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Why do we crave sweet treats so much and what can we do about it?

Here’s some ways to divert those sweet cravings on Halloween and beyond:

1. Stop starving yourself!

Make sure to keep your body nourished with whole, healthy food, especially lean proteins which will make you feel more satiated. That way you’ll be less likely to binge on sweet treats. 🙂

2. Know the sneaky power of sugar

Sugar tastes good! It’s also incredibly addictive. Many processed foods are scientifically engineered for us to want more. Know the power of sugar before you indulge - mindfulness is everything.

3. Listen to your body

Before you indulge, check your fatigue level. Research shows that when you’re tired, you’re more likely to turn to a food you crave to give you more energy. The next time this happens, pay attention to your stress level. Take a walk. Enjoy a cup of tea. Drink some water, as research suggests that many times people mistake hunger cues for being thirsty.

Here’s some more strategies to manage the urge to indulge for Halloween and beyond:

Out of sight, out of mind - If you buy your candy ahead of time, put it away where you won’t readily see it, like in the back of a dark closet.

Buy candy you don’t love - You’ll be less inclined to indulge. 🙂

Allow yourself to savor one piece of your candy a day - Enjoy eating the candy mindfully, not mindlessly like we so often do.

Chew gum - Chewing sugarless gums has been shown not only to relieve stress and improve focus, but it also can help satisfy your sweet tooth.

Happy Halloween! Have fun and stay safe! 🎃

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