Buy Candy the Day Before Halloween
If you’re stocking up for trick-or-treaters, minimize the number of days the candy is in your house beforehand. Research shows just looking at food triggers the circuitry in our brains that makes us imagine eating it, says Susan Albers, PsyD, a psychologist and author of the book Eating Mindfully. If you’ve already bought candy, keep it out of sight in the back of your pantry until your doorbell starts ringing. Also, many stores offer steep discounts on candy in the days following Halloween—resist the urge to buy just because it’s on sale!
Take the Three-Minute Test
About to bite into that Reese’s? A study in the research journal, Appetite, found that the mood-enhancing properties of candy last only three minutes, says Albers. So before you rip open that wrapper, ask yourself if the indulgence is really worth it.
Act Like a Kid
Remember when you’d get home from trick-or-treating, dump out your entire loot, and sift through it creating multiple piles: candy you love, candy you sorta like, and candy you hate/want to trade? Apply that same filter when you’re about to dig into the office candy bowl. If it’s not on the “candy you love” list, don’t eat it. Also, chances are your parents had some rigid rules around how much candy you could eat each day after Halloween-consider setting them for yourself now. For example, you can have one or two mini candies a day for week, then you’ll get rid of the loot.