MILWAUKEE, Wisc. – When Halloween treats start to cast a spell, TOPS Club Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) can help ward off unwanted pounds with timely coping suggestions.
To manage temptation, try the following “out of sight, out of mind” tips:
- Buy treats that aren’t so enticing. If chocolate is a food trigger, buy only gummy treats or small boxes of raisins to distribute to trick-or-treaters.
- Remove excess candy corn and other sweets immediately after trick-or-treat hours end. Give treats to a food pantry, homeless shelter, or, if needed, toss surplus candy in the garbage.
- Turn the refrigerator or pantry door into a roadblock rather than an entry point. Decorate it with a frightful image of a monster ready to terrorize a food plan, or a cute orange curtain that literally blocks the way into the vault of food.
Remember that Halloween treats can include non-food items. Halloween fun lasts longer when kids receive:
- Stickers, colorful shoelaces, or small containers of bubbles from a party store or dollar store.
- New pencils – orange or black – to use at school, along with shaped erasers.
- Pennies, perhaps wrapped in appropriately “slime green” cellophane wrap.
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