MAYWOOD, Ill. – Ghosts and goblins, vampires and werewolves, haunted houses and hayrides. Though Halloween is all about being scared silly, the shock from stepping on the scale after pilfering through the collected candy could turn your waistline into a real nightmare. Kara Smith, special project coordinator for the Loyola Center for Fitness, offers these tips to help make Halloween a not-so-weighty fright night:
- Delay buying candy and only buy what you don’t like. Having a bag of trick-or-treat candy on hand will only tempt you to sneak a treat. So wait until a day or two before Halloween and purchase only candy you don’t like to limit the temptation of snacking while handing out goodies to the neighborhood goblins.
- Avoid chocolate candy. Research shows that people tend to eat more chocolate than sour, gummy-textured or hard candies.
Eat a filling, healthy meal on Halloween. Before your kids head out the door to go trick-or-treating make sure you’ve all had a healthy meal so there isn’t a lot of room for candy.
- Chew a sweet, sugarless gum. You won’t have room in your mouth for candy and the taste will help curb your sweet craving without adding calories.
Keep the wrappers. Sometimes you can’t help but give in to the sweet temptation. If so, pick your favorite piece of candy and savor it. Don’t eat in one big bite. Also, keep the wrappers to remind you of how much you’ve eaten and deter you from eating more.
- Put the candy out of sight. Set a limit on how much candy you and your children can eat and then put the candy away. We are less likely to eat food that’s not in front of us.
To help make this a healthier Halloween try handing out these alternative treats when the ghosts knock on your door:
- Halloween pencils
- Stickers or temporary tattoos
- Boxes of raisins
- Sugarless gum
- Packages of instant cocoa mix
- Microwave popcorn
- 100 calorie snack packs
- Vampire teeth and other party favors
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Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, Loyola University Health System is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and 22 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. The medical center campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of the Chicago Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. The heart of the medical center campus, Loyola Hospital, is a 569-licensed-bed facility. It houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children’s Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as the LUC Stritch School of Medicine, the LUC Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola’s Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus in Melrose Park includes the 264-bed community hospital, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness and the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Care Center.