) See it by keeping a food journal. Writing down what you eat makes it tough to fool you! It There is not better time to keep a food journal than over the holiday season. It has been proven that the more days you record your foods, the more weight you lose.

c) And when it comes to candy...Studies have shown that people eat about 30 percent less candy when they have to unwrap it, it takes longer to get to the candy plus you can easily see your candy carnage.

3. Enjoy it!
a) Don`t trick yourself into thinking you can`t enjoy any treats over the holidays. Deprivation leads to defeat.
b) Set some healthy treat eating boundaries. Like putting treats into smaller dishes, enjoying treats without multi-tasking, but actually taking the time to mindfully taste what you are eating, and budget in a 100 or 200 calories of a treat daily to avoid binging on something later.
c) If you take the time to set up a house which makes it easy to make the right choices, and mindfully enjoy treats in moderation, you will be more likely to manage holidays treats with little weight gain damage.

For additional information visit: mcdanielnutrition.com

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