For many of us, Halloween is the unofficial start of the holiday season – two months of bite-size candy, homemade treats, rich desserts, and family dinners. Here are our top-ten strategies to avoid tasty temptations.

  1. Buy candy you don’t love. If your kids enjoy it – that’s all that matters. And it’s always easier to avoid the candy dish if it’s filled with sweets that aren’t your favorites.
  2. Out of sight, out of mind. Ask your coworkers for a little help and slip their candy into a drawer instead of on their desk.
  3. Savor one piece of your favorite candy a day. A taste of candy each day will not derail even the most strict of diet plans. Commit to enjoying only one piece and treat yourself responsibly.
  4. Chew gum. Sugarless gum gives your mouth a burst of sweet sensation for very few calories.
  5. Replace the candy with better choices. Make the see-food diet work in your favor by putting out a bowl of colorful fruit or veggies in place of the candy.
  6. Move the candy jar. Studies show that we’re less likely to reach for the candy dish if it’s even a little out of reach.
  7. Count the empty wrappers. Don’t throw away your bite-size candy wrappers immediately. Keep them in sight so you can track how many you’ve eaten. It’s about accountability.
  8. Take a walking break. Fill your lungs with fresh air instead of filling your belly with candy.
  9. Manage your hunger. Make time to eat a healthy breakfast and keep fruit, low-fat yogurt and granola at your desk or in your fridge.
  10. Sip on a low-calorie beverage. Staying hydrated is an easy way to curb hunger. Satisfy your sweet tooth with apple juice or hot cocoa.