Tips to staying healthy – avoid a holiday diet nightmare

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 31 2012 9:48 a.m. MDT

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"From the candy displays a month before Halloween (reminding you to buy 'just in case you run out') to the huge storehouse from your own kids' trick-or-treating loot, bite-sized candies are everywhere," wrote Darlene Endy for The Post-Standard . Endy is a registered dietitian in Manlius, NY. "At 50 to 100 calories each, it may seem harmless to indulge in several a day, but since candy is primarily sugar it doesn't fill you up like other foods, and can promote weight gain if you keep snacking on it."

>> Buy candy a day before Halloween. "This will keep you from sampling your treats in advance," said Endy.

>> Buy smaller containers for your trick-or-treaters to use, this way they won't bring home large bags full of candy

>> Offer toys, fruit or non-sugary treats as a healthy alternative to trick-or-treaters

>> Serve your trick-or-treaters a fulfilling meal before they go house to house, this way they won't be tempted to eat the candy before they get home, according to Time
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Yum, so not fair to post this picture.

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