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Halloween Damage Control

November 1, 2014

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Halloween has come and gone. You have cleaned up after the party, removed the costume and taken off the makeup.

Now it’s time to shake off that hangover, and deal with burning off the candy you ate. Yes, it was only a couple of pieces at the office, and a few more from the kid’s trick or treat bags. In essence, each little piece of fun sized candy is not so terrible, calorically speaking. But do you know anyone who eats one little candy corn kernel and calls it a day?

Have no fear, with are here to help with damage control. You already ate it, but there is still time to negate it!

For every Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup you ate, go for a half hour run at a moderate pace (6 mph) to burn it off.

For every mini Tootsie Roll you ate, spend about 5 minutes on the Elliptical at a moderate pace. (You know you ate at least 30 minutes worth so settle in.)

It only takes about 30 minutes of your spin class to negate the effects of a  300+ calorie candy apple. Might as well stay for the whole thing and work off that handful of candy corn while you are at it.

That little bag of Skittles you consumed will cost you a not-so-leisurely walk for almost 1 1/2 hours to torch.

A mere hour in the weight room should get rid of the 3 mini Hershey’s bars you gobbled down. Stick around a little longer if they had almonds.

When you come back, rehydrate, shower and get rid of the rest of the candy to avoid further temptation.

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Scary Facts About Halloween Treats

October 30, 2013

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Halloween is coming and with it, an onslaught of candy and sugary treats. The statistics surrounding the sugar intake of the average American are scarier than a haunted house.

According to The American Dental Association, Americans consume 22 teaspoons of added sugar per day. Teenage boys are the biggest culprits, averaging 34 teaspoons per day, or a whopping 550 calories worth! Most of this comes from sweetened beverages.

The recommended “dosage” for sugar, is no more than 9 teaspoons per day for males, and 6 teaspoons for females.

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While the health risks longterm can include obesity, diabetes and cancer, but the most obvious concern is dental health. While one big Halloween binge will not cause cavities, the there are other risks to consider. Sticky, gooey candies, such as taffy and caramel get wedged between teeth and are more difficult to remove through brushing. They can also stick to dental appliances and cause breakage of fillings and braces.

Many dentists have offered a buy back program to incentivize  kids to give up their candy in the name of oral health. Consider charities that send the excess candy to soldiers serving overseas, or to those less fortunate. Below are some suggestions:

Operation Gratitude (military support)

Operation Shoebox (military support)

Contact  your local nursing homes and homeless shelters to find out if they are accepting donations.

Much of the fun of Halloween is dressing up, carving Jack-O-Lanterns and going trick or treating. Sharing the fun with lose less fortunate will have a positive impact on your family’s health, and bring joy to others who cannot share the experience.

Have a safe and Happy Halloween!

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(Easter) Basket Case

March 29, 2013

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It’s Easter, and inevitably, there will be candy. Here are a few “fun” facts to help you decide if it’s really worth it to indulge:

The Chocolate Bunny:

Your average run of the mill drug store bunny is considered 3 servings. Eat the whole thing for a calorie total of almost 700. Add in 66 grams of fat, and almost 70 grams of sugar. It’s filled with high fructose corn syrup, and other additives. If you are going to go the chocolate route, go for rich dark chocolate. It’s heart healthy and so much more satisfying than a waxy tasting chocolate rabbit.

Jelly Beans:

These little nibbles are fat free, but contain 34 grams of sugar. Don’t even think about what created all those attractive colors. ( if you really want to know, click HERE) That lustrous sheen comes from the secretions of female lac bugs, and is very much the same product used to shellac wood. Yum!

Peeps:
Five of these little chicks will cost you about 140 calories. They are fat free, but contain 34 grams of sugar per serving. They have absolutely no nutritional value, and contain sugar, corn syrup, preservatives, yellow dye and carnauba wax, which is commonly used on cars.  The gelatin that gives them their spongy texture, is made of animal skin, bones, hoofs, cartilage and intestines. Many people prefer them when they are stale. Sorry, but that just doesn’t seem appealing to me.

Dove White Chocolate Mini Eggs:

Um, chocolate isn’t white. This confection is made from cocoa butter, powdered milk and sugar, if you’re lucky. The less expensive versions trade the cocoa butter for vegetable oil. There is absolutely no chocolate in white chocolate. These faux -chocolate tidbits pack about 24 grams of sugar and 24 grams of fat. If you love it, go ahead and enjoy it. Just don’t pretend it’s really chocolate.

Cadbury Cream Eggs:

Each one packs 150 calories, 10 grams of fat, 20 grams of sugar, and Castoreum, which is excreted by beaver’s anal glands. And admit it, you aren’t only going to eat one, are you?

Indulgence is fine, as long as it is worth the splurge. In my opinion, these Easter treats are not it for me. I’d rather have something else.

For children, consider making a basket containing real eggs, dyed with natural food colorings, and baby carrots to share with a cute little stuffed bunny.

Happy Easter!

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