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How to Avoid Binging on Halloween Candy

Halloween candy was that highly treasured and desired reason that you went trick or treating as a child (and, potentially, as a teenager, too). If you are an adult now, you likely have hung up your trick or treating costume and decided that you can eat Halloween candy any old time of the year—by simply going to the store and purchasing candy of all types. If you still celebrate Halloween as an adult, you probably throw or attend Halloween parties, at which you once again have to face that age-old temptation on whether to binge on Halloween candy or not. Since many people find it challenging to simply rely on self-control when it comes to eating Halloween candy in moderation, you may need some pointers on how to avoid eating too much Halloween candy.

Eat in the Company of Others

Simply surround yourself with other people if you want to avoid binging on Halloween candy. Because of the psychological characteristic of self-consciousness, being in a group of people will cause you to be more conscious of what and how much food you are eating. You are more prone to overeating when you are by yourself, but with other persons around you, you are held accountable publicly. If you happen to converse with those people around you, that will work additionally to limit the frequency that you put Halloween candy in your mouth. So eating while people are around you is a super-easy and effective means of keeping yourself from binging on Halloween candy.

Give Some Candy Away

Another way to avoid binging on Halloween candy is to just give away a significant portion of your share. Beginning with a smaller quantity of Halloween candy to eat will go a long way to prevent excessive eating. If you happen to throw a party and have quite a bit of candy left over, make sure you give away a sizable amount of that to others, such as trick or treaters or guests departing for the night. In another scenario, if you receive large amounts of Halloween candy, be certain to give a large part of that to someone else. Perhaps you have nieces or nephews whom you could surprise with an additional treat.

Have Something to Drink

Another great way to guard against binging on Halloween candy is to ensure that you fill yourself up faster than you would ordinarily while eating candy. To accomplish this, drink something while eating your Halloween candy. Drinking something, such as water or soda, means that you will simultaneously hold a cup to your lips, thereby interrupting the continuous and hypnotic motion of lifting your fingers to your mouth to put in yet another piece of Halloween candy. Water is always a good choice because it has no calories and is a natural substance. But if you want something more appropriate to go with candy, then think of drinking some milk or even juice.

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