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Halloween Do's for Maintaining a Healthy Diet

Do buy treats you don’t like. That way you'll be less likely to indulge yourself.

Do wait until the week of Halloween (or even the morning of the 31st) to buy candy. The less time it's in your home the less likely you'll be to open the bag early. Candy is also often discounted the day before Halloween.

Do hide treats away in a high cabinet or closet. Out of sight; out of mind.

Do be generous. Give away all the candy you bought to trick o’ treaters. The less candy you have laying around the house the better.

Do skip answering the door; leave the candy on the front step if you like and go for a walk (no doubt all the candy will be gone when you return).

Do allow your kids to enjoy their candy, but in moderation. Help your kids portion out 2 or 3 treats and put them in small brown paper bags and staple them shut. Let your kids pick one bag a day after a meal as a surprise treat.[1]

Do opt for mini-sized treats instead of normal-sized, or consider giving out nickels.

[1] http:nutrition.about.com/od/nutritionforchildren/qt/halloweencandy.htm

This is the first step in improving your health and lifestyle.

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I am a board certified Bariatrician and Internal Medicine physician. I will tailor a program specific to your needs, time constraints and abilities.

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