Halloween is a fun day and should be left at that, a day.

Don’t derail your nutrition program because there is more candy accessible this week than usual. Eating candy loaded with sugar and high fructose corn syrup can set your body up to crave sweets more and more.

Candida albicans is just one form of unhealthy flora that live in your gut. These ghosts and goblins live off of sugar and proliferate like gremlins when fed too much of the stuff. When they are in overgrowth it can lead to a compromised immune system, frequent colds, infections and dis-ease in the body.

Also, many crappy candies contain artificial colors which can lead to migraines. So, I say, do your best to avoid candy but if you must indulge, find healthier substitutes for your absolute favorites. Here are some ideas:

Reese’s peanut butter cups: buy some dark chocolate (70% and up) and natural peanut or almond butter and simply smear a teaspoon onto a square of chocolate. Dark chocolate contains much less sugar than milk chocolate and there should be no sugar in your natural nut butters.

Skittles and Starburst: if sweet, fruity candy is your thing then grab some dried fruit and cut them up into tiny bits. Try dried persimmons or peaches. Yum!

Caramel Candy: if sweet and salty caramel is what you crave then buy a bag of kettlecorn from Whole Foods or a health food store that doesn’t sell products with high fructose corn syrup in them. 3 cups will cost you about 150 calories and fill you up at the same time.

 

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  • Amine says:

    We don’t do Halloween at our house. But, I do take candy to work for when the employees’ chelrdin come through. I definitely buy stuff I like to eat as it is one of the few times I’ll allow myself to eat candy. Reese’s, mini KitKats, ohmygoodness. Peanut M&Ms are healthy b/c they have nuts…right? 🙂 Get what you want to eat. If you are going to take in calories, relish them. And, you can freeze leftovers for emergencies or to make cookies (you know, make cookie dough like for chocolate chip cookies and instead of chocolate chips, chop up your favorite candies).

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