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How to manage kids candy consumption during Halloween

How to manage kids candy consumption during Halloween (Photo: MGN)

Halloween is all about the candy, but you don't want your children eating too much Halloween candy in one night. Author of the forthcoming book Bright Line Eating: The Science of Living Happy, Thin and Free & Rochester-based food Psychologist Susan Peirce Thompson shows in her work that sugar consumption can be addicting and managing how much a child eats is important.

Thompson shares tips such as:

? Let kids enjoy and binge on their candy for 1 day or possibly 2, but 3 days absolute max.

? Refrain from limiting their candy intake during that time. Limiting intake will create too much of a focus and possibly, a fixation. Instead, allow them to indulge.

? Avoid trying to replace their candy binge with, say, a binge on carrots. They’ll feel deceived and cheated and will only crave candy all the more.

? Above all, model good eating habits year-round, with plenty of fresh fruits and veggies but minimal sweets.

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