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3 Steps for dealing with all of this candy

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I know it, you know it, and your kids definitely know it. You are going to slowly eat all of your children’s best Halloween candy when they aren't looking.

This will go on until one day your kid will wake up to a bag of those orange and black candies, a Chick-O-Stick, and some UNICEF change. Happens every year.

So what’s a health conscious, candy-stealing parent to do? If you are me, first you justify that you are doing them a favor by eating their candy because they don’t need all that. Second, you need to develop a plan.

Step 1- Out of sight, out of mind

Put the candy in a place where you and your kids will not be tempted every time they walk into the kitchen. A top pantry shelf is usually a good place to use.

Step 2- Awareness

Despite looking so “fun” and innocent those little candy bars will add up. PopSugar, oddly enough, has a chart where you can look at the calorie, sugar, and fat content of the most popular fun-sized candies. Eat a few of those and next thing you know, you’ve taken in a quick 500 calories. Enjoy the spoils of being a Halloween candy tax-collecting parent, but be aware of what you are taking in.

Step 3- The Aftermath

Not only do you have your child’s candy to contend with, but often times you have leftover candy AND everyone brings their leftover candy to work. I would suggest you either donate your excess candy or donate it. Soup kitchens, homeless shelters, nursing homes, and organizations who support our fighting men and women overseas are a few options to donate to.

The candy at work problem is a little trickier. You can suggest that you donate the candy as an office to one of the above-mentioned organizations. If not, avoid the places where the offending candy is as much as possible. Avoiding temptation is easier than overcoming temptation.

Also, don’t let yourself get too hungry at work with no healthy options or you will find yourself curing your hanger by eating small families of Snickers.

All of it gets back to being aware and having a plan to overcome. We will get through this, stay strong.

PS-when in doubt, just steal all the work candy and donate it. Burn this message after you read it.

What to do with excess Halloween Candy

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operation-gratitude

Candy is awesome. There I said it!

 

Most fitness pros won’t admit that. They like to act like they eat chicken and broccoli all day long. I do that too, but I finish it off with a Snickers...

 

The problem is when there is too much candy. Maybe you were expecting a ton of Trick Or Treaters and none showed up. Or maybe you went grocery shopping when you were hungry and now you are feeling candy guilt.

 

The guilt where you don’t want to eat all the candy, but you don’t want to throw it away either. Then I have the solution for you!

 

I am participating in Operation Gratitude. We are helping them collect excess Halloween candy to send to our men and women who are serving overseas. We are taking donations starting today and then the last day will be November 11th.

 

If you are in the Huntsville, Madison, Harvest area you can come enjoy a free class on us and drop off your donation. Or you can arrange a time to drop your candy off at another location. You can provide a little taste of home for someone who is far away from theirs.

 

You can also search for locations near you at this link:

 

------>Operation Gratitude

Burpee Calculator? Sickos…

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As One Fitness' Burpee Calculator

As One Fitness' Burpee Calculator

3.4 pounds of candy. That is what the average American eats every year during the Halloween season. I don’t mean to brag, but I think I’m above average on this little stat.

I feel it’s my job as a parent to save my son from eating all of that candy. I’m a giver.

This e-mail is not about avoiding candy all together, it is mainly about being aware how many calories you are taking in. Did you know some sick person came up with a Burpee Calculator? And it wasn’t me if you’re wondering.

You can go check it out and see how many burpees it takes to burn off one fun sized treat. Spoiler alert-it’s depressing.

For instance a person weighing 180 pounds would have to 69 burpees to burn off one fun sized Butterfingers. Dude…

Have a great Halloween, enjoy your candy but also keep everything in perspective.

50 Sneaky Names For Sugar and how to kick the sugar habit in 3 weeks

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Sugar   "I'm surrounded by sugar, send reinforcements!"   Have you thought that at all these past few days? The days before and after Halloween are some tough days in the war on fat.   I am good about avoiding sugar, when it is not around. But when it is in my house, it must be taken down and I am very qualified to do so. I am the guy that thinks it would be a little more "fun" if I didn't have to eat 20 tiny Snickers. Just make them bigger please. No self control.   I need to get off this stuff! Who's with me? Then, I want to share the 3 Week Sugar Cleanse from my Fix Fat Forever Weight Loss System with you.  
This simple, but effective process can help you wean off sugar and jumpstart your health and wellness plans. If you stick to this plan you can expect to: -lose weight -gain more energy -increase mental clarity -improve emotional well­-being.   Not too bad right? So, here we go:   For the first week, your main goal is to cultivate awareness and mindfulness. Practice reading labels and identifying all the sources of added sugar in your diet. I typed up a “50 Sneaky Names For Sugar" document to help with the detective work. A fun and slightly disturbing game is to look at the cereal you or your kids eat and see how many you can find in the ingredients.   50 sneaky names for sugar   This is a great way to teach kids to read nutrition labels as well, and most children enjoy being a nutritional detective. Plus kids will hold you accountable. As I have learned over the past few days with a stern 7 year old wondering why Kit Kat supply has dwindled. He knows the exact amount! I thought it was the perfect crime…   For the second week, start increasing your consumption of whole foods. By adding in healthful choices, you will cut out processed and packaged foods.  These foods are often our main sources of added sugar.   Make sure you pay attention to the beverages you consume as well, and, if possible, substitute sugary beverages with water and tea (not sweet tea, sorry). One word of caution: Artificial sweeteners do more harm than good, so you want to avoid diet drinks as well.   For the third and last week, avoid all forms of sugar and no artificial sweeteners either. You may choose to use natural sweeteners very sparingly if you have to and you can also sweeten your food using fruit juices or puree in very small amounts. The first couple of days may be a little tough, but you should be free of your sugar dependency by the middle of this third week.   If you would like to pick up a copy of the Fix Fat Forever Weight Loss System, you can get one here --->Fix Fat Forever Your results are guaranteed or your money magically returns. It is not a diet, it is a lifestyle change.

Why you’re eating 248% more

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Let's be honest. The sugar consumption is off the chain right now isn't it? The Halloween candy has go to go!

Do you normally eat this much candy?  I know I don't because I don't keep it in the house. A recent study I just read has some disturbing proof.

They placed a bowl of Hershey's kisses within arm's reach of the subjects. They also tried putting the candy in a clear bowl versus a colored bowl. Not too surprisingly, the ones who ate the most were the subjects who had the clear bowl within an arm's reach of them. What shocked me was just how much more they ate. 248% more!

Halloween candy is a very talented opponent. It's delicious, convenient, there is a ton of it, etc...

 

Get It Out Of The House. We've talked about it before, will power does not work long term.

With the holidays coming up and all the other high calorie events that come with it, it's time to buckle down. The sweet tooth is my Achilles heel. I know that sounds confusing, but it is. So I am starting a sweets detox today. Feel free to join me and help keep us both accountable. (I will give you Thanksgiving as a free day).

Step one, get the candy out of the house. Step two, don't bring any more sweets into the house. Step three, batten down the hatches and let's do this.

No sweets till Brooklyn!

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